Noa Conger Simons

President and CEO
Upstate Capital

Noa Conger Simons is an entrepreneur, an investor, and a community builder. She has been the Executive Director of Upstate Capital since 2016, and started the Capital Foundation in 2018. After graduating from Brandeis University, she worked through a private family office as a venture capital investor and executive leader for both nonprofit and for-profit startups through 2015. She has led turnaround management projects, as well as teams doing fundamental research, and web platform development. She sourced investment opportunities, conducted due diligence, structured agreements with founders, and managed portfolio investments. She co-founded the Hudson Valley Startup Fund in 2015 and led day-to-day management through 2019. She leads the NYBPC, New York’s intercollegiate business plan competition for emerging entrepreneurs where the focus is on education, equity and inclusion, and launching new ventures. She serves on boards, investment and advisory committees across New York, and independently, as a mentor, advisor and consultant to select startups and small businesses.