1. Aaron Newman is a dynamic serial entrepreneur who, prior to founding CloudCheckr, already had several successful startups to his credit. Founded just seven years ago, CloudCheckr already employs more than 100 people in Rochester's Village Gate. Aaron's innovative approach to technology and community leadership falls right in line with RocGrowth's vision of the New Rochester. If you too are interested in helping to shape the future of our community, this is an event you don't want to miss!

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  2. Shawn Dunwoody is a widely-recognized artist, activist and leader of The Fruit Belt Project. Dr. Ian Wilson is the founder of Wall Therapy and a well-known radiologist. They will be interviewed by artist Ray Ray Mitrano. Join us on Wednesday, March 7th, to learn more about the inspiration behind their dynamic and innovative projects.

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  3. We are pleased to host Dr. David Munson, Rochester Institute of Technology’s tenth president. Dr. Munson arrived in town last summer after serving as dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. He is a visionary leader who has already announced a strategy to propel RIT even further in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, research and the performing arts. Dr. Munson even co-founded a start-up in his field of expertise – image processing.

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  4. We are pleased to feature Elisa Miller-Out and Kathryn Cartini, accomplished entrepreneurs and founders of Chloe Capital. Residents of Ithaca and Saratoga Springs, they have launched a NY-based early-stage venture capital firm. Their tag line is “Investing in Impact: For Women, By Women.” Not much could be more topical than fostering greater diversity within our burgeoning entrepreneurial and startup community!

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  5. Our next guest speaker is one of the more notable local success stories, Arunas Chesonis. Currently, Arunas and his colleagues operate an investment firm, Cranberry Capital, which provides hands-on support and funding to a portfolio of start-up companies. Arunas moved to Rochester upon graduating MIT to work for Rochester Telephone. He then became president of ACC until it was sold to AT&T. His next step was PAETEC, founding and building it into a publicly-traded and nationally recognized telecom company.

    Arunas will discuss his connection to Rochester and how it has played a role in his life and entrepreneurial endeavors. Additionally, he will provide insights into his current activities, particularly regarding Cranberry Capital and its innovative approaches to supporting entrepreneurs.

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