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News about tenant/clients of BIA/NYS member incubator programs.

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.

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. 

Preparing 'foodpreneurs': two stories from the test kitchen/kitchen incubator world

So-called "foodpreneurs" learn to perfect their recipe, their business plan, and their "pitch" to bankers at the test kitchen operated by our member the South Side Innovation Center, according to this excellent profile at the website. Incubator director El-Java Williams Abdul-Qadir, quoted in the story, serves on our association board of directors.

At about the same time, the website highlighted both the cost-efficiency and business mentorship available through The Entrepreneur Space, a full-scale kitchen incubator sponsored by the Queens Economic Development Corporation. Incubator manager Kathrine Gregory is quoted in the story. 

We consistently receive the highest degree of media attention for our member incubators assisting foodpreneurs. 

Empire Cider moves management operations and quality assurance lab to The Technology Farm

Our member The Technology Farm, a state-designated Certified Business Incubator, announced that Empire Cider will move its management operations and quality assurance lab to the incubator building across the road from Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. For more information, see this news release.

For more insight into the role played by the Technology Farm (aka the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park) see this