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Western New York Venture Association Forum

January 9 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am


7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Informal Networking

8:00 – 8:15 AM Announcements, Attendee Self-Introductions, One Minute Presenters

8:15 – 9:00 AM Business Plan Presentations and Audience Questions


Presentations contain general information about the presenting companies and are for educational and networking purposes only. Presentations do not include information or discussion of any fundraising or offering of securities.

CloudInsyte, LLC Kate Huber and Josh Ferry, Founders

CloudInsyte’s mission is to modernize the due-diligence process of selecting tech & cybersecurity vendors that match a company’s needs and preferences. Average procurement within these spaces is time-consuming and costly, with increasing difficulty due to the constant emergence of new vendors, products and services in the market.

CloudInsyte has already proven that their approach reduces the time, cost, and resource burden of this due-diligence and selection process by utilizing their data profiles and customized algorithms. CloudInsyte is building a platform that will further automate this process, create a more available interaction through a user-friendly interface and allow them to scale the business effectively.

CloudInsyte leverages agreements with vendors in their marketplace to create a revenue stream through ~20% revenue share on the client business referred to the vendor by CloudInsyte. Eventually, licensing the software will generate another revenue stream.

CloudInsyte has been accepted to START-UP NY, a tax-incentive and academic partnership program with NY State and UB. CloudInsyte was also accepted to the Launch NY program and is currently working with their Entrepreneur-in-Residence. CloudInsyte has already raised $100k in capital in a friends-and-family round to jumpstart the company.

Kate Huber comes from a software background, previously running core product and dev ops for a healthcare tech company where she was employee #5 and led the team through a $37M series A. Josh Ferry is an experienced tech leader and founder, most recently an executive member of a software company that sold for $1.4B to HG. Visit www.cloudinsyte.com for more information.

Grit Seed, Inc Raj Suchak, Co-founder

Have you posted a job online to be inundated with resumes? How do you know which candidates to focus on? Many look at work experience and education but how do know if the candidate would do well if you hired her/him?

Grit Seed is a talent acquisition platform that focuses on giving every candidate who applies a set of job related tasks to assess their fit for the role. Grit Seed used their own product to hire amazing diamonds from our community (roofers, manufacturing and fast food workers) and turned them into software developers! Grit Seed was founded by Raj Suchak who started Cloud62 with zero funding and grew it into a very profitable Salesforce.com consulting company and sold it to a large publicly traded company.

Grit Seed is well suited for entry level hires in all industries. For experienced hires, Grit Seed is focused on pre-canned assessments suited for specific jobs. With Grit Seed, you can even create your own questions, use videos, coding problems, write ups, Sudoku problems and more!

Grit Seed takes 15 minutes to setup and can be tried with minimal changes to existing processes and integrates with all the major recruiting websites like LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster and more. Most importantly, Grit Seed saves recruiters time and turns them into talent acquisition ninjas!Visit www.gritseed.com for more information.


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