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About Us

Upstate Capital is a robust membership network for private equity investors, M&A professionals, venture capital investors, CEOs and business owners, entrepreneurs and ecosystem support professionals. The Upstate Capital Association of New York is a 501c6 membership association built by venture capital and Private Equity investors and professionals. The organization was founded in 2003. The organization supports the Capital Foundation of NY, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that supports education and entrepreneurship development.


Noa Conger Simons

President & CEO

Bailey Burke

Events Director

Holly Bruce

Administrative Support


Investors representing the full spectrum of capital available to companies from inception through the lifecycle of the business serve on the board, alongside a number of business and investment transaction professionals. 

Executive Committee

Randy Bianchi

Managing Partner, Lakelet Capital

Noa Conger Simons

President & CEO, Upstate Capital

Jennifer Tegan

Managing Director, NY Ventures

Brian Model

Managing Partner, Topmark Partners

Sam Ticknor

Principal, Union Hill Advisors

Ari David Kocen

Managing Member, Bluehenge Capital Partners

Mike Lasch

Managing Director, Pine Street Capital

Marissa Wiley

Partner, Nixon Peabody

David Brown Square2

David Brown

Managing Partner, Impellent Ventures

Board Members

David Helgerson

Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Somak Chattopadhyay

Managing Partner, Armory Square Ventures

Thomas Quinn

CEO, WNY Impact Investment Fund

Christina Orsi

Associate Vice President, Economic Development, University at Buffalo

Vikram Agrawal

President & CEO, Levrx Technology Inc.

Lindsay Karas Stencel

Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Nicholas Querques

Nicholas Querques

Director of New Ventures, SUNY Research Foundation

Sean Moskal

Senior Vice President, KeyBank

Jeremy Shure

Grasshopper Bank, Chief Revenue Officer

Rami Katz

COO, Excell Partners

Grum, Pete

Pete Grum

Director, Rand Capital

David Dinolfo

David Dinolfo

Principal, The Bonadio Group

Annual Reports


Event Sponsorships

Event sponsors help to drive content for a panel, discussion and communications at individual events.  Please navigate to any of our annual events to view event sponsorship opportunities.

Annual Sponsorships

Annual sponsors have multiple opportunities for engaging with the investment community throughout the year.

Exclusive naming rights for one marquee event or one signature product – e.g. Saratoga Forum, Buffalo Private Equity Summit, Quarterly Deal Report, Annual Report
Consideration for a board seat – Provider BoD positions are 1-year terms and are selected by the board based on value added to the community ✓
Featured listing in Upstate Capital’s Who’s Who in VC + Growth and PE + M&A Membership Guide
Speaking and/or planning roles for selected event (introduction, panel, etc.)
Entitled to purchase passes to the invite-only Saratoga Forum
Exhibit spaces at selected online and in-person events
Year-round support sharing content in newsletter and social media
Year-round branding on website, in the Annual Report and Who’s Who in VC + Growth and PE + M&A Membership GuideProminentIncluded
Individual membership seatsCustom10


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42 N. Chestnut St, Ste 101, New Paltz NY 12561
Phone: (845) 204-8090

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Annual Sponsors