Venture Fest 2022

 Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Event Location: Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz

Venture Fest Fall ‘22 is designed to bring together the broad HV entrepreneur ecosystem including entrepreneurs (high growth startups and growth oriented small businesses), investors, services providers, and educators. Event photo taken by Alisa Stilwell Photography & Films.  




Registration and Networking


Join us early for coffee or tea before we kick off the afternoon.

Session 1 | ALL PARTICIPANTS | (1:30-2:45 PM)


State of the
Hudson Valley
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

We’re kicking off Venture Fest 2022 with a collaborative workshop. Participants will receive a series of data points and 5-minute presentations, from: 

The presentations will highlight the state of entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley: what industries do we have, what startups are forming, what business support do we offer? After the 20-minute presentation of information, we'll then ask the audience, using their phones and computers, to enter in live what they feel are the priorities for our region to focus on. The 4 largest topics, as the audience decides, will become breakout runs. We'll convene the audience into these self-selected rooms for 30-minutes to discuss reactions and priorities for our community. Finally, everyone will join once more to hear highlights from each room. Our goal for the session is to hear perspectives and priorities from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.

* see map at the bottom of the Venture Fest schedule for 4th floor breakout room numbers


Section 2 | TRACKS AND ROUNDTABLES |  (3:00-4:00 PM)

*see breakout room maps at bottom of page

Roundtables By Topic

We’ve invited a handful of leaders to facilitate round table discussions around topics like sustainability, securing investment, entrepreneurship education, and sizing and defining your market niche. The sessions are meant to provide space for folks to self select into topics that are relevant to their work, and to get the discussions flowing.

The Roundtables:

  • Fundraising and Investments. Led by Reva McPollom, Founder and CEO of Lessonbee, which has raised over $2.5M to date. 
  • Entrepreneurship, Education and Action. Led by Cynthia Worrad. This session is designed for the educators and instructors who are working to expand entrepreneurship via our schools. Come discuss how we can better bridge the gap in designing a business plan and pitch to launching the venture.
  • Defining and Sizing your Market Niche. Led by Richard D'Ambrosio, consultant to small and medium sized businesses looking to accelerate their business launch and growth.

HV Angel Hub Program Teaser

Be an Angel Investor! Learn how to put your values to work alongside your capital with the brand new HV Angel Hub!  Housed within SUNY New Paltz, the HV Angel Hub is officially launching at Venture Fest ‘22 and will provide educational programming that shares best practices and ethics in investing. Come learn with, and alongside experienced Hudson Valley Angel Investors and connect with current and aspiring entrepreneurs to realize the dream.

Section 3 | ENTREPRENEURSHIP PITCHES |  (4:15-5:15 PM) 

Pitchfest! Venture Fest 2022 will showcase 8 start-ups to pitch their ventures in 3-minutes, for a cash prize. See the 2022 startups.

First and Second place winners will be selected by our judges. The 3rd place winner is the audience picks. Meet the Judges:


 Section 4  | DRINKS AND NETWORKING | (5:15-6:30 PM)

Drinks, Snacks, and Networking: Meet others in the HV entrepreneur ecosystem while enjoying food and drinks.








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Session Breakout Rooms

breakout room maps for Sessions

breakout room maps for Sessions