Ecosystem Building with Richard Glaser, Calvin Eaton and Thea Vinereanu

Black Button Distillery - 85 Railroad Street Rochester, 14609
May 30, 2019, 6 p.m.

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Join us at Black Button Distillery and hear from local community builders about their experiences in building the startup ecosystem in Rochester.

Richard Glaser has led the creation and development of RocGrowth which is a 1,700 member community supporting Rochester's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem.

Calvin Eaton aka theglutenfreechef ( is a digital content creator, social entrepreneur, and educator whose area of expertise includes antiracism, diversity, inclusion, K-12 curriculum writing and teaching, gluten free plant based living, and higher education. In 2016 he founded 540WMain Communiversity a grassroots non-profit community based university. ( with a commitment to enrich the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through historic preservation, sustainability, workforce development, and antiracism education.

Thea Vinereau led the organization and facilitation of several Techstar Startup Weekends in Buffalo.

Thanks to Black Button for offering a FREE tasting and tour to all Startup Grind community members at the event.


6:00pm - Registration

6:30pm - Fireside Chat with Richard, Calvin and Thea

7:00pm - Tour and Tasting


Richard Glaser

Richard Glaser


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Calvin Eaton

Calvin Eaton

540 W Main Communiversity

Founder & Executive Director
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Thea Vinereanu

Thea Vinereanu

Techstars Startup Weekend

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May 30, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Black Button Distillery
85 Railroad Street Rochester14609

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Michael Thaney

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