After an intensive three months of learning from potential customers and constantly refining their business models, the twelve software teams in the HTR LaunchPad program are ready to show off the fruits of their labors.
Adapted and brought to the Rochester area by High Tech Rochester and funded by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the LaunchPad is an entirely new way to vet, validate and improve the way businesses are created.
A key premise of the HTR LaunchPad is that software start-ups are not yet businesses; rather, they are entrepreneurs with ideas that must be validated through extensive customer discovery and learning.
Demo Day begins at 4:00 pm with a networking event among Rochester’s vibrant entrepreneur, investor, and general business community. In addition, each team will have a display table in the Geva lobby, where they’ll preview their new software-based businesses.
At 5:00 pm, each team will formally present their business story and description of their software innovation, backed by Power Point visuals and/or a live hook-up to show the software in action.
The LaunchPad Demo Day will be moderated by Jeff Valentine, a partner at the private equity firm Exium Partners and recently involved with High Tech Rochester as a judge in the 2013 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest. Jeff was CEO of Callfinity, a company he co-founded in Boston, moved to Rochester, grew by 500%, and sold to M5 Networks in 2011. He is also an active angel investor with the Rochester Angel Network and advisor to local startups.
At 6:30 pm, networking resumes in the Geva lobby with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2013: 4:00 – 7:30 pm (program begins at 5:00 pm)
WHERE: Geva Theater, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY 14607
Registration: Free and open to the public; registration requested.