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Empire Cider moves management operations and quality assurance lab to The Technology Farm

Our member The Technology Farm, a state-designated Certified Business Incubator, announced that Empire Cider will move its management operations and quality assurance lab to the incubator building across the road from Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. For more information, see this news release.

For more insight into the role played by the Technology Farm (aka the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park) see this video report from Time Warner Cable on venture-capital backed Cheribundi, which calls the Technology Farm home. 

Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand announce $50k accelerator award to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works to support women entrepreneurs

In the second such award made to Southern Tier incubators in the past year, the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing $50,000 for "Passenger to Pilot," an accelerator providing support to women entrepreneurs.

The accelerator will be operated by our member Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. For more information, see news releases in the Cornell Chronicle and from Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. Rev is an incubator in downtown Ithaca that is a collaboration among Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. 

During the past year, Rev hosted the "Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator," funded by a grant SBA had awarded to the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot that includes Rev and several other member incubator programs and sites in Ithaca, Binghamton, Corning, and Elmira. 

At the same time, Cornell announced that Tom Schryver, who coordinates both Rev and the Southern Tier Startup Alliance through his position with the Center for Regional Economic Advancement, will additionally lead the Entepreneurship and Innovation Institute (EII) at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. For more information, please see the separate Cornell Chronicle release. Our congratulations to Tom, who serves as a member of our board of directors

Nine teams in the SBA-funded Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator demo their innovations before crowd of 150 including U.S. Rep. Tom Reed

Nine startup teams whose innovations involve physical products pitched at a demo day organized at the conclusion of this summer's Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator, organized by our member the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot consortium for the Southern Tier. 

The program, funded by the federal Small Business Administration, gave the teams access to prototyping tools housed at the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works incubator, at the same time the entrepreneurs were stepped through a rigorous accelerator process managed by entrepreneur in residence Ken Rother. 

According to local coverage, the event attracted a crowd of 150 including U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd CD). For more information, see coverage on the STSA website as well in the Cornell Chronicle, The Ithaca Voice, and The Ithaca Journal

 

NYU Polytechnic Schoo of Engineering announces graduates of VET training & public-relations services for incubator tenant/clients

Our member incubators at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering announced:

  • a first class of 14 veterans of the U.S. military completed a 10-week Veteran Entrepreneur Training (VET) curriculum and will have access to space at the incubators for an additional three months, under funding secured by Assembly Member Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn, AD 50). For more information and a list of the VET startups, see the university's news release;
  • arrangement with The Marino Organization, a full-service public relations and strategic communications firm, to extend its services to tenant/clients of all of NYU's incubator programs and sites. For more information, see a separate news release

NYU's incubator programs comprise sites at Varick Street and DUMBO, and the NYC ACRE and PowerBridgeNY programs at the Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn. 

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