Rochester Open Coffee Club


Starting April 2023, ROCC meetings will be in person!

Bringing together founders, investors and community stakeholders to build Rochester’s startup & entrepreneurial climate. ROCC is a group of Rochester and Roc region professionals who want to see the start-up and entrepreneurial climate THRIVE! We meet weekly to share knowledge, learn about regional business opportunities, and learn from area business people and B2B companies. We work to grow the business environment in Rochester by helping to guide start-up business owners through a variety of questions and concerns. We also connect business with individuals and companies that support businesses in the area, no matter what size, industry, or phase.

Meetings and presentations:

In-person: third Wednesday or Friday of each month from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. See details below.

Learn about the people that make ROCC great!

Meetup Format

We meet once per month, first Wednesday, via zoom, and once per month, third Wednesday, in person.

Meetings may include a presentation, members providing feedback to pitches and business issues, or networking, or any combination of these.

Upcoming Presentations & Events

ROCC meets in person, regardless of whether a presentation is scheduled. If there’s no presenter, we have topical discussions or networking activities.

Currently scheduled presentations are listed below and updated frequently. Sign up for the weekly email with the meeting link or directions to the in-person event.

March 7 - 14, 2023 - live event

Think Entrepreneurship (TM) from Marl Startup Studio

24 dedicated program hours spread across seven days in March. To join us at Innovation Square, please register

HERE. Or contact Jennifer Sertl at

March 22, 2023 - hybrid event

RocGrowth Candids featuring Steve Dubnik, President and CEO of Strong National Museum of Play.

Register here.

March 23, 2023 - live event

Great Lakes Gaming Lounge, Innovation Square 5:30-7:30 pm

Start-up Grind Pitch In

Register here

NOTE: April 6 Marl on Main Event has moved to May

April 6, 2023 - live event

Roc Brewing, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Creative Collisions - collaborative happy hour with RocGrowth, ROCC, and Start-up Grind.

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Get added to our distribution list to receive a weekly email with details for the next meeting, including format, speakers, and directions to venues.

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Have questions about format or an opportunity to present, email us at

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