Ecosystem Building with Richard Glaser, Calvin Eaton and Thea Vinereanu

May 30, 2019 at 10:00 PM UTC – May 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM UTC

Come meet 3 successful community builders, Richard Glaser, Calvin Eaton and Thea Vinereanu! Learn more about their experiences developing communities for RocGrowth, 540W Main Communiversity and Techstars Startup Weekend.

In-person event

About this event

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

Check out what happened


  • Richard Glaser



  • Calvin Eaton

    540 W Main Communiversity

    Founder & Executive Director

  • Thea Vinereanu

    Techstars Startup Weekend




May 30 – 31, 2019
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM UTC


10:00 PMRegistration
10:30 PMPanel Discussion
11:00 PMTour and Tasting


  • Velizar Demirev

  • Michael Thaney

    Constellation Brands

    Innovation Partnerships


  • Michael Thaney

    Startup Grind


  • Douglas Kellermeyer

    Partnerships Lead

  • Ami Berger

    Startup Grind

    Tech Founder

  • Jack Cavanaugh

    Ecosystem Builder

  • Ananth Prajval Tallavajhula


    Community Manager

  • gabrielle peck

    Creative Lead

  • Adham Mashaly

    Marketing Lead

  • Joshua Batres

    Tech Talent & Strategy

    Community Outreach Lead