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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 (NYSERDA is already confirmed as a participant), 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.

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. 

Please hold the date and watch this space for updates on agenda, confirmed speakers, 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. 

Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator throws open doors to hundreds of guests, wide media attention

Our member the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, a project of the Pratt institute, held a grand opening attended by more than 500 guests, and gained wide attention by local and fashion-oriented media:

Created on the 7th floor of the building formerly occupied by Pfizer's Brooklyn manufacturing plant, which is being redeveloped to house a range of specialty-foods and other artisanal manufacturers, the BF+DA provides space and mentoring services for fashion entrepreneurs, as well as automated knitting machines that allow fashion startups to produce buyer samples on very rapid turnaround. 

Latest group of START-UP NY approvals includes several companies collocating with our member incubators

The latest batch of companies approved for tax-free status under the state's START-UP NY program includes several that will collocate with our member incubators. Several approved campus-based START-UP NY Zones include space inside incubator buildings. You can search our member database by this or other important attributes here. According to the latest announcement from Empire State Development, growing companies approved for tax-free status while residing at our member incubators include:

The news release does not specify physical location in every case, and it is possible that the number of collocations is actually higher than this.

We are proud of the role that our member incubators are playing in providing space and university connectivity to growing companies approved under the START-UP NY program. 

Fredonia Technology Incubator receives second major grant from the Oishei Foundation, targeting arts/technology interaction

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator has received a $300,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation. The grant — the second made by the Buffalo-based foundation to the incubator situated in Dunkirk — will help the incubator promote the interaction between campus programs in the creative arts and the technology startups in the incubator. For more, please read the university's news release

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