A week of education, inspiration, and connections to fuel your business growth.

Built specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Upstate New York, NextCorps’ annual Startup Week offers free virtual workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

Startup Week 2022 is a wrap! Thank you to all of our speakers, panelists, and attendees. Recordings are available below.

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Monday, March 28 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

Before you market to everyone, make sure you know what audience you can actually capture.

Mike DiCaprio, Director of Communications Planning at OMD and instructor at Syracuse University, will delve into the steps you can take to more clearly identify who you need to reach first.

Monday, March 28 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Do you have an idea for a web or mobile app, but aren’t sure where to start?

Matt Foley, Managing Director of Startup Incubation at NextCorps, will take you through how to validate your software startup idea and then get it built as a non-technical founder, without draining your 401k or company coffers.

Tuesday, March 29 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

If you’re starting a business in Upstate NY, you’re in a good place.

Hear from the leaders at four regional innovation hot spots about the programs, investments, incubators, and startup activities that are helping founders grow their businesses — from Buffalo to Rochester, all the way to Syracuse and the Southern Tier.

Tuesday, March 29 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Ever wonder how other startups are making significant progress?

Hear four very different approaches to growth in this panel discussion with founders who have taken advantage of available resources to overcome challenges and take their business to the next level.

Wednesday, March 30 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

The most successful companies have something in common: Their founders have similar attitudes and behaviors.

Özge Kantas, Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. John Fisher College, and Social and Personality Psychologist, will explore the many ways to develop a healthy founder’s mindset. 

Wednesday, March 30 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM


Looking for the secrets to being more successful as a leader and entrepreneur?

Gregg Lederman, serial entrepreneur and New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of three leadership books, shares what the “best of the best” do in the workplace and in other areas of their lives to think and act in more productive, performance-focused, and humanistic ways.

Thursday, March 31 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

Ever wonder why some sales people can get or nurture leads but not close deals?

Karen Benjamin, Co-Founder and Vice President of Worldleaders Marketing & Sales Advisory, shares tips for developing a growth oriented sales team.

Thursday, March 31 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Make the right people want to work for your startup with some simple adjustments to your hiring strategy.

John Fleischauer, President and Chief Talent Officer at Pivot + Edge, shares how to build a strong employer brand that can help you hire the right people for your startup.

Friday, April 1 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

With the right information and proper planning, you can build a strategy for business growth that’s right for your startup’s trajectory.

Mario Fallone, Partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, and Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director, Luminate NY, walk through the fundamentals of fundraising.

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