Startup Grind X Grow-NY: Pitch In & Networking Event

Apr 11, 9:30 PM – Apr 12, 12:00 AM


Sibley Square, 260 East Main Street, Suite 2200, Rochester, 14604

Join the Startup Grind Rochester & Grow-NY teams for a collaborative pitch in and networking special event highlighting food & ag-tech in Upstate NY!

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About this event

Startup Grind X Grow-NY

The Startup Grind Rochester & Grow-NY teams are collaborating for an exciting special edition of the monthly Pitch-In! This event will feature food & ag-tech companies and offer a chance to practice your pitch as you apply for the $1M top prize Grow-NY Food & Agriculture Business Competition (5/15 deadline). Our pitch event in Rochester will feature a pitch from a Grow-NY winner, giving insights to new food and ag founders and aspiring startups and an opportunity for Q&A! This hybrid pitch and open forum event is open to anyone. We hope to see you there!


5:30pm - Meet and greet

6:00pm - Pitches

6:45pm - Cocktail hour


Startup Pitch - 10 minutes

Open Q&A - 5 minutes


Speaker 1:

Paul Guglielmo - Craft Cannery - Former Grow NY Winner

Craft Cannery takes YOUR recipes and creates YOUR delicious and special products, just the way you want them. We specialize in sauces, dressings, oils, marinades, teas, soups, meat sauces, meal-in-jar (like chili and jambalaya) and more.

We make products that go on the shelves in grocery stores (big and small), are served in restaurants, professionally prepared by caterers, sold by local artisan’s at Farmer’s Markets, and more.  

Speaker 2:

Ujj Rai - Chula 

Chula (meaning kitchen in Nepali/Hindi/Urdu/Bengali) is a humble, yet ambitious endeavor aimed at bridging the gap between local farmers, cooks, and consumers. With Chula, we aim to build a community where everyone has a seat at the table, where farmers can showcase their produce directly to consumers, and where cooks can craft meals that celebrate the bounty of our local land. Consumers have access to local, healthy meals while supporting local farmers and cooks.

Chula is a 0% commission and free signup platform that bridges the gap between local users, cooks, and farmers by providing a seamless digital ecosystem for listing, ordering, and processing payments.

Speaker 3:

Mercedes Wilson - Sadies Relish

Sadie's Relsih is a cabbage based relish that is sold in over 135 grocery stores including Tops Friendly Markets, Wegmans, Price Chopper/Market32 and more.

This cabbage based relish goes great IN or ON dishes, so whether you are adding flavor to your favorite entertainment board, your pot roasts, or your families summer grilling experience, we have you covered!


Event Venue & Parking Info

This event will be held at Suite 2200 of Sibley Square in Rochester NY.

Parking options: Mortimer Parking Garage, St. Joe's Parking Garage, or street parking.

Want to present your startup or any interesting topic or do a fireside chat? Sign up to pitch in our next pitch in here

Your support helps our team run these events! Startup Grind Rochester is a volunteer-led community organization. We operate the Pitch In events free of charge, however, if you would like to support our community and help us grow please consider one of the paid ticket options! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners for this event! This collaborative event is brought to you in partnership with Grow-NY, with support from Agency 29, The Commissary, and Skull & Diamond Heart Capital!

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April 11 – 12, 2024
9:30 PM – 12:00 AM UTC


  • Michael Thaney

    Startup Grind


  • Joshua Batres


    Community Outreach Lead

  • Dustin Doucette

    Upstate Venture Connect

    Director of Operations

  • Carolyn Spencer


    Founder Relations

  • Ananth Prajval Tallavajhula


    Community Manager

  • Eric Leinberg

    InfoPreserve Inc.

    Founder @ InfoPreserve

  • Nate Thomas


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Dell Technologies


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Agency 29

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Upstate Venture Connect logo

Upstate Venture Connect

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