Upstate Capital Annual Event

2021 Annual Awards Celebration

WHEN: December 8, 2021

WHERE: Rochester, NY


The Upstate Capital Association of New York is hosting the Annual Celebration & Awards event 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.

Nominations open in the Fall – Stay tuned!


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