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NYC ACRE tenant Agrilyst wins TechCrunch Disrupt Cup

Agrilyst, a tenant of the NYC ACRE cleantech incubator at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, won the $50,000 "Disrupt Cup" at the 2015 TechCrunch Disrupt conference, according to a story in TechCrunch.

Agrilyst provides a platform that allows operators of indoor farms (greenhouses) to collect and manage sensor data for more efficient and cost-effective operation. TechCrunch profiled the company in detail here including specific credit to NYC ACRE.

NYC ACRE is a clean energy and resiliency-focused incubator supported by NYSERDA and NYC, situated at NYU Polytechnic's Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center.

Queens College Tech Incubator Center joins BIA/NYS

The Queens College Tech Incubator Center, a new incubator developed with support from New York City Council, has opened its doors and has joined BIA/NYS. Queens College is a senior college of the City University of New York and is situated just south of downtown Flushing in Queens.

Housed in a newly renovated office building that formerly served the college's continuing education program, the Tech Incubator Center is led by computer science professor Ted Brown, who also founded CUNY's Institute for Software Design and Development. 

The Tech Incubator Center will support both student and community-based entrepreneurs in the software and "tech" sectors, offering them a range of private and group office settings, dedicated computing capacity, access to college faculty, students, and facilities, and other forms of mentorship and business support. We warmly welcome the Tech Incubator Center to membership!

Strong Arm Technologies, assisted by several of our member incubators, receives corporate investment from 3M

Strong Arm Technologies, a venture developing advanced injury-prevention equipment for those whose jobs require heavy physical labor, received a strategic investment from 3M, according to a news release on the multinational firm's website. Strong Arm has received support from several of our member incubators including Venture Creations at Rochester Institute of Technology, where the company began as a student-initiated venture through the Summer Startup Program, and most recently from the Zahn Innovation Center at CUNY's City College of New York (CCNY), where a sophisticated prototyping facility staffed by a professional designer helps companies develop advanced physical products. The firm is now headquartered in Brooklyn. 

InnovateLI interviews David Hamilton at Stony Brook's NYSERDA-supported CEBIP incubator

Innovate LI includes an excellent interview with Dave Hamilton, executive director of the NYSERDA-supported Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), at our supporting member Stony Brook University. The interview provides good insight into how incubator managers, many of whom have their own experience with entrepreneurial startups, see their advisory role with respect to tenant/client companies. 


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