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Upstate news site visits Display Development, tenant at Mancuso Group's Harvester Center incubator

In a fascinating story that highlights how niche high-tech businesses can leverage business incubators, visited Display Development, a designer and integrator of custom, high-end video displays based at Batavia's Harvester Center, the flagship incubator of our member Mancuso Business Development Group. 

Since entering the incubator, Display Development has tripled in size to nearly 8,000 square feet, grown to a dozen employees around the nation, and built a multinational book of business, including celebrities like Derek Jeter. Founder Jim Burns told The Daily News he buys certain parts and services locally, including from other companies based in the repurposed industrial complex or nearby. For more, see the full story

Two firms with international ties land at UB Technology Incubator

Two high-technology firms with international ties, both attracted in part by strong materials-science research programs at SUNY's University at Buffalo, have established U.S. footholds at our supporting member the UB Technology Incubator:

  • Specialized NDE, based in Hamilton, Ontario, will use the incubator site to provide training and consulting services to its U.S. clients. The firm applies advanced technologies to non-destructive evaluation of materials used in a wide range of industries, including transportation equipment and energy transmission and storage. 
  • Nuenz Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of New Zealand-based Nuenz Ltd., will use space rented by its WNY partner InVentures Group to address U.S. customers for its nanofibers that enhance the performance of metals, ceramics and composites. More about InVentures Group here.

For more information, please see the university news release


NY Times visits Harlem Biospace incubator

The New York Times recently visited our member Harlem Biospace, publishing a story that highlights the incubator's support for bioscience entrepreneurs as well as well as its role in the ongoing renewal of west Harlem. The story also discusses the financial assistance provided by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which also supports several of our other NYC-based members.

ThermoLift and Sulfcrete, both clients of CEBIP clean-energy incubator at Stony Brook, announce awards

Two startup clients of the NYSERDA-sponsored CEBIP clean energy incubator at our supporting member Stony Brook University announced significant recognition for the technologies they are developing:

  • ThermoLift, which is developing a novel heat pump for cooling and heating applications, won the 2014 Ultra Light Startups Future Energy Competition held in conjunction with the high-profile ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington. For more information, see the attached release.
  • Sulfcrete, which is developing technology to use waste sulfur from oil and gas refining into a cost-competitive high-performance concrete, won a $150,000 Phase I SBIR award from the National Science Foundation. Sulfcrete, a licensee of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), plans to use the funding to contract with BNL and Stony Brook University for detailed engineering toward construction of a commercial-scale facility. Sulfcrete is also supported by the NYSERDA Entrepreneur in Residence Program managed by our member High Tech Rochester. For more information, see the attached release.

Those interested in more information on CEBIP should register for our annual meeting, where program director David Hamilton will present. 

BioInc@NYMC joins BIA/NYS as supporting member

BioInc@NYMC at New York Medical College (NYMC) has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. Funded as a "priority project" under the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, BioInc is the only university-affiliated wet-lab biosciences business incubator in the Hudson Valley between Albany and New York City. This is a region that has considerable private-sector bioscience activity and that the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation is now branding as BioHud Valley.

Slated to open shortly at 4,500 square feet and targeted ultimately for 10,000 square feet, BioInc represents a cornerstone of the reinvention of a 122,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by an independent cancer prevention institute on the Westchester County grounds in Valhalla. The incubator's neighbors include a training center operated by SUNY Westchester Community College, the basic science complex and other assets of NYMC, the Westchester Medical Center, and the Westchester County Department of Laboratories, a forensic and public-health resource to county government. NYMC itself is a long-standing health sciences institution now affiliated with the Touro College & University System.

For more information on the incubator see the news release issued at the time of the Empire State Development capital award (the incubator was then referred to as iBio-NY). BioInc has joined us as a supporting member, a voluntary higher tier of membership that recognizes leaders of the incubator community statewide. We warmly welcome BioInc to membership!



Tech Garden searching for new innovation specialist, providing high-level business-development assistance to tenants and other clients

Our supporting member The Tech Garden is searching for a new Innovation Specialist to provide high-level business development assistance to tenants and other clients of the incubator's innovation, technology and entrepreneurship programs. At the same time, the Tech Garden is also searching for an administrative assistant.

The Tech Garden also houses and manages the NYSERDA-supported Cleantech Center clean-energy incubator, among other programs aimed at startups. For details and instructions on how to apply, please see the two attached job descriptions. 

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering & NYCEDC open Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn, new home for NYC ACRE and other activities

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (formerly NYU-Poly) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) officially opened the Urban Future Lab, a new space for business incubation and acceleration in downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center. 

The Urban Future Lab will house the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE), a NYSERDA-supported clean energy incubator run by our member NYU-Poly incubator programs, as well as aspects of the PowerBridge proof of concept center, a NYSERDA-sponsored commercialization project managed jointly by NYU-Poly, Columbia University and other regional institutions.

For more information, read the news release issued jointy by the university and the NYCEDC, the parallel announcement of sponsorship by ADT, and coverage in Crain's. Video after the break.

Separately, in its current newsletter, NYC ACRE reported that its tenant REGEN Energy Inc. closed a $7 million B round.

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Tech Garden anchor tenant Rounded gathers national recognition for Density

National recognition has been gathering for Density, a device that helps retailers measure foot traffic. Density was developed by Rounded, an anchor tenant of our supporting member The Tech Garden, in Syracuse.

According to a news release by Syracuse University's iSchool (where co-founder Andrew Farah earned a master's degree), the product was recognized as Best Enterprise Hardware device at February's LAUNCH festival in San Francisco. The company also was the subject of a profile by NBC News. Rounded describes itself as a digital agency and software laboratory.

Harlem Biospace wet-lab incubator joins BIA/NYS

Harlem Biospace, developed with support from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. Situated in a mixed-use zone of West Harlem close to CUNY City College and Columbia University but not owned by either one, Harlem Biospace was designed to serve up to 20 biotechnology, biomaterials, and medical-device/technology startups with work desks, wet-lab benches, and access to shared wet-laboratory resources.

The incubator seeks both university-affiliated and independent entrepreneurs as tenant/clients. The principal of Harlem Biospace is Dr. Sam Sia, a faculy member in biomedical engineering at Columbia who has a strong track record of entrepreneurship and startup formation. The facility is managed by Matt Owens. For more information, please see the collection of current news on the Harlem Biospace website and also the NYCEDC news release from last year. 

We warmly welcome Harlem Biospace to membership. It is our third new member this month.


thINCubator, serving student-initiated ventures in the Mohawk Valley, opens in Utica and joins BIA/NYS

thINCubator (the INC stands for "Innovative New Companies") has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member, our second addition this month. 

Based in historic Baggs Square West in downtown Utica, thINCubator is intended mainly to work with student entrepreneurial teams from the several colleges in the region, including Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and SUNY's Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNY IT). It will also consider residence by independent entrepreneurs. Initial support was provided by the MVCC Foundation, joined by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and others.

The program is built around not just space but intensive instruction by MVCC, coaching by a set of volunteer mentors being recruited now, regional meetups and hackathons, and other entrepreneurial support. thINCubator is led by John Liddy