Crowdfunding Pitch In

Jan 26, 10:30 PM – Jan 27, 12:00 AM

Join our pitch in event with two startups raising equity crowdfunding. Cheer on Great Lakes Gaming Lounge and Circle Optics. Invest and own part of new Rochester.

Hybrid event

About this event


A Pitch In is an event where anyone can pitch their startup to the crowd and the crowd gives feedback.  This event will focus on startups raising crowdfunding. 

Equity Crowdfunding let's you raise investment from our community and convert your loyal customers and supporters into investors.  Investors don't need to be rich, accredited investors.  They can be friends, family, even your grandma and invest as little as $100.  


5:30pm - Meet and greet

6:00pm - Pitches

6:30pm - Cocktail hour


Pitch to crowd - 10 minutes

Q&A from crowd - 5 minutes

Pitch In will be streamed on January (1/26) at 6 PM


Ben Garvey - Great Lakes Gaming Lounge - Wefunder page

Great Lakes Gaming is creating a professional experience for the amateur scene. Ready for your #LittleBitOfGlory?🏆

Founded in 2020 by RIT student at the time, Ben Garvey, GLG saw a need for a dedicated high-end gaming facilities & professionally organized video gaming events and broadcasts.

Ian Gauger - Circle Optics - Wefunder page

360-degree imaging is part of everyday life. Circle Optics technology is designed to accelerate the delivery of life saving resources, ensure aerospace safety, enhance surveillance capabilities for protection, and increase immersive experience participation. 

Casey Catlin - Flower City Union - Wefunder Page

Pro soccer is back in Rochester and you can own part of the franchise.  Flower City Union is a professional soccer club committed to positively impacting the City of Rochester and its surrounding communities by fielding a competitive, championship-caliber team while supporting the development of youth soccer locally. Passion and inclusion are their North Star, guiding how they live, act, play, and serve. Rather than being a sport business operating in Rochester, they are a Flower City business operating in sport. 


Learn more about Wefunder here


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  • Michael Thaney

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    Chapter Director


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    Partnerships Lead

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    Startup Grind

    Tech Founder

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    Ecosystem Builder

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    Community Manager

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    Creative Lead

  • Adham Mashaly

    Marketing Lead

  • Joshua Batres

    Tech Talent & Strategy

    Community Outreach Lead

  • Dustin Doucette

    Sedgwick Business Interiors

    Operations Manager

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