Executive Director, Upstate Capital Association of New York
“[New York State has] a ways to go as an ecosystem in terms of being inclusive and accessible to all kinds of entrepreneurs with different types of business models, but we’re getting closer every day.”
- Co-founder and manager of the Hudson Valley Startup Fund, a member-managed seed capital fund investing in companies with high growth potential
- Took over running the statewide intercollegiate NY Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) in 2018
- Prior to joining Upstate Capital, Simons was a partner at TD Growth Capital based in Shanghai, China. Her investment work included worldwide technology sourcing, market analysis and diligence on deals both inside and outside of China. Before joining that firm, she was interim CEO at Norton Motorcycles in Portland, Oregon and built and launched the digital archive housed at the Mary Ferrell Foundation.