Winners of 2021 New York Business Plan Competition Announced

New Paltz, NY  –  On May 7, 2021, judging panels consisting of business and industry professionals from across the nation decided the winners of the 12th annual New York Business Plan Competition.  Hosted by the Upstate Capital Association of New York, the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is New York’s intercollegiate entrepreneurship competition. This […]


Every quarter, Upstate Capital aggregates deal flow across Upstate New York.  Data includes deals that you and other Upstate Capital community members report, in addition to data collected from other sources.  Deal Highlights:– The Hudson Valley leads this quarter’s deal totals with 20 transactions– Information Technology, B2B and Healthcare were the leading sectors for deals done […]

Recap: Annual Awards Celebration

Upstate Capital hosted its 5th Annual Awards Celebration to celebrate the investment ecosystem across Upstate New York. 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 […]

Recap: Venture NY

On December 9 online, for the first time, the Upstate Capital Association of New York hosted the Venture NY Series A Showcase in partnership with 43North, GENIUS NY, 76West, Grow-NY and Luminate NY. The event featured some of the fastest-growing startups from across New York, and included investor pitches and opportunities for group and 1-1 […]

Event Recap: Entrepreneurs and Investors Growing More Good Jobs in Local Communities

On November 4, 2020, Upstate Capital hosted Entrepreneurs and Investors Growing More Good Jobs in Local Communities, sponsored by Harter Secrest & Emery, Topmark Partners and Armory Square Ventures. First, Martin Babinec spoke with Sam Ticknor about building companies, investing in them, and supporting the Upstate NY ecosystem. The panel discussion that followed featured active investors across the […]

Event Recap: The Buffalo PE Summit

The Private Equity and M&A deal-making community came together on September 24, 2020 for Upstate Capital’s second annual Buffalo PE Summit.  Over fifteen PE investors, deal makers and M&A professionals spoke about the latest data and activity from the private equity sector in Upstate New York.   Bob Wegbreit, Partner, GF Data  Bob set the stage […]

Member Highlight: Joe Jessup

Meet Joe Jessup: Partner, Fractional CFO at TechCXO, LLC For Joe Jessup, it’s all about the people. He’s an Ex-Citicorp global banker with a CFA and recent roles as CFO and advisor for entrepreneurial and mid-sized companies across consumer products, food & beverage, E-commerce, education and training, financial services and other industries. He’s a Partner, […]

New Member Highlight: Don Shiers, Paramax Corporation

Meet Don Shiers: Senior VP at Paramax Corporation and Upstate Capital’s newest member Paramax Corporation is an investment banking firm focused on strategic sell-side transactions. They offer valuation services, fairness & solvency opinions, buy-side advisory services and financing advisory services. Don Shiers, Senior VP, is active in all phases of sell-side, buy-side, valuation and consulting […]