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Jonathan Grutka

By Journal Staff


Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) has appointed Jonathan Grutka as its director of growth initiatives across the upstate New York region. UVC says it is an entrepreneur-led not-for-profit helping to grow a new generation of businesses in upstate New York. Grutka, a 2012 “40 under Forty” honoree, spent 2.5 years in a pure-play, start-up environment in the world of social commerce with LivingSocial. As a regional sales manager in the Northeast, he played a crucial role in scaling the organization and also launched Amazon Local for the cities of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Jacksonville Fla. In January 2013, Grutka co-founded a Syracuse–based social-media management company, called Advenio. It was a CNY 2013 “Economic Champion” honoree and grew to 30 clients in nine different states in one year. 

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