Why more VC dollars are flowing here

Somak Chattopadhyay, whose firm recently led a funding round for locally based Jorsek, says upstate is seeing “an influx of young entrepreneurs (who) are eager to participate in the region and make it their home.”

Honoring nonviolence

Members of the Rochester community will mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary today. Kit Miller, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, believes Rochester has a big role to play in promoting nonviolence.

Why ITX chose downtown

Based in suburban Rochester since 2001, the maker of web and mobile software products considered other locations including Portland, Ore., before deciding to move into the center city.

RIT aims to be a cyber defense leader

Endowed executive director Steve Hoover says the university’s Global Cybersecurity Institute, slated to open next year, will boost the Rochester brand in technology and help draw businesses and talent to the region.

Behind the screens

The JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival begins July 7. Andrea Miller, director of the festival, says that for many people the weeklong event is their way of celebrating and learning about their culture.

An innovation showcase

The latest in optics, photonics and imaging technologies will be on display at Luminate’s “Light Tomorrow with Today” Demo Day. Slated for June 27, the startup accelerator program will also award $2 million in follow-on funding to its second cohort of startups.

Light and sounds of the future

The 2019 Light & Sound Interactive Conference runs June 25-27. Terry Clas, chairman of the event, believes LSI builds upon Rochester’s proud legacy in manufacturing, photography, and optics.

Taking a stand for peace and a safe neighborhood

On May 30, children of Cameron Community Ministries’ after school program will march for peace in the Lyell/Otis neighborhood. Jennifer Muniga, executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, says it is a powerful experience.