Community Events


RocGrowth Candids – Ken Wasnock

On Wednesday, July 12th, RocGrowth is pleased to feature Ken Wasnock, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Garden Trends. In his 20s, he started Concentrix, a marketing and fulfillment company that employs hundreds in the Rochester area. He subsequently started five more high growth, venture backed companies in the marketing and publishing fields. At Garden Trends, he is modernizing a 100+ year old company that owns Harris Seeds and other niche agricultural operations. We will hear firsthand from an irrepressible entrepreneur on how he approaches innovation and building culture. Attendance is free, but limited to the first 100 RSVPs – Get your ticket here!

HTR Idea Fling!
On Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30pm at ButaPub, join HTR for their third ever Idea Fling! This open mic exchange will feature five minute idea pitches from inventive individuals who are looking for an audience, feedback, and potentially even some like-minded collaborators.  They are seeking folks with early-stage startup ideas, social projects, or other unique new tech ventures. Interested in presenting? Email Emily Hessney. Be sure to include your name, a brief bio, and a description of your topic. RSVP here!

HTR BetaSpace Third Thursdays
High Tech Rochester is launching an exciting new program for the summer! Join us on the third Thursday of each month to work on your tech startup or project at the HTR BetaSpace, free of charge. It’s a great opportunity to check out our coworking space and get a feel for the community here. Stop by the 3rd floor of Sibley Square on Thursday, July 20th! More information here.

Engaging Your Audience through Social Media 
In a digital and visual world, entrepreneurs rely heavily on social media to gain exposure and connect with their audiences. Join The Commissary on Tuesday, July 25th from 6-7:30pm for an engaging conversation with three of our city’s leading social media experts (Linh Phillips from Sir Rocha Says, Danielle Raymo from The Rochester Brainery and Breanna Banford from Yelp) who will share with us insights into how they have established and developed their online brands. Build fans and grow your food business! More information here.

Happy Hour in RIT’s Global Village Plaza
Happy Hour in RIT’s Global Village Plaza. Enjoy live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and receive a free drink ticket upon arrival for all guests who RSVP by July 21st. Socialize in the outdoor lounge, complete with fire pit and water features, and learn how to reserve this space to host your next event! More information here.

The Opioid Crisis, A Community Discussion
With hundreds of drug overdoses happening across the country every week, the opioid epidemic has been deemed a public health emergency. However the conversations surrounding this epidemic are complex and involve input from many different perspectives. The Rochester Public Library and the Gates Public Library will host a panel discussion with representatives from local law enforcement, experts in physiology and psychology and advocates of the addiction community. Each panelist will share the challenges they face within their field, what they are doing to address these challenges, and what changes they’d like to see happening in our communities. Join on July 31st and/or August 17th! More information here.

1st Annual ROC for Kidneys 5K
On Sunday, August 6 at Stokoe Farm, run or walk for someone you love!  Plus, farm entrance is free for spectators! Come enjoy a day at the farm with your friends and family while supporting patients with Kidney Disease in our community. More info and register here.

Tour de Teddi
Tour de Teddi is a bike ride around Keuka Lake, and this year is is taking place on September 9th, 2017. The course starts and ends at Camp Good Days’ Branchport facility, with there being a 45-mile full tour of the lake, as well as 27-mile half tour, with the turn-around point in Hammondsport. Last year we had over 280 riders, and we are expecting even more this year. Registration available on our website here and at the event day of.

Light and Sound Interactive
SXSW (South By Southwest) is often credited with leading major growth in Austin over the past few decades.  From September 12-14, the first annual Light and Sound Interactive aims to leverage Rochester’s strengths in technology, gaming, imaging, healthcare, optics and virtual reality to showcase our city and continue it’s upward trajectory. Get a ticket here!

17th Annual Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner
The 17th Annual Wine Auction Dinner is one of Camp Good Days & Special Times’ largest annual fundraisers. Every year around 400 guests come to the event, which is on Saturday September 30th this year. The Wine Auction Dinner works along side with our yearly Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, where judges come from all over the world to judge the endless amounts of wine that are entered each year. At the Wine Auction Dinner guest get to enjoy wine tastings from all of the medal winning wines, as well as participate in our, live auction, silent auction, and a sit down dinner. Tickets are available here.