2012 is shaping up to be a great year for our entrepreneurs with lots of events to attend and successes to celebrate.
EXITS: Hot on the heels of recent exits for Sensis (Syracuse), Kionix (Ithaca), and Paetec (Rochester), Buffalo-based Synacor debuted on the NASDAQ this past week, creating liquidity for two of the region’s early stage investors: Rand Capital and Advantage Capital.
FINANCINGS: The Seed Capital Fund of CNY (a StartFast investor) reports that four portfolio companies are expected to close about $7MM in new funding this quarter. In addition to SCF, participating investors include Cayuga Venture Fund, Rand Capital, Eastern NY Angels and several out of state angels/VCs.
STARTUP WEEKENDS: Last November’s sold out events in Ithaca and Syracuse showed just how much talent is locked up in our region and the many serial entrepreneurs who are ready to mentor a new generation of startups. This year promises at least four to six more such events, beginning with Albany in March and Rochester in April.
MEETUPS: Just a year after its launch, the Syracuse Tech Meetup group continues to grow in size and popularity, drawing hundreds of attendees. The next meetup is February 28 and offers startups a chance to meet organizers and mentors from the StartFast and Student Sandbox accelerators.
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