Join us for Startup Week – 5 days packed with free workshops and presentations, panel discussions, partner events, and networking opportunities. Register for one, some, or all sessions. This week is perfect for founders or people contemplating starting a business.

9:00 – 10:00 AM | How to Discover & Validate Your Startup Idea Without Spending a Dime [INSTRUCTOR]

with Matt Foley, Director of Startup Incubation at NextCorps


12:00 – 1:30 PM | Launching a Startup: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly [PANEL]

with Rachel Rosen, President & CEO of WexEnergy; Sean Charles Morris, Co-Founder of Kavyar; Zack Ellis, Founder & CEO of TheirStory; and Jennifer Young, Founder of What’s Good


5:00 – 6:30 PM | Idea Fling [RAPID PITCH, NETWORKING]

with Startup Grind Rochester

9:00 – 10:00 AM | Developing Your Plan for Profit: Business & Revenue Models [INSTRUCTOR]

with Mike Riedlinger, Managing Director of Scale For ClimateTech and Managing Director of Technology Commercialization at NextCorps


12:00 – 1:30 PM | Regional Resources That Can Help You Build Your Startup [RAPID PANEL]

with representatives from NextCorps, Nexus i90RocStartsThe Commissary, Business Insight Center (BIC) at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe CountyRIT Venture CreationsRIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE)SCORE Greater Rochester, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Rochester, and Venture Jobs Foundation


5:00 – 6:30 PM | Legal 101: Things to Know Before You Start [PANEL]

with Jason Klimek, Senior Associate at Boylan Code; and Isaac Figueras, associate in Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions group

7:30 – 9:00 AM | Rochester Open Coffee Club [NETWORKING]


9:00 – 10:00 AM | Accounting 101: Managing Your Startup’s Finances [INSTRUCTOR]

with Candice Sheffer, Managing Director of Finance & Administration at NextCorps


12:00 – 1:30 PM | How to Jumpstart Sales & Convert Leads Into Customers [INSTRUCTOR]

with Holly Barrett, Marketing Director at NextCorps; and Kate Leonard, Digital Marketing Manager at NextCorps


5:00 – 6:30 PM | Keys to a Good Investor Pitch [INSTRUCTOR]

with Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD, Managing Director of Luminate; and Damon Diehl, PhD, Technology Program Manager at Luminate

8:00 – 8:45 AM | Guided Morning Meditation [INSTRUCTOR]

with Sabrina Vogler, certified professional mindfulness coach of Heart in the Moment Mindfulness Coaching


9:00 – 10:00 AM | How to Hire Quickly as a Startup [INSTRUCTOR]

with Pete Petrella, Managing Director of Viaduct


12:00 – 1:30 PM | Fundraising 101: Getting & Keeping Investors Happy [PANEL]

with representatives from Rochester Angel NetworkExcell Partners, Impellent Ventures, and Wefunder


5:00 – 6:30 PM | Virtual Happy Hour: Meet the Rochester Startup Community [NETWORKING]

Connect with other innovators, startup founders, and potential resources for your business.

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Preparing Your Startup for Purchase, Merger, or Exit [PANEL]

with Don Golini, Founder of SANICA Ventures; Don Fiege, Chief Revenue Officer at SafeKeeping; and Joel Benzel, Director of Product Development at PointClickCare


12:00 – 1:30 PM | Building a Socially Responsible (& Differentiated) Business [PANEL]

with Kim Bawden, Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer at New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I); Joy Bergfalk, Executive Director of the Coffee Connection; Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, Inc.; and Tracy Till, founder and former co-CEO and board chair of Butler/Till