Upstate Capital Annual Event

2019 Annual Awards Celebration

WHEN: December 4, 2019

WHERE: Rochester, NY


Upstate Capital hosted its 4th Annual Awards Celebration to celebrate the investment ecosystem across Upstate New York on December 4, 2019 in Rochester, NY. The marquee event highlights the most interesting deals and most active dealmakers across the state in seed, venture, private equity and corporate finance. Over 100 companies and individuals were nominated from all across New York State for awards that recognize individuals and teams that build businesses and conduct transactions.

Founded in 2003, our mission is to increase access to capital for companies and deal flow for investors. We believe that cultivating relationships between entrepreneurs and capital providers is a pillar of a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem, and that by supporting and celebrating investment transactions, we support a diverse, vibrant local economy.


Over 200 entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, investors and capital providers (angel, seed, venture, private equity, private debt and senior lenders), professional advisors (attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, consultants, and key stakeholders (local and regional press, local and state politicians)


Our 2019 deal celebration was a sell-out event – it featured Brett Palmer, President of the Small Business Investors Alliance, the association of senior private equity investment professionals focused on the lower middle market whose members represent the entire private capital ecosystem. It is an alliance for professional fellowship, business opportunities, innovation, regulatory expertise and market data

2019 Winners

2020 Investment of the Year

Vyv - Vital Vio

Vyv, formally Vital Vio

Seed/Angel Deal of the Year

LC Drives

Venture Capital Deal of the Year

AeroSafe Global

AeroSafe Global

Growth Equity Deal of the Year

eHealth Technologies

Private Equity Deal of the Year

LeverPoint Management

Exit of the Year

2019 Dealmaker of the Year

John Koeppel

John Koeppel

Partner and Private Equity Leader at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Lindsay Karas Stencel

Partner at Thompson Hine LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Albers