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The purposes of BIA/NYS, Inc., are:
  • to expand the resources available to start-up companies and to work with policy-makers on matters affecting the growth and development of incubator-based enterprises;
  • to promote through cooperation and on a broadly integrative basis the educational and entrepreneurial activities of incubators within the state; and
  • to establish a structure and ongoing process to network business incubators, incubating/incubated companies, and other interested parties.

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BIA/NYS sets Friday, June 12th, for 2015 annual meeting in Ithaca

The Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., announces that our 2015 annual meeting will be held on Friday, June 12th, in Ithaca. This is the first time our annual meeting has been held in the Southern Tier 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 three member programs in Ithaca: Cornell University's McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences; the Cornell Business & Technology Park; and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a collaboration of Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins County Community College that is also the coordinator of the state-designated Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot. Our physical meeting site will be the ground-floor meeting room of Cornell University's Biotechnology Building

Come join us to discuss what's happening in incubation in the Southern Tier and statewide, including a panel on leveraging incubation facilities with the support of federal, state and local government programs, and updates from our partners at Empire State Development and the state Senate. 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.

Our lunch speaker is Ms. Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  OIE promotes and supports high-growth entrepreneurship; accelerates commercialization of federally funded research; works with other federal agencies and the White House to collaborate on policies and programs to support entrepreneurship and commercialization; supports the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which is chaired by the Secretary of Commerce; and leads the $15 million 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition.

As a bonus, we will be co-programming and co-promoting our annual meeting with the UVANY (the Upstate Venture Association of New York), which is planning a public event the night of June 11th. Reduced-rate admissions will be available on a reciprocal basis to attendees of each event for the other. 

We thank our meeting sponsors confirmed to date: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); the Research Foundation for SUNY; the Cornell Business and Technology Park (which is also a member); Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD); and Cornell's Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, the university's biosciences incubator.

Please hold the date and watch this space for updates on agenda, confirmed speakers, additional sponsorships, and a registration site that will launch in January. 

A block of reduced-rate block hotel rooms has been reserved for Thursday and Friday nights at the Marriott Courtyard Ithaca, in the Cornell Business & Technology Park at Tompkins County Airport, a short ride from campus. In making reservations, please use the preceding customized link or call the hotel and cite meeting name BIANYS. Parking reserved in garage accessible off Campus Road, adjacent to the stadium. Signs will be in place.

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NYU posts job opportunity: manager of cleantech initiatives

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has posted a job opportunity for manager of cleantech initiatives. The position directs the Urban Future Lab, a space in downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center that houses several programs including two of our NYSERDA-supported members: the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE) and the NYU site for the multi-institutional PowerBridgeNY proof of concept center for cleantech innovations. 

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works announces acquisition of Push Interactive, from first wave of tenant/clients

Push Interactive, one of the first tenants of our member Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, has been acquired by local custom software developer GORGES, Inc., according to news releases from Rev and from Cornell University, one of the downtown incubator's three collegiate co-founders.

Push Interactive, developed by recent graduates of Ithaca College (another Rev founder), provides Bluetooth "beacons" that allow retailers to interact directly with visiting customers. According to the news release, the acquisition was catalyzed by Rev entrepreneur in residence Brad Treat. Rev's leader Tom Schryver also coordinates the state-recognized Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot consortium. 

 

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator wins coverage for its 'Cloud Couture' exhibit

Our member the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator won broad media attention coinciding with its well received "Cloud Couture" exhibition during New York Fashion Week, covered in the widely read "About New York" column of The New York Times. The Pratt Institute-affiliated incubator also won coverage in Crain's New York Business, which focused on New York City's efforts to revive the fashion/garment manufacturing sector, and in Women's Wear Daily

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