BIA/NYS sets Friday, June 10th, for annual meeting in Utica #bianys2016

The Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., announces that our 2016 annual meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th, in Utica. This is the first time our annual meeting has been held in the Mohawk Valley economic region.

Our meeting is the singular statewide event where practitioners of innovation & entrepreneurship meet to talk about incubation and related activities, along with critical partners from the government, university, and private sectors.

We are co-hosted this year by our two [maybe three, soon] incubator programs in the Mohawk Valley: thINCubator in Utica, sponsored by Mohawk Valley Community College, and the Griffiss Institute incubator program at the Griffiss Business & Technology Park in Rome, site of the reinvented Air Force base.

Come join us to learn about

  • What's happening in incubation across the Mohawk Valley — certified incubators, the regional Innovation Hot Spot, and START-UP NY zones;
  • Models being deployed by the community foundation and successful entrepreneurs to support entrepreneurial development and startup formation;
  • How startups statewide can work with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Griffiss to develop strategic customers in the Air Force and its prime-contractor supply chain;
  • The latest updates from our partners at Empire State Development and the state Senate. 

We are pleased to announce that our lunch speaker will be Dr. Danielle Merfeld, a vice president of GE and group director for electronic technology systems at the GE Global Research unit based in Schenectady. Dr. Merfeld is the GE R&D executive working most closely with the new $2 billion power-electronics-packaging line the company is installing in Utica at the Marcy Nanocenter. Dr. Merfeld will speak about opportunities for startup entrepeneurs statewide to serve the innovation needs of GE in this segment, including by hardware or software innovation that opens up new end-use markets for GE. 

About half the day is open to the public, with a short business meeting for members only in the afternoon, followed by tours for all of our member incubators. Draft agenda attached below.

We would like to thank our meeting sponsors NYSERDA, the Research Foundation for SUNY, the New York State Economic Develpment Council, and Marshall and Sterling Insurance

The eventbrite form shows the basic fee for attendance, including continental breakfast and a light lunch. Significant discounts are available to BIA/NYS members (ask for the code) and attendees of day-before UVANY event and to NYSERDA contractors.

A block of significantly discounted hotel rooms has been reserved for the night of June 9th (and also a few the day before and day after) at the Radisson Utica Centre, just blocks from the meeting site. Please visit  www.radisson.com/uticany and use promotional code BUSINC. 

 

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LaunchPad LI joins BIA/NYS

LaunchPad Long Island, a multi-site incubator, coworking, and acceleration program, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest supporting member. The four operating sites for LaunchPad are Great Neck, Huntington, Mineola, and NYIT with a fifth arrangement with Stony Brook University's LIHTI to be announced shortly.

Started by investor-entrepreneur Andrew Hazen, LaunchPad LI is a combination of an incubator operator and a non-profit acceleration program that provides services across five sites, three controlled by the company itself and two at our existing supporting members (NYIT's ETIC and Stony Brook University's LIHTI). The nonprofit affiliate of LaunchPad has been designated as a Certified Business Incubator by Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The principals of LaunchPad also operate a seed fund, but tenant/clients are not required to be in the investment portfolio. Finally, LaunchPad also has a robust program of public events, including pitch nights and Long Island Tech Day that has expanded dramatically to attendance of nearly 3,000 at Mitchell Field in the last two years. We warmly welcome LaunchPad Long Island and all its affiliates to membership! 

Zahn Center selects grand prize winners in $150k venture competitions

The Zahn Innovation Center at City College of New York (CCNY) announced the selection of four grand prize winners in its annual venture competition focused on the CCNY community. The winners receive an automatic spot in the incubator's summer accelerator program and invitations to commercial accelerators:

  • VeriPAD, an app to authenticate medication delivery in developing countries, won the $25,000 Zahn Social Impact Prize and will use the funds to test in Kenya and Lebanon. 
  • Hybridia, a tool for laparoscopic surgery, won the $25,000 Zahn Technology Prize and will use the funds to test a prototype in NYC hospitals;
  • StreetLabs, a technology for monitoring NYC road repair, won the $25,000 Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC prize and will use the funds to test in Upper Manhattan with NYC DOT;
  • Applied Motions, a wearable that uses biofeedback to increase athletic performance while preventing injury, won the $50,000 Kaylie Connected Devices prize and will use the funds for manufacturing and testing. 

Four runners-up also won $5,000 each. For more information, please see the Zahn Center's news release

Incubator clients take all three top spots in 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge

Startups being incubated by several of our Rochester-area member incubator programs won all three top prizes at the annual Rochester Venture Challenge:

Another Venture Creations client, Cenify, LLC, was a runner-up in the challenge. For more information on the annual Venture Challenge, see HTR's news release.

 

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