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GENIUS NY Teams Learn From Local Startups

GENIUS NY 3.0 teams visited four local tech startups to see firsthand what it’s like to build a company from the ground up in Central New York. On the tour, the teams toured Plowz and Mowz, Spincar, The Digital Hyve and TCGplayer. Similar to GENIUS NY teams, these local companies each started with a few employees in small office spaces. Today, the four companies have hired hundreds of talented employees, which serves as a great example for GENIUS NY founders who are in Central New York from parts of New York and Europe.

Each stop on the tour was a learning experience and included advice from Syracuse founders, as well as an opportunity to experience unique locations from a renovated downtown bank to a two-story pirate ship. The teams also asked questions and made connections with the local entrepreneurs.

“Never stop learning,” said Andrew Englander, co-founder of Plowz and Mowz. “As a founder, learn and understand each part of your company. Learn the technology and how things work.”

“Plowz & Mowz has a similar business model to Vermeer,” said Brian Streem, CEO of Vermeer — a GENIUS NY 3.0 team. “Hearing about their early challenges is helping us think about how to succeed.”

“It was a great opportunity for us to see successful startup companies and learn about their path to success, including the challenges and opportunities during their growth,” said Javad Roostaei, co-founder of Quantifly — another GENIUS NY finalist.

As the members of GENIUS NY continue the year-long business accelerator, they now understand the strong startup ecosystem in Syracuse. To learn more about GENIUS NY, visit www.geniusny.com.



At the last stop of the tour, the GENIUS NY teams got a chance to “geek out” while visiting TCGplayer’s newly renovated 44,000-square-foot office in downtown Syracuse. Each workspace is fully decked out in different themes including, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Mario Bros.