Spotlight On 2017-03-03T14:50:57+00:00


Spotlight On: FLTG Now Operating as FirstLight

FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, recently announced their integration with corporate member Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“FLTG”). FLTG is now officially operating as FirstLight. In September, FirstLight acquired FLTG, and this marks a major milestone for the company.

Acquiring FLTG is just one example of the several transactions that FirstLight has completed in just over a year. Previous transactions include combining with 186 Communications and Oxford Communications. These integrations allow FirstLight to expand their operations, and they connect approximately 8,000 locations and twelve data centers throughout six states to support fiber optics support to their customers.

Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight says, “Now as one team and one company, we are well positioned to continue serving the fiber-based infrastructure needs of carriers and enterprise businesses throughout our growing footprint in the Northeast.”

About FirstLight:

FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting nearly 8,000 locations in service with more than 20,000 locations serviceable by our 14,000 route mile network.  FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services.

Click here to learn more about the company’s products and services.

Spotlight On: The Avanti Summit

You’re invited to the 2018 Avanti Summit! This event is aimed at celebrating our region’s entrepreneurs. Learn about proven strategies and systems used by Rochester’s greatest business leaders and high growth organizations at this event.

The Avanti Summit – A Celebration of Rochester’s Entrepreneurs 2018
Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (plus a cocktail party after the event!)
Location: Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport, NY 1445
Host: David Mammano, Founder of the Avanti Entrepreneur Group, America’s Entrepreneur Coach
Welcoming remarks by Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo

Speakers for the day include:
Gregg Lederman, Brand Integrity
Joe Crestuk, webSURGE
Leo Linder, Emerge
Lindsay McCutchen, Career Start
Paul Guglielmo, Guglielmo Sauce
Ron Wille, Launch Team Inc.
Michele Liddle, The Perfect Granola

Ticket Prices:

  • Single Tickets: $95
  • Small Group Rate: $80 per ticket (for a group of 5 or more)
  • Large Group Rate: $65 per ticket (for a group of 10 or more)

*Digital Rochester members get $30 off by entering promo code “DR”

Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.


Spotlight On: AT&T Aspire Accelerator

AT&T is in search of game-changing solutions to real world education challenges. Submit your innovative ed-tech ventures for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator now through January 27. The program will begin with selected ventures in April 2018.

The AT&T Aspire Accelerator aims to enhance education by supporting and mentoring the most promising and innovative startups in ed-tech. The Aspire Accelerator’s mission is to support innovations that have the potential to help every student achieve a bright, successful future – exponentially and at scale. It is open to any type of organization – for- or non-profit – working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and career success.

Potential areas of focus include (but are not limited to!):

  • mobile applications that drive education outcomes
  • platforms for teachers, students and/or parents
  • learning and curriculum management tools
  • assessment and outcome tracking platforms
  • education distribution (online instruction, courses, etc.)
  • increased access for existing best practices.

Through an open call for applications, the Accelerator will select companies and non-profits throughout the country, and they will have access to:

  • $125,000 from AT&T
  • Mentorship from AT&T and external ed-tech thought-leaders
  • Access to expertise, services and relationships tailored to your organization throughout the 4-6 month program
  • Flexible location: You don’t have to move – stay where you are based!

For more information or to apply for Aspire Accelerator’s 4th class, visit: