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News about incubators that are Members or Supporting Members of the BIA/NYS, posted by the member or through the site administrator.

Tech Garden will manage $3m data-oriented accelerator, latest in series of public-private investment pools aimed at generating and de-risking startups

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that The Tech Garden, a 10-year-old, multifaceted incubator program in downtown Syracuse that is one of our founding members, will manage a $3 million business accelerator competition aimed at startups with a focus on big data analytics, cybersecurity, and data-driven manufacturing. For more details, see Gov. Cuomo's news release

The accelerator, named GENIUS NY (for Growing ENtrepreneurs & Innovators in UpState NY), is the latest in a series of innovative programs at The Tech Garden that deploy a mixture of public and private funding to generate and de-risk investment opportunties for angel and VC funds both in the Central New York region and beyond:

  • The Cleantech Center, contracted by NYSERDA to incubate clean-energy startups;
  • The Germinator, a phased pre-seed investment competition under which the grand winner will gain $250,000 in capital; 
  • Grants for Growth, a long-standing program of The Tech Garden's parent CenterStateCEO, which will manage a $1.5 million university technology-commercialization fund provided by the NYS Innovation Venture Capital Fund; and
  • The ESD-designated Innovation Hot Spot for Central New York, providing entrepreneurial support and tax relief for startups situated at incubators throughout the region. 

Together, these programs provide an unmatched resource for entrepreneurial development. We congratulate our member The Tech Garden and look forward to further announcement of matching arrangements with private-sector investors. 

The Center opens new incubator space in downtown Binghamton

The Center, one of our newest members and also part of the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, recently held the grand opening of its new incubator on Court Street in downtown Binghamton. The Center is a program of The Agency (formerly the Broome County IDA). The opening was covered by the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin pressconnects website

Progress reports from several NYSERDA-supported clean energy incubators and innovation programs

The day preceding our 2015 annual meeting, our sponsor the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) convened its first-ever meeting of all the contractors in its incubator, proof-of-concept center, and other innovation programs. This session was followed by a coordinating meeting with the state-designated Innovation Hot Spots that hold contracts from the NYSTAR division of Empire State Development.

Many of these incubators, proof-of-concept centers, and related programs are operated by our members, or by sibling programs in the same parent organization. Below are download links to the presentations which we have received permission to post publicly. Reviewing these short documents is an an excellent way to understand their respective approaches and accomplishments.

The NYSERDA and NYSTAR contracts all make cost-effective use of existing incubator infrastructure and management, by adding staff and programs dedicated to the agencies' specific objectives. We are very pleased with our partnerships with NYSERDA and NYSTAR and thank the program managers at both entities. 


More START-UP NY companies approved for residency at our member incubators

As in every previous round, the latest batch of companies approved by Empire State Development for tax-free status under the state's START-UP NY program includes several located at our member incubator facilities. Among the 11 companies identified as START-UP approved in a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo are:

  • To the Baird Research Park anchored by the University at Buffalo UB Technology Incubator
    • KeepTruckin, Inc., a California company expanding to NYS to develop a mobile application for fleet management
  • To the Thomas Beecher Jr. Innovation Center at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
    • Rapt-it, LLC, a startup in home decorating technology
    • GlucoGuide U.S. Corp., a Canadian company expanding to NYS to develop a smart phone interface for health insurers, corporate wellness groups and individuals
  • To the SUNY Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator
    • Celmatix, Inc., an existing NYS company focused on predictive analytics for treatment of infertility
  • To SUNY Downstate's companion BioBAT expansion facility:

For more background on the startups at UB, including at facilities other than our member incubators, see the UB news release. 


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