Upstate Capital Annual Event

2020 Annual Awards Celebration

WHEN: December 9, 2020

WHERE: Online


The Upstate Capital Association of New York is hosting the 5th Annual Celebration & Awards event (online!) to celebrate the investment ecosystem across New York. 

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.

Our marquee annual celebration highlights the most interesting deals and most active dealmakers across New York State in seed, venture, private equity and corporate finance. Over 100 companies and individuals will be nominated from all across New York State for awards that recognize individuals and teams that build businesses and conduct transactions.


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

Venture NY is taking place in conjunction with Upstate Capital’s Annual Awards Celebration

The Upstate Capital Association of New York is hosting the Venture NY Series A Showcase in partnership with 43North, GENIUS NY, 76West, GrowNY and Luminate.

Featuring some of the fastest-growing startups from across New York, this event includes pitches and opportunities for group and 1-1 networking. This statewide collaboration is the first of its kind.

2020 Winners

2020 Covid Response of the Year

Quadrant Biosciences

2020 Investment of the Year

Atlast Foods

Seed/Angel Deal of the Year


Venture Capital Deal of the Year

Heart Health Intelligence

Growth Equity Deal of the Year

Bush Industries & Lorraine Capital

PE Exit of the Year

2020 Dealmaker of the Year

Sean Moskal

Vice President, KeyBank

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dick Frederick

Eastern New York Angels


Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!