Thursday October 7


Depart for Cooperstown, NY

From Buffalo or Rochester, plan to leave around 9:00 am or 10:00 am.

From Syracuse, Albany, or Binghamton, plan to leave around 11:00 am or 11:30 am


1:00 pm: Registration in Otesaga Lobby

Meet UVC team members in the lobby to pick up your welcome bag. 

Check-in and join fellow attendees in group activities on the resort or in town. Details to be announced.

4:30 pm: Session I: Scale Up School, Iroquois Room

    • Scaling Talent
    • Scaling Culture
    • Scaling Product
    • Scaling Capital
Lightning talks by experienced founders to spark your thinking and drive one-on-one followup conversations.


6:00 pm: Awards Banquet and Keynote Speech, Ballroom

Enjoy a 3-course meal followed by remarks from our Keynote Speaker and UVC's Annual Awards recognizing Deal of the Year (Presented By Ernst & Young) and the Dave Ahlers Award for Master Ecosystem Builders. 

8:00 pm: Unwind at the Fire Bar

Join us outside at the Fire Bar for informal mingling while enjoying the exceptional lake views.

Friday October 8


Breakfast, Fenimore Room

Pre-planned activities with other attendees. We will organize options for those that want to play a round of golf, head to a museum, or simply relax at the spa.

11:00 am: Session II: Entrepreneur Leaders & Ecosystem Building, Iroquois Room

Learn how you can help the Upstate Ecosystem by:

    • Building prosperity that lasts
    • Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Giving First
    • Growing Investment Capacity


12:30 pm: Lunch, Ballroom

Enjoy a sit-down lunch and presentation from Rochester-based artist and community activist Shawn Dunwoody on how creative actions can transform Upstate NY communities.

2:00 pm: Adjourn

Travel home after a memorable retreat.


For those planning to hang around we are exploring an afternoon trip to Ommegang Brewery or a boat ride on Otsego Lake. 

Upstate Venture Connect
235 Harrison Street, #41,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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