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MARL on Main | MARL

May 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marl-on-main-tickets-567060271537
100 S Clinton Ave #140 100 South Clinton Avenue #140 Rochester, NY 14604
Details: Rochester is an entrepreneurship hub and MARL is working to help expose more Silicon Valley VCs to the region. Having the program at Innovation Square in the heart of the city engages students, local businesses, downtown residents and government leaders to come together to hear presentations for the dynamic existing startup ecosystem.

We are pleased to announce our speakers for the event, Nilesh Trivedi, Olivia Goldstein, Evan Galina, Jim Senall, Prakash Goswami and Kathi Driscol!

About our speakers

Nilesh is a fund principal and venture capital investor for the past 7 years investing in the US, India & Israel across the hi-tech sectors in industry verticals such as enterprise software & B2B SaaS, CyberSecurity, Healthcare, Semiconductors, EVs, FinTech and others. With $70M under management, he’s invested in 45+ companies with multiple exits. His portfolio companies include six $1B+ companies, have raised nearly ~$2.6B in capital and created more than $26B in enterprise value over the years. Nilesh has also advised sovereign funds, impact funds and venture capital funds in Europe and India.

Olivia Goldstein is the COO of Upstate Venture Connect. She’s an exited tech founder with 10 years of experience working in and with B2B software companies. Early in her career, Olivia advised international tech companies on U.S. market entry strategies. This exposure to tech brought her to India where she spent time working for a B2B software startup based in Bangalore overseeing their international product growth. While there, she co-founded RepHike, a marketing software for brands to find and work with influencers & brand ambassadors, and ultimately led it through to its acquisition by a Syracuse group in 2019. In addition to her work at UVC, Olivia is the Vice President at StartFast Ventures, a VC fund investing in B2B SaaS companies. Olivia holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in International Relations from the Institute of World Politics.

About our sponsors

Innovation Square – A collaborative campus at the heart of downtown Rochester in which students from multiple colleges, universities and institutions can live, learn and innovate in an urban environment.

J-Ventures – Backed by Silicon Valley’s leading investors, J-Ventures is a community-driven global venture capital fund consisting of top investors, 100+ current, and past GPs from leading VC firms, over 140 successful serial entrepreneurs and 170+ Fortune 500 executives. Based in the Bay Area, we operate as a collaborative community of leaders with shared values and a strong network of connected capital as a value-add investor to portfolio companies.

Ain Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation -The Center for Entrepreneurship was launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant awarded to the University of Rochester in 2006. It was renamed the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship in 2015 in recognition of Mark S. Ain ’67S (MBA) and his wife Carolyn Ain for their visionary leadership and support of entrepreneurial students University-wide.

NextCorps – helps tech startups and existing manufacturers grow their businesses through a variety of programs and mentoring opportunities. Visit www.nextcorps.org to learn more about how our programs and services can help your business succeed.

RIT Venture Creations Incubator (VCI-) helps Rochester Institute of Technology startups commercialize their products and prepare for outside risk capital. VCI offers active coaching by on-staff mentors, educational events, and access to a highly specialized set of vetted partners across legal, HR, accounting, sales, marketing, and other relevant areas, to help the startups maximize their probability of success.

Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) – is a non-profit that provides thought-leadership, intelligence, and networking opportunities for founders building world class businesses in Upstate NY. UVC helps entrepreneurs build the connections needed to scale their businesses by showcasing their companies, making personalized introductions, and hosting invite-only gatherings. UVC’s Talent Network connects job seekers to opportunities for significant wealth creation and rapid career advancement. UVC was founded in 2010 and has built a network of 17,000+ ecosystem supporters including more than 500 high growth founders across Upstate NY.

MARL Startup Studio -MARL Startup Studio’s mission is building a bridge between the Silicon Valley and Rochester New York to increase economic inclusion and deal flow. MARL Think_Entrepreneurship program examines how entrepreneurship translates new ideas or processes into practical use in the form of products, markets or services, concepts or systems. The practice of entrepreneurship requires understanding different business paradigms, the ability to frame a value proposition, self knowledge, collaboration and strong communication skills.

For any questions, please contact: [email protected] | 585.704.5202


May 4, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT