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Let's wrap 2020 with a Startup Grind #SGPitchBattles. This will be an opportunity for top startups in our community to come together to participate in an online pitch competition. Check out the video on WNYStartupCommunitySlack!
APPLY by November 26th (11/26)
5 Finalists will be selected by December 4th (12/4)
Pitch Battle will be streamed by December 10th (12/10)
STARTUPS APPLY HERE
Emmily Bowman - Braidbabes (1 minute pitch video)
Mattaniah Harp - Tekkiner (1 minute pitch video)
Gary England - Vu LLC (1 minute pitch video)
Richard Crabbe - The Essential Machine (1 minute pitch video)
Dave Heimbuch - Hidrent (1 minute pitch video)
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Richard has also been active in the entrepreneurial and economic development community in Rochester. Richard co-founded and was president of Digital Rochester and was an original board member of the Greater Rochester Enterprise. He also served as a board member of the Venture Investors Association of New York and annual giving chair of Haverford College.
Tyson S. McDowell, 38, is a serial tech entrepreneur turned venture capitalist focused on positively merging humans with AI-driven technologies.
After 20 years of experience in founding, running and successfully exiting companies (where he served as CEO and CTO simultaneously), and watching the world change dramatically as a result of high-scale technologies permeating everyday life, he realized the need to scale up his own efforts to impact humanity with tech.
To that end, he launched Greatscale Ventures in 2017, a venture fund accelerating early stage tech companies to market that serve the next generation of healthier, wealthier and wiser super humans. He also is a keynote speaker, advisor, and strategic consultant to established companies that deploy AI, at scale.
While technology and business are his focus, Aviation is a core passion. Tyson is a certified private pilot with instrument, multi-engine, helicopter and various type ratings. He built and flies his commuter airplane and manages a hybrid public/private portfolio of actively flying historic aircraft.
Tyson resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter, is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and is Vice Chairman of the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
See Greatscale Ventures here: https://greatscale.ventures
See Tyson’s TEDx Talk on AI and Humanity here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2eHWHv_JPQ
Maureen Ballatori is an innovator. She excels at leading initiatives that involve smart creative, brilliant strategies and united communities. As Founder & CEO of 29 Design Studio, a branding and marketing agency, Maureen develops solutions to clients' brand-building challenges. As a Partner in the Metro Collective, a collection of shared space communities, Maureen fosters relationships across Upstate NY and beyond.
Tom has an extensive background in flexible packaging, food safety, co-packing and co-manufacturing. He is well respected by his clients and coworkers for his follow through and caring demeanor. He has spent his career focused on high function, custom, barrier packaging, liquid and dry food processing as well as building a strong industry network. He brings a wealth of knowledge of sustainable packaging, specifically around recyclable flexible pouches. He has been awarded and recognized by both peers and organizations for this drive and outstanding performance. Tom has worked within the military, industrial, medical and consumer product markets.
Tom also serves as the Executive Vice President of Membership for the Institute of Packaging Professionals National Board of Directors. He is the active Vice President for the Associated New York State Food Processors. He holds a role in Geneva with Cornell University as an Advisory Board Member for the Institute for Food Safety. Tom is also involved in an advisory role with the Rochester Food Commissary as well as the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture in New York. His work has been published in many packaging trade journals and has had the opportunity to speak in front of many large companies and groups.
Tom holds a Bachelors of Science from SUNY Brockport. He is a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, NY. Tom is a very passionate, enthusiastic and driven professional who prides himself on superior hospitality and fellowship.
Tom is the father of two children, Riley (8) and Brianna (6) and is married to his longtime wife Jacquelyn. They call Greece, New York home and are active members of Hope Lutheran Church.
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