13th Annual SmartStart UNYTECH Venture Forum

Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY

Presented by the Center for Economic Growth, The Smart Start UNYTECH Venture Forum is an important showcase for the most promising technology companies and business innovators from throughout NYS and beyond.

This is New York State’s premier early-stage venture forum where the best companies from across the state present to the investment firms from New England to the Mid-Atlantic regions. Presented annually in the spring, companies are identified and vetted for participation in this event, and the resultant program features the state’s best venture capital investment deal flow exposure across all market segments and technologies. Additionally, university spin-off companies are also presented as the up-and-coming pipeline of promising companies representing tomorrow’s investment opportunities.

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SmartStart UNYTECH is the premier Upstate NY venture forum where VC firms look to see the best that the state has to offer for deal flow.  Now in its 13th year, SmartStart UNYTECH has to date highlighted 285 high-quality companies from throughout the state and beyond to the VC community, and their success speaks the quality of deal flow we select.  Of these companies, 64 have raised more than $500 M in equity financing, including more than $72 M directly attributable to their participation in the forum. In 2007, SmartStart was merged with UNYTECH, the Upstate University forum highlighting early-stage university spin-outs.  Additionally, this forum is marketed and recognized by many East Coast and Mid-Atlantic venture funds as the place to get Upstate NY technology deal flow.  We recognize each year some standout presentations with Best Business Presentation, Most Promising Technology and Most Likely to be Funded awards.

This unique event displays the very best early-stage companies from throughout the entire state of New York and beyond. Venture capital funds, seed investment funds and angel groups and investors can meet with and learn more about these company’s teams, technologies and plans for succeeding in the marketplace. Additionally, experienced entrepreneurs are exposed to upcoming companies for their potential involvement, and many of the venture company service providers will also be on hand at this showcase event.

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Tentative Agenda

Day One
May 15, 2013
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Presentations TBD
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception
Day Two
May 16, 2013
7:30 am – 8:30 am:  Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome Remarks
9:00 am – 10:20 am: Presentations – Session I
10:20 am – 10:40 am: Morning Break
10:40 am – 11:50 am: Presentations – Session II
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:25 pm: Presentations – Session III
2:25 pm – 2:45 pm: Closing Remarks & Awards & Prizes

The 2013 Venture Forum will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.
Address: 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12211
Phone: 518.869.8100 or 1.800.448.9500 | Web:

This event has been assigned the following room block code for on-line reservations: 1208OL.  For reservations made via telephone please refer to SmartStart UNYTECH Venture Forum when making a reservation
Room Rate: $144
Book By: April 23, 2013

For sponsorship information, please contact Elena D’Agnese at 518-465-8975 ext. 228.

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