The Start-Up Experience

Wednesday, September 13th 11:00-6:30

This event, hosted by Nixon Peabody, gives Start-up companies the opportunity to learn from and network with experts in the legal, IP, financing, and accounting aspects of starting a business. Attendees will also learn about Luminate, the $10,000,000 New York State accelerator challenge, administered by High Tech Rochester, open to optics, photonics, and imaging companies.

Held at the Law Offices of Nixon Peabody

1300 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604



11:00am   Registration / Networking

Lunch is served


11:45am Welcome and Introductions

Paul Ballentine, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences, University of Rochester

David Kaufman, Director of Global Strategies, Nixon Peabody LLP, Moderator


12:00pm Legal Light and Sound: Business Law for Start-ups

Tyler Savage and Jeremy Wolk, Partners, Nixon Peabody LLP


12:45pm Insights from

Wen Ruan, Chief Scientist, 


1:15pm Counting the Cash

John D. McCurdy, CPA, Partner, The Bonadio Group


2:00pm Funding New Tech Start-ups in 2017

Richard Glaser, RocGrowth, Moderator

Mikael Totterman, President Clerio Vision

Nasir Ali, StartFast Venture Accelerator & Upstate Venture Connect

Jim Senall, High Tech Rochester & Rochester Angel Network


3:00pm Matchmaking Sessions


4:30pm New York Loves Start-ups

Luminate and other Government Support for New Ventures in the Empire State

Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director of Luminate, High Tech Rochester


5:30pm Networking Reception

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