Upstate Capital Annual Event

Future of Air & Space

WHEN: July 13, 2023

WHERE: Innovare Advancement Center: 592 Hangar Rd, Rome, NY

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Future of Air & Space presented by National Grid highlights innovation in the air and space industry in Upstate New York. This event brings together professionals from established companies, investors, and dealmakers together with entrepreneurs.

Cutting-edge innovation is happening in Upstate NY in UAS and uncrewed systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), edge & quantum computing, and their applications. Attendees will learn about tech, working with the Department of Defense, and make connections with investors, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals. Together, this event facilitates discovering synergies for longer-term business relationships.

This exclusive aerospace and defense investor event includes:

  • Curated startup meet and greets to discover promising investment opportunities.
  • Insights into working with the Department of Defense (DoD) as a customer and understand their research priorities.
  • Explore future outlooks for uncrewed systems (UAS), AI/ML, edge and quantum computing, and other related technologies.

Who Will Be There?

Future of Air & Space will be attended by startup entrepreneurs and innovators, experienced executives, and active investors in artificial intelligence, machine learning, drones and uncrewed systems.


General Attendees: $95
Upstate Capital Members: $50


July 13, 2023


Registration + Lunch: More than 100 people including investors, leaders of startups and established companies, dealmakers, and industry professionals


Panel Discussion: Funding Sources for A+D Companies – Demystifying Access to Funding


Tours, Expo + Networking


Panel: Working with DoD Beyond Funding


Conversations: Investor/Entrepreneur with Lockheed


Summer Soiree

Planning Advisors

Seth Mulligan

Senior Director for Innovation and Partnerships at the Griffiss Institute

Melissa Tallman

Director of Brand Strategy & Marketing at the Griffiss Institute

Kelly Maher Poynter

Program Support for HUSTLE Defense Accelerator at the Griffiss Institute

Kara Jones

Director of Genius NY

Emma Spector

Program Coordinator of Genius NY

Jacqueline Blackburn

Principal at Decisive Point

Ryan Benitez

Partner at Decisive Point

Grant Fox

Director, Mid-Atlantic Region at NSIN – National Security Innovation Network

Karen Roth

Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate

Anthony Newton


Tim Lawton

Director of Marketing & Public Relations at NUAIR


Email Noa Simons, President & CEO, at or call (845) 204-8090 regarding sponsorship and participation.

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Invest NY: Future of Air & Space 2022

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Invest NY: Future of Aerospace & Defense 2021

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