Congratulations, Kate Cartini!

By Ain CFE Staff
One of our Experts-in-Residence, Kathryn Cartini, has been named one of The Business Journals’ “Influencers: Rising Stars” for 2018. 


The Business Journals consortium of over 40 business publications recently shared their list of 100 Influencers: Rising Stars. This list celebrates people in business throughout the country who are positively impacting their companies and communities at a relatively young age. These individuals are selected for their actions, as well as for their vision of business for the future.

From an initial pool of over 1,000 names, Kate Cartini and 99 of her peers were chosen for this honor. The Business Journals heavily relied upon the network’s 40 Under 40 profiles, but whittled those names down in order to find the top 100 candidates.

Leadership team for Upstate Venture Connect

Kate Cartini, the UVC team, and Marc Randolph (Netflix founder) at the 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference.

Kate began with the Ain Center as an EIR just over a year ago, but has been in the startup space for many years. In addition to her multiple volunteer roles throughout the community, she currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Upstate Venture Connect, a Partner at Chloe Capital, and the CEO/Founder of Peacock Media, her own storytelling and marketing firm.

Upon graduation from Syracuse University, she worked as a journalist and moved around the east coast, simultaneously engaging with innovative communities and gaining interest in the field. Eventually, she moved back to upstate New York to help grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help the region flourish. Over the past few years, Kate has done her part – both through her professional and volunteer activities. We are proud to have Kate Cartini as part of our entrepreneurship team at the University and we send her the utmost congratulations on this honor!

Leadership team for Chloe Capital

The Chloe Capital team of Erica O’Brian, Elisa Miller-Out, and Kathryn Cartini.

Kate will be leading a storytelling/pitching workshop on River Campus in March 2019, so be on the lookout for those details!

Interested in talking with Kate or one of our other experienced entrepreneurs? Check out our Experts-in-Residence program and make an appointment today!