2020: Venture NY

Upstate Capital is hosting Venture NY online on April 30, 2020. The conference is dedicated to New York entrepreneurs and investors. The event includes an invitation-only, closed-door startup pitch session, a keynote address by Lindsay Stencel, Partner at Thompson Hine LLP and Co-Founder of W Fund, and structured,  online networking facilitated by match-making software.

The startup/investor pitch session will combine tech-enabled startup companies with a curated list of accredited investors looking to invest in the CleanTech, MedTech, Software Solutions, and Consumer Goods industries. Each company receives pitch advice and mentorship from Upstate Capital investor members prior to the event.

Companies across New York and outside the state applied to pitch at the event. Finalists were chosen by the Venture NY Committee, including Committee Chair, Lindsay Stencel, Alfonso Aguila of Armory Square Ventures, Brian Model of Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners, Jennifer Tegan and Momo Bi of NY Ventures, and Noa Simons of Upstate Capital.

The public is invited to join the startups who participated in the pitch session and investors for Lindsay Stencel’s keynote address “Being Lindsay”. Stencel recently joined Ohio-based law firm Thompson Hine as a partner after serving as the COO, CIO, and Managing Partner at Launch NY. Venture NY VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Q&A session with Stencel before the keynote, and will receive an Upstate Capital curated gift box.

After the keynote, networking online between investors, entrepreneurs, professional advisors, and other business leaders will be facilitated by match-making software. The software uses an algorithm to connect attendees through their interests and gives people the ability to book real-time, 1:1 meetings online.

Upstate Capital’s Executive Director Noa Simons says, “Events with 1-1 networking don’t need to be put on hold just because face-to-face meetings aren’t happening now. Our membership and the investment community as a whole can continue to make connections despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Upstate Capital supports the community and its mission to bring deal flow to investors and access to capital for companies.”

The event is free for Upstate Capital members, $25 for the general public, and $95 for a limited number of VIP tickets that include an exclusive Q&A session with Lindsay Stencel and a special Upstate Capital event box mailed to ticket holders featuring Stencel’s favorite business book and curated Upstate NY-produced treats.

The event is supported by New York organizations that are dedicated to the investment community and include Eastern New York Angels, Innovate 518, the Center for Economic Growth, Fuzehub, NYSTAR,New York Ventures. To learn more about the event and to register, visit