Ideas meet resources at the Funding Roadmap workshop, September 12

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The Syracuse Innovation Connectors presents the 2nd Annual Funding Roadmap Workshop, September 12, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY.

The program is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs and established startups.  It features panels and presentations coordinated by the Syracuse Innovation Connectors — a consortium of government, business, incubation, acceleration and resource organizations across Central NY who collaborate to share information, build alliances, and connect regional resources to better assist our next generation entrepreneurs.

The agenda includes:

11:00 AM        Lunch/Registration/Networking

11:30 AM        Welcome by Rick Clonan, VP, CenterState CEO

11:40 AM        Economic Growth/Development by Honora Spillane, Deputy Commissioner, Syracuse Neighborhood & Business Development, and William P. Fisher, Deputy Executive, Onondaga County

Part 1 MONEY MEETS STARTUPS:  Pre-launch and Early stage funding

12:20 PM        Joanne Lenweaver, Executive Director, WISE Women’s Business Center

12:30 PM        “Dollars to Startups” by Ronald Tascarella, E.V.P. Chief Credit Officer, Pathfinder Bank

12:55 PM        Bob Herz, Insourcing

1:00 PM         Concept to Launch to Growth – Moderated by Kathryn Cartini, Chief Marketing Officer, UVC and founding partner, Chloe Capital

  • Aaron Wolf, Antoxerene
  • Paula Doyle, EndoGlow
  • Logan Bonney, Anything But Beer
  • Charles Preuss, Imajion
  • Drew Shoup, The Print Hub

1:50 PM         The value of co-working, Amy Wyant, President and CEO, Tech Geekery

2:05 PM         BREAK

2:15 PM         Non-traditional Funding – Moderated by Amy Wyant

  • Benjamin Alexander, NYBDC and Excelsior Growth Fund
  • Marci Sonneborn, Syracuse University, TDO / SBIR consultant
  • Britty Buonocore, Flour and Salt Bakery, a successful crowdfunding campaign
  • Mike Rosanio, CNY Regional Planning and Development Board / CNY Enterprise Fund
  • Traci Geisler, CEO/TTG’s TC Growth Fund

3:05 PM         Grace Conners, Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. SBA

3:15 PM         Joan Powers, Director, NYS SBDC at Onondaga Community College

3:25 PM         Armory Square Ventures, Somak Chattopadhyay, Managing Partner


3:45 PM         Kathi Durdon, Executive Director, CNY Biotech Accelerator

4:00 PM         Be Prepared for the Investor panel, moderated by Kathi Durdon

  • Chloe Capital, Kathryn Cartini
  • Angel / private investor perspective, Lynn Smith, Damon Barclay
  • StartFast, James Shomar
  • Armory Square Ventures, Somak Chattopadhyay
  • Bill Fisher, Deputy Executive, Onondaga County

4:50 PM         Lynn Hughes, The Tech Garden

5:00 PM         Resource tables, happy hour and networking

5:30 PM         Adjourn

Syracuse Innovation Connectors include:

The Funding Roadmap workshop is sponsored by Armory Square Ventures and Pathfinder Bank.  Registration is $10.00.
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