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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); Cornell's Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, the university's biosciences incubator; and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYS EDC).

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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BNMC Innovation Cener welcomes six new tenants, celebrates 5 years of expansion and programming

The Thomas Beecher Jr. Innovation Center at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus announced acceptance of six new tenants, spanning a range from startups to existing business-service providers focusing on the region's growth economy: 

For more information, please see attached news release. 

In addition, The Buffalo News reviewed five years of accomplishments of the Innovation Center as part of the center's recent annual open house: 

  • 75 resident startups in a traditional incubator floor and other space available for lease on short, flexible terms;
  • Multiple graduations into larger space elsewhere on campus or in the city;
  • Creation of "dig" (short for design innovation garage), a coworking space owned and operated by the BNMC itself;
  • Expansion of the incubator into additional space in two other buildings on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus property;
  • Integration of other local activities such as the 43North business plan comeptiton and the Z80 private incubator/investment fund;
  • Creation of "Ignite," a program of business development services available to tenants across the campus.

For more information, see the article

Calverton Incubator introduces local food startups, users of the incubator's pilot production lines, to major food distributors

The Calverton Business Incubator, part of Stony Brook University's incubator program, held a showcase introducing major food distributors to the local specialty food manufacturers that are using pilot production facilities at the incubator's Agriculture and Consumer Sciences wing to test and develop new products. Please see coverage at Riverhead Local, InnovateLI, and Edible East End. Food startups are emerging nationwide as an important investment category. 

Tech Garden announces six entrants into 2-year 'Germinator' investment competition

CenterStateCEO, the parent organization of The Tech Garden, announced six entrants into the competitive Germinator pre-seed investment program:

  • Euphony, Inc., developing text-to-speech synthesis for speech therapy applications;
  • Life Source Health, Inc., offering real-time vital health information to emergency responders;
  • Sarita's, a sister company to a local food truck, expanding to a line available through grocery stores; 
  • Trainer Engine, a software platform for trainers to manage their clients;
  • Volu, Inc., a volunteer-engagment platform for non-profits and their volunteers; and
  • VossVertical, creating technology to expand the distance and endurance of unmanned aerial (including drones).

Each entrant received a $10,000 initial investment and will compete over the course of the coming two years for additional tranches of investment. The grand winner will have received $250,000 in investment over hte course of the program. For more information, see the CenterState CEO news release