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Providing valuable connections and resources to promote successful startups.

Local Funding

Excell Technology Ventures

Excell is a VC fund that invests in Seed and Early Stage high-tech startups in New York State focused on Upstate NY. Excell has the dual mission of generating returns through its funds’ that rank in the top-quartile of its benchmarks, and supporting regional economic development by providing entrepreneurs with hands-on support as well as investment capital.

Simon School Venture Fund

The Simon School Venture Fund (SSVF) is an early stage seed fund run by MBA and Master’s students at the Simon School, University of Rochester.

Rochester Angel Network

The Rochester Angel Network is a private group of accredited investors in the Greater Rochester, NY Region with an interest in investing in seed and early stage startup companies. The network provides an accessible and efficient forum by which entrepreneurs can find potential investors, and investors can find deals of interest.

Cayuga Venture Fund

Cayuga Ventures is interested in upstate New York startups at various stages across a wide range of industries.

Launch NY

Launch NY is a nonprofit venture development organization in Upstate New York providing pro bono mentoring and access to risk capital for high-growth startups.

Chloe Capital

Chloe Capital is a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in women.

RIT Venture Fund

RIT Venture Fund provides investment capital to early stage companies that are focused on the creation of intellectual property in fields that complement RIT’s core academic competencies and that have a strong connection to the RIT community.

Armory Square Ventures

Armory Square Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Upstate NY and NYC.

Local Incubators & Accelerators


Luminate is a startup accelerator focused on advancing next generation optics, photonics, and imaging enabled companies.


Formerly known as High Tech Rochester, NextCorps provides startup resources in Rochester, NY & is a business incubator for early-stage through growth-stage startups and manufacturing businesses.

Venture Creations

RIT Venture Creations is a technology business incubator that provides a range of services to seed/mid-seed stage startups to help them advance their businesses.

Local Business Plan & Startup Competitions


43North is a startup competition in Buffalo, NY that invests $5 million per year in pre-seed and seed stage startups.


The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is a venture creation and innovation competition that was established in 2010 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities.

Entrepreneurial Community & Resources

Upstate Venture Connect

UVC’s mission is to connect and empower Upstate NY entrepreneurs with the resources for building high-growth companies.

Upstate Capital Association of New York

The mission of Upstate Capital is to increase access to capital for companies and deal flow for investors across Upstate New York by connecting the investment community.


MedTech is New York’s trade association for the bio/med industry.


RocGrowth is a portal for entrepreneurs and innovators in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of N.Y.

Nexus i90

Nexus i90’s mission is to help small businesses thrive across the Greater Rochester Area. They provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with free, easy access to the vital assistance, resources, and information they need.

Educational Resources

Y Combinator Startup Library

Y Combinator is an American seed stage startup accelerator launched in March 2005, which has been used to launch over 2,000 companies.

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is the preeminent trade association for the venture community in the United States.

Model Legal Agreements from NVCA

The NVCA offers model legal agreements as a free resource.

Choice of Business Entity: Pros and Cons of Corporations and LLCs

Article from Mintz Insights

Formation 101: Founder Stock and Vesting

Video from Mintz Insights

Financing Your Venture: Venture Capital

Video series fro Kauffman Founders Scool

View our full list of educational resources