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State of the Startup Economy

Event Details

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works invites you to join us Wednesday, June 27th, for a special event for supporters of Ithaca’s startup ecosystem:

Wednesday, June 27, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, 314 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

The local startup economy has grown substantially over the last few years, benefiting local businesses, creating jobs, and driving economic development. Join us to learn more about the big picture, the challenges startups face, and hear first-hand from entrepreneurs about their experience launching and growing a business in Ithaca.

Program Details

Ithaca Real Estate

Many startups want to stay in Ithaca, but as they graduate from incubation, they need physical space to grow. What does the real estate market look like for startups? What projects are on the horizon and what are potential gaps to be filled?

Hear from three local real estate leaders on the current real estate market and future developments that may serve startups. Michael Stamm, President of Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) will serve as moderator.


  • John Guttridge, President, Brightworks and Urban Core LLC
  • David Lubin, Managing Partner, Unchained Properties LLC
  • Jeremy Thomas, Senior Director, Cornell University Real Estate​
  • Phil Proujansky, Managing Partner, Cayuga Ventures Fund

Startup Investment

Where does startup capital come from for high-growth companies? What are current funding trends and what does it mean for our local economy?

Join Jason Salfi, CEO of Dimensional Energy, as we hear from investment leaders in Ithaca and Upstate New York.


  • Clayton Besch, Director, New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund
  • Marnie Lavigne, President and CEO, LaunchNY
  • Jennifer Tegan, Partner and Vice President, Cayuga Venture Fund

Ithaca Entrepreneurs

What is the current environment for seeking capital in our region? How challenging is it to hire and grow a team in Ithaca? What resources are there for startups in the Southern Tier?

Join Andrea Ippolito, Executive Director of the Cornell Engineering Management Program, startup founder, and entrepreneurship instructor, as she speaks with leaders of growing Ithaca startups.


  • Nick Nicktas, Founder, CEO RosieApp
  • Charlie Mulligan, Co-Founder and CEO, GiveGab
  • Julie Baker, Co-Founder and Vice President, Ursa Space Systems
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, CEO, Ecolectro


Event sponsorships help us defray the costs of convening the startup community and hosting special events like these.


We are excited to offer several sponsorship levels for this event:

Lunch Sponsors $500

Help us bring a delicious local lunch to our event. Your company name and logo will be prominently featured at our buffet table.


Beverage Sponsors $500

Help keep us hydrated and caffeinated during our event! Your company name and logo will be prominently featured at our buffet table.


Dessert Sponsors $500

Help us end our event with a sweet treat. Your company name and logo will be prominently featured at our buffet table.


To secure sponsorship or get more information, please contact Liane O’Brien.