Start-up Companies Gather Inspiration from Successful Entrepreneurs at Rochester BioVenture Center Luncheon

Friday, May 20, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—More than 50 entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers filled the  Rochester BioVenture Center break room on Wednesday for a luncheon seminar featuring three successful entrepreneurs from the region.
The maxed-out attendance suggests a common challenge in the entrepreneurial world—finding the inner strength to persist despite challenges that arise. According to Mike Riedlinger, manager of the Rochester BioVenture Center, the key attraction was the personal stories from entrepreneurs in the region that have grown start-up Bio/Med businesses into substantial and sustainable organizations.
The program featured Carol Tometsko, CEO of Litron Laboratories; Tony Eisenhut, managing director and co-founder of Kensa Group; and Roger Hungerford, CEO of Sigma International, The Olde Pickle Factory and Axiom. Each speaker described their efforts to identify their specific business opportunities and acquire the resources they needed to gradually progress in developing their companies, and how they dealt with challenges and setbacks that were part of their journey. 
“These are all great examples for budding entrepreneurs, of how successful businesses can develop in our regional economy,” said Riedlinger. “I think that many entrepreneurs in the region struggle because they are too isolated and are often unaware of the many resources available to them to help commercialize and grow a technology business.”
High Tech Rochester and MedTech are active in promoting awareness of helpful resources that are readily available and fostering opportunities, like the BioVenture Luncheon Series, for meeting peers who share the same interests and ambitions throughout the region. The BioVenture Luncheon Series is open to the public with free registration available online. 
For a schedule of upcoming BioVenture Luncheon events and to register, visit
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