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The Knotel joins BIA/NYS

The Knotel, a serviced office focused on growing companies and teams of entrepreneurs, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. Founded as an outgrowth of the teamwork platform Knotable, The Knotel's 25,000 square-foot site is located on W. 17th St. in Manhattan, with additional locations planned in the Financial District, NoHo, Long Island City, and beyond.

The founders of Knotel are Edward Shenderovich of Kite Ventures and Amol Sarva, a successful serial entreprneeur who founded Virgin Mobile USA and created the Peek smartphone. Knotel is the first commercial startup space of its kind to join our association, and we warmly welcome them to membership. 

Uma Bioseed, spinoff of a Cornell spinoff and incubator tenant, wins $500k as finalist in 43North business-plan competition

Uma Bioseed, mentioned on our site previously when it won the New York State Business Plan Competition, went on to win a major $500,000 investment as a finalist in the 43North business-plan competition in Buffalo.

As pointed out by the Cornell University news release, the MBA-student-initiated venture is effectivley a spin-off of a Cornell spinoff, since it adapted platform technology developed by ZYMTronix, a tenant of our member the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

According to the Uma Bioseed website, the company has developed an enzymatic treatment that protects agricultural seeds from pathogens. 

Ithaca Voice publishes letter of thanks to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works as the local news site graduates to commercial space

On the occasion of its graduation into commercial office space, The Ithaca Voice published a letter of tribute to our member incubator Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, where the local online news site began operations just a year ago. The letter is very much worth reading for insight into the role that incubators play in small cities. It is available here

WKTV profiles thINCubator's assists to Utica-area entrepreneurs

thINCubator, our member in downtown Utica, was profiled in a three-part series by WKTV focusing on specific examples of assistance rendered to local entrepreneurs who are ready to launch or to roll out local concepts nationally. The videos are available at thINCubator's blog entry or embedded here after the break.

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Griffiss Insitute and its partners start listing job opportunities emerging from AFRL Commercialization Academy

Our member The Griffiss Institute has rolled out a Job Board that will list local hiring opportunities offered by startups graduating from the Commercialization Academy that the incubtor runs in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate in Rome and Wasabi Ventures, a national firm. The first jobs listed are with VidFall, a shopping site that won a $25,000 judges' prize at the Commercialization Academy's Demo Day. 

Cornell's McGovern Center ranked among top 10 university business incubators in North America by UBI Global

The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, a biosciences incubator at Cornell's main campus in Ithaca and one of our association's founding members, was named to the top 10 list of North American university business incubators by UBI Global. For more information, please see UBI's news release. Congrats to McGovern Center director Lou Walcer, the past chair of our association board! 

RIT Venture Creations incubator graduates 5 more startups

Five more startups have graduated from our supporting member the RIT Venture Creations incubator, bringing 31 jobs into the surrounding community, according coverage of the graduation in the Democrat & Chronicle. The five are:

For more information see the RIT news release.


C&E News tags battery startup NOHMs, incubated at Cornell Business & Technology Park and now at Eastman Business Park, as chemistry-centric startup to watch

In its latest list of 10 "chemistry-centric" startups to watch, the American Chemical Society magazine Chemical & Engineering News included NOHMs Technologies, an advanced-battery startup licensing Cornell technology that previously incubated at our member Cornell Business & Technology Park and now resides at our member Eastman Business Park. Here is the full NOHMs profile

Life Unit, developing strategies to combat biofilms implicated in drug resistance and CF, becomes newest tenant at CNYBAC

Life Unit LLC, a winner of a $25,000 matching grant for applied research from the Grants for Growth program of CenterStateCEO, will become the newest tenant/client of our member the Central New York Biotech Accelerator at SUNY Upstate. The matching grant supports a partnership between the startup and the Yan-Yeung Luk Lab at Syracuse University.

Life Unit is a privately held biotechnology company focused on the development of novel therapeutics and chemical agents for treating and controlling biofilms implicated in drug resistance, persistent infections, and health conditions including Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and chronic acne.

Re-Nuble, receiving incubation support from both Harlem Biospace and CEBIP, profiled at InnovateLI

Re-Nuble, a tenant/client of our member incubator Harlem Biospace, was profiled at InnovateLI because it is simultaneously receiving incubation support from the NYSERDA-supported Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University. According to the profile, Re-Nuble is converting food waste through anaerobic digestion into fertilizer designed specifically for hydroponic agriculture, providing a substitute for chemical fertilizers. Here is the Re-Nuble profile