Thank you for a successful startup summit 2019!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 was The Southern Tier Startup Summit, a day-long celebration of entrepreneurial success in the region. The Summit brings together entrepreneurs, business professionals, founders, investors, and economic catalysts from all around. Attendees experience wide-ranging workshops, pitch events, networking, hear from keynote speakers and more!

Hosted by Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships and held at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton, this is the hot ticket event for entrepreneurs across the region.

The Startup Summit  welcomed the Chloe Capital National Tour featuring Chloe Capital, a VC firm that invests in women-led innovation companies. Held after the Startup Summit,  five female founders pitched for $100,000!

2019 Sponsors




A special thanks to our Friends of the Event sponsors:


Cliff Olin

Paul Parker

Miller Marchuska Door & Associates

Menailaos “Manlo” Samaras

JKS Home Improvement llc

Marchuska Brothers Construction, LLC

“The Southern Tier Start-Up Summit is a celebration of entrepreneurship and its impact on the greater community. We’ll be coming together as founders, entrepreneurs, business professionals, investors, and economic catalysts to celebrate how far we have come, and share in the vision for our future. We’ll be showcasing companies in the Business Incubation and Clean Energy programs, and providing several events, speaker series, workshops, and networking opportunities,” Dan Mori, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator.

Maggie Chan-Jones ’96

Keynote Speaker



Maggie is a seasoned C-level executive specialized in marketing, business transformation and technology. She is also an entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of Tenshey, Inc., a tech-enabled startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching. Maggie has been frequently recognized as an industry thought-leader, and was honored as the15th of the World’s Most Influential CMOs by Forbes in 2017.

Attendee testimonials

The May 4, 2018 Startup Summit was viewed by most everyone as a huge success. Wow factors included:
. Great entrepreneurial spirit with a great suite of entrepreneurial startup businesses
. Great speakers and great cross section of investors, academics + local businesses

Alan Michaels

Owner, Industry Building Blocks

The Startup Summit was definitely a major milestone in igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in this area. Kudos to the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator leadership and staff- Per , Laura, Dan, Emma, Bobby etc. Great job

Bob Murphy

Director of Economic Development, City of Binghamton

I heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees / participants and Paul Singh was excellent. Paul’s insight on how he evaluates startups etc. was invaluable and I am still processing his, sometimes very colorful, comments.

Cliff Olin

Managing Director, Olin Capital Advisors

Great event today!  Really well done.  Excellent energy throughout.  The first time doing these things is tough, and you’ve done a great job setting the stage for this being a destination event for next year.

Brad Treat

Entrepreneur in Residence, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works

Local news coverage

“Koffman Southern Tier Incubator celebrates one year with Startup Summit”