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Ceramics Corridor incubators in WNY and Southern Tier have graduated 30 firms over the last two decades; case study of SCP in latest annual report

Over the last two decades, the two-site Ceramics Corridor Innovation Centers (incubator facilities in Alfred and Painted Post) has admitted and graduated 30 businesses, according to the incubators' latest annual report available on the CCIC website. Resident businesses have generated $97 million in employee payroll and employed 90 people on average each year.

The report also features in an interview with Martin Metzger, co-founder of early tenant Silicon Carbide Products (SCP), a manufacturerer of advanced ceramic components for challenging industrial uses. SCP now owns its own 30,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Horseheads and exports 40% of sales globally. "Without the innovation center, it wouldn't have been possible for us to move here and start our business," Metzger recalls.

Adarza Biosystems, graduate of HTR's incubation programs, announces $6.8m financing round including Siemens corporate VC unit

Adarza Biosystems, a recent graduate of the incubation programs at High Tech Rochester, announced it has completed a $6.8 million Series A financing.  A University of Rochester spinoff, Adarza developes advanced biosensor assays, mainly for health applications. It received early support from HTR and Rochester Angel Network, which is managed by HTR president (and former BIA/NYS board chair) Jim Senall. The financing round included participation by St. Louis-based Cultivation Capital and the venture capital unit of the mulitnational firm Siemens. For more information, see the firm's news release

Pratt's Debera Johnson in Metropolis Magazine on the ideas behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

The current issue of Metropolis Magazine includes a piece by Debera Johnson, the founder and director of several related design incubation programs at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. In this piece, Deb focuses on the philosophy behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator set to open next month at the former Pfizer building. The article is here

NYSERDA case study on Stony Brook's Clean Energy Business Incubation Program and four Long Island startups

The Innovation and Business Development group at NYSERDA, which sponsors the Clean Energy Business incubator Program hosted by our member Stony Brook University Incubator Programs, has published an excellent case study of how CEBIP has assisted four client companies, two resident at the university's Advanced Energy Center in its Research and Development Park, and two at existing commercial facilities off-site:

  • Solar Cool, a student-initiated venture now developing a solar-power cooler with applications in leisure markets as well as transportation of temperature-sensitive medicine and vaccines;
  • ThermoLift, Inc., developing a highly efficient heat pump system;
  • WATT Fuel Cell Corp., developing a solid-oxide fuel-cell system;
  • Havelide Systems, developing a new technique for converting natural gas to liquid for easier transport.

The case study also does an excellent job explaining how the CEBIP integrates with other aspects of the Long Island venture ecosytem such as Long Island Angels, and with other aspects of state policy such as the Innovate NY Seed Capital Fund and the START-UP NY tax-free zones. For more, please read the study

SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator included in campus's approved START-UP NY plan; announces new tenant Venture Productions

Our member the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is one of several sites approved for residency by companies qualifying for the state's START-UP NY tax-free zones, under a campus-wide plan recently approved. For more information, see the university's news release.

Separately, the incubator announced a new tenancy by Venture Productions, a digital media and education company founded by Ted Sharon, a faculty member in the university's Department of Theatre and Dance. 

Forbes profiles Zahn Center's tenant/prize-winner Homer Delivery, social venture aimed at improving restaurant delivery systems

Forbes writer Anne Field, who covers for-profit social enterprises, profiled Homer Delivery, a tenant/client of our member the Zahn Innovation Center at CUNY's City College of New York. The company is aiming to streamline restaurant delivery in a way that reduces inefficiencies for owners and boosts takehome pay and safety for deliverers. For more information, see the Forbes article

Rochester paper interviews RIT Venture Creations director Bill Jones on upcoming tenant graduations

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper previews the upcoming graduation of two tenant/clients from RIT's Venture Creations incubator, in a story that also features an excellent interview with director Bill Jones. Among six companies scheduled to graduate are two featured in the article, BlackBox Biometrics and Darkwind Media

Business First podcast interview with BNMC's Vic Nole on entrepreneurial activities on and around the medical campus

Dan Miner's podcast at Buffalo Business First features an interview with Vic Nole, director of new business development at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which operates our member the Thomas Beecher Jr. Innovation Center. The discussion features different aspects of the Buffalo ecosystem and the BNMC's new coworking space dig. The podcast is embeded after the break.

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HTR's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center adds prototype lab for hardware ventures, with 3D printers and designer-in-residence

The Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, an incubator operated by our member High Tech Rochester, has added a prototyping lab featuring modern 3D printing and the services of an industrial designer in residence. For more information, see HTR's news release and coverage in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.

The Lennox Center is the latest of our member incubators to add 3D printing capacity, suggesting to us a convergence of the national "maker" movement with well established models of business incubation and entrepreneurial acceleration. Local 3D printing capacity enables incubator tenants and other clients to have near-immediate access to updated product prototypes for customer development. 

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works celebrates grand opening, announces Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator supported by U.S. SBA

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a downtown incubator cosponsored by Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, held its grand opening ceremony. For coverage, see the Cornell Chronicle or The Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper.

Rev also announced it has won an award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to operate a Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator for companies that make physical products. For more information, see the SBA news release or the video featuring Rev director Tom Schryver embedded after the break. 

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