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TEN Connections 

The Entrepreneurs Network is adhering to the public health guidelines provided by Monroe County, NYS and the CDC.

TEN Connections was cancelled to best protect the health and safety of our entrepreneurial community.

We urge you to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands often, and take care of yourself. We will get through this together!


Women Leaders Thrive Series

November 6 | Make Your Mark

Learn how to make your mark in positions and industries typically dominated by men. 

Get advice for women on branding/positioning yourself and your company.

November 20 | Close the Deal

Learn how to negotiate - funding, sales, business partners. 

Get practical “Do’s and Don’ts” from women who get it done.

December 4 | Women in Tech

Learn from female founders, product managers and program managers. 

Get advice for navigating career advancement.

More than 175 women participated in this new workshop series featuring multiple panelists from different types of industries and businesses. The half-day format included a fireside chat to frame the issue followed by two panels with networking schedule before and during each event. This framework delivered value for everyone in two ways: participants could learn at least one key thing they can do that is relevant to increasing their likelihood of succeeding too and had ample opportunity to meet and exchange contact information so they can follow up with at least one person after the event.

THRIVING:  Women Leaders Connect and Learn

May 8, 2019

More than 100 women celebrated National Small Business Week by connecting and learning from women leaders at "Thriving," sponsored by Monroe County, Imagine Monroe and The Entrepreneurs Network, and hosted by Live Tiles. 

Female founders Michele Liddle from The Perfect Granola and Sharon Samjitsingh from Health Care Originals were featured on a panel that discussed how to thrive while making an impact on the lives of others. Kathy Palokoff from goFirestarter moderated the panel.

Bridget O’Brien from Monroe County Economic Development moderated a five-person panel of women leaders from a wide variety of industries and at different stages of growth.  Panelists included Elsa Bretherton from Sydor Technologies, Julie Camardo from Zweigle’s, Kelly Goforth from OFD Foods, Becca Post from Helen and Gertrude and Abby Reinhard from GP Flooring.

The program concluded with Jean Kase from The Entrepreneurs Network engaging Barbara Bauer from Rockies Venture Institute as they shared thoughts about how investors thrive by funding startups with impact and inclusion. 


Rochester Women Investors Forum

Localizing investing in the women leading innovation in Upstate New York

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The Entrepreneurs Network and Chloe Capital share the goal of investing in women - with money and with education. Our mission is to increase the number of women investors, and provide more funding for women-led innovation companies. Chloe Capital will kick-off its national tour with the Women Investors Forum in Rochester, NY. Working together, TEN and Chloe Capital are building a movement that supports women reaching their fullest potential and having opportunities equal to their male counterparts. Join us for a day of inspiration and purpose. TEN and Chloe Capital are committed to recruiting male allies who support the movement. The Rochester Pitch Event was sponsored by Monroe County and COMIDA.

Investing Workshop (11:30am - 4:00pm)

Connect with our cast of "Super Angels." Leading women in angel investing and venture capital will share industry insights through inspirational fireside chats, panels and investor talks. This workshop is perfect for accredited individuals interested in startup investing. Founders at the helm of venture-backable companies will also benefit from hearing the investors' perspectives. Space is limited.

Pitch Event (4pm - 8pm)

Five women-led innovation companies from across New York State will pitch their ventures LIVE. One company will receive an investment from Chloe Capital, and the opportunity to pitch our funding partner, Astia Angels, for follow on funding. A panel of experienced investors will help select the winner. These VCs represent leaders in the movement to invest in women. Open to the public.



SBIR Road Tour

The Entrepreneurs Network is pleased to support this SBIR Road Tour stop, hosted by NextCorps, in partnership with the University of Rochester.


If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity.


Monday, June 18, 2018

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Refreshments and lunch are provided.


NextCorps at Sibley Square

260 East Main Street, Suite 6000, Rochester, NY 14604


June 18 - SBIR Roadshow in Rochester, NY


Ticket price is $35
Ticket price increases to $50 on June 11, 2018


The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Rochester, NY to present non-dilutive technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

SBIR grants and STTR grants are awarded to for-profit companies where the research you propose is aligned with an agency's needs.

They are NOT loans that your company needs to repay.

They are NOT equity investments.  You do NOT have to give up a percentage of your company in exchange for the federal dollars received. 

This is a unique opportunity to meet with individual program managers from up to 11 participating federal agencies representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding who will participate in this one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members.


SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews

Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes

Grant Opportunities for a Public Purpose

Staying On Track: Aligning Your Company for Success in the DoD

Learn how to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs

Engaging Panel Sessions

Opportunity to meet one-on-one with up to three SBIR/STTR Program Managers - these are scheduled in advanced and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Mike Riedlinger, Commercialization Program Manager, NextCorps



You have easy access to Sibley Square where NextCorps is located from two parking garages - St. Joe's which is attached to Sibley Square and Mortimer Street which has a walkway bridge that crosses over Clinton Avenue.

Each parking garage can be accessed via North Clinton Avenue, between East Main Street and Pleasant Street.

There are also surface parking lots on Franklin Street and Pleasant Street.


Coffee & Connections

Connect with HTR and TEN this Thursday at 10 for an information session on HTRs incubator and small business boot camp, The Entrepreneurs Network. Dan Keeley, Director of Startup Community Development at HTR, will have all the info on our brand new downtown incubator (currently under construction) and the application process. Jean Kase, Executive Director of The Entrepreneurs Network, will also have all the details about what it takes to get accepted into the TEN 101 Program Series. Coffee, doughnuts, and bagels will be provided. Registration at EventBrite is required.

TEN Connections / Graduation

The purpose of TEN Connections is to showcase TEN program graduates. You’ll hear directly from startups and small business owners who will share their entrepreneurial success story. TEN Connections always dedicates ample time for networking among entrepreneurs, investors, business/technical experts, and community leaders such as :

  • Jeff Adair, Chief Economic Development Officer, Monroe County
  • Jonathan Binstock, Director, Memorial Art Gallery
  • Jim Senall, President, High Tech Rochester



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