Rochester Innovation Week Events

November 6th-10th, 2017

About Rochester Innovation Week

The week of November 6th is full of amazing events in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is a testament to the rapid growth of the startup community in Rochester and to its vitality. We hope you’ll join us to hear from an experienced entrepreneur & venture capitalist, to see incredible pitches from companies in the photonics, optics, and imaging industry, and to meet young entrepreneurs in Rochester. We are grateful to our sponsors, Innovative Solutions and AT&T.

Learn all about exciting Innovation Week events below.


Paul Singh Meet & Greet

November 6th, 7:00-10:00pm 

Join us at Radio Social for an informal meet and greet with serial entrepreneur & venture capitalist Paul Singh. Bowling lanes will be available and light bites will be served.

This event is sponsored by Innovative Solutions.

This event is for HTR member companies only. Registration details are available in the HTR Insider.

Paul Singh at the Penthouse

November 7th, 6:00-8:00pm
Join us at the Penthouse at One East Ave on for an insightful talk by Paul Singh, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He’s on a North American Tech Tour aiming to discover outstanding startups outside of Silicon Valley. Singh’s talk is entitled “The Business of (Tech) Startups: The Intersection of Startups, Venture Capital, and Economic Development. It’s sure to be thought-provoking and educational! Light bites will be served. This event is powered by AT&T.

AT&T’s support for High Tech Rochester and this unique entrepreneurial event grows out of the company’s commitment to foster local innovation by providing opportunities for area entrepreneurs, technologists, makers and developers to create new technologies and act on ideas that could positively impact their communities and strengthen the greater Rochester area’s burgeoning innovation economy and ecosystem.

Office Hours with Paul Singh

November 7th and 8th, various times 
Paul Singh will be hosting office hours where he meets with startup founders one-on-one. Submit your application online; Singh will select companies for meetings and notify them one week before the Tech Tour.

Luminate Lightning Awards

November 8th, 4:00-6:30pm 
Join us at the Hyatt to hear the 20 finalists for the Luminate accelerator program pitch their ideas. 10 teams will be selected for the first cohort of Luminate; each team will receive $100,000 and have the opportunity to compete for the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Rochester Young Professionals 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Expo

November 8th, 5:30-8:30pm 
Join Rochester Young Professionals for their 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Expo! Meet young entrepreneurs in the community and network with innovative individuals.

Startup Drinks

November 9th, 6:00-9:00pm

The #ROC startup community will be gathering to socialize, network, brainstorm, and enjoy good company and tasty drinks. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to attend! Anyone can stop by to meet the innovators in the community and learn more about the local startup scene.