Our President and CEO Noa Simons sat down with one of our newest board members, David Brown, for an in-depth interview. David is Founding Managing Partner at Impellent Ventures in Rochester, NY. In addition, he is Founding Managing Partner of NextGen Venture Partners. The interview explores his founding of Impellent Ventures, the steps that led […]

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 […]

Startups wanted: INVEST NY

 Are you running a startup and considering raising capital? APPLY TO PITCH Upstate Capital hosts events every few weeks featuring startups. Check out what’s coming up! October 22 – Invest NY: Energy, Transportation & Impact – for cleantech companies (submission deadline is September 25) Startups: we want to meet you!  We’ve got preferences (but not […]