SHAPE NEXT YEAR’S TECH STARTUP EXPO BY COMPLETING THE SURVEY.
For two amazing days, with the support of businesses and the local community, we will bring together organizations and companies that provide resources and support tech startups need. These services include business advice and mentoring programs, incubator space, startup capital, capacity building programs, and more. On October 6th and 7th, 2016, the restored Riverwood Tech Campus (formally Kodak Riverwood) will serve as a single space for techies and business professionals to gather, network, and share, as well as learn about the wealth of resources available right here in Rochester, NY.
NEW THIS YEAR
THE MISSION |
Our mission is to cultivate Rochester’s natural entrepreneurial spirit by bringing together techies and business professionals, showing them that Rochester is rich in the resources and benefits needed to start or grow their high-tech businesses here.
THE ISSUE |
Currently, when people in Rochester, NY have a vision to create a tech business or to grow an existing one, it becomes challenging to find the resources they need locally. They are often driven to places with strong startup cultures like Silicon Valley or New York City.
THE GOALS |
- Encourage entrepreneurs to stay in the Rochester, NY area.
- Increase the number of high-tech startups created in the Rochester, NY area.
- Boost the use of local services and products by local startups.
THE WHO |
We are talking about the brightest and most passionate tech gurus and geeks, and the most ambitious and excited business professionals in the Rochester, NY area.
THE STARTUPS |
What is a tech startup? Our own definition of a tech startup is either:
An idea, a concept or a service that has a technological solution. We love mobile or tablet apps for example. We also love web-based businesses, social media, and technology managed service businesses… in fact, anything you can think of that has technology at its heart. – OR –
An existing company with fewer than 100 employees, which has been offering a technology-backed service or product for 5 years or less.