Providing Seed Capital For Growth

Chrystal Schlenker

Venture Analyst
Chrystal brings valuable startup experience and insight to Excell Partners, Inc., through her entrepreneurial experiences as Co-founder and COO of Hz Innovations Inc., a venture startup stemming from RIT and focusing on serving deaf community needs. She has accumulated a variety of business acumen, skill sets, and connections in and out of the Rochester startup ecosystem. Leveraging these assets, Chrystal is known for accomplishing great things with limited resources. She can identify with and closely relate to unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs because she has been there. In addition to dedicating herself for building business from the ground up, Chrystal is currently finishing up her final semester towards her Bachelor's degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in the SOIS program for business and deaf studies.

Excell Partners, Inc.
Excell Partners is an affiliate of the University of Rochester. It is a seed stage fund which invests in technologies emerging from the communities and universities across upstate New York. With over $14 million under management, Excell has invested in 48 companies across multiple industry sectors. Excell is one of only six venture firms in New York State to receive funding from ESDC's Innovate NY fund, and the only VC firm selected to manage the statewide MWBE Fund .