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S.T.E.A.M. Garden, project of Central Ave. BID in Albany, joins BIA/NYS

The S.T.E.A.M. Garden, a business incubator being created at a former elementary school on the Central Avenue business corridor in Albany, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member.

To help finance the building and startup expenses, the Central District Management Association, aka the Central Avenue Business Improvement District, received $850,000 in grants from Empire State Development Corp. and other state agencies through the Capital Region Economic Development Council. For more information, see the Central Avenue news release.

"STEAM" is an acronym in the education profession for "science, technology, engineering, arts and math." The S.T.E.A.M. Garden will coordinate with the i518 Innovation Hot Spot operated by SUNY's University at Albany, and also partner with Hudson Valley Community College, to bring together "tech" entrpreneurs, creative technology professionals, college students, and arts organizations in a single staffed facility. 

The S.T.E.A.M. Garden is led by BID director Anthony Capece. We warmly welcome the incubator to membership! 

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BIA/NYS sets Friday, June 10th, for annual meeting in Utica

The Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., announces that our 2016 annual meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th, in Utica. This is the first time our annual meeting has been held in the Mohawk Valley economic region.

Our meeting is the singular statewide event where practitioners of innovation & entrepreneurship meet to talk about incubation and related activities, along with critical partners from the government, university, and private sectors.

We are co-hosted this year by our two [maybe three, soon] incubator programs in the Mohawk Valley: thINCubator in Utica, sponsored by Mohawk Valley Community College, and the Griffiss Institute incubator program at the Griffiss Business & Technology Park in Rome, site of the reinvented Air Force base.

Come join us to discuss what's happening in incubation in the Mohawk Valley and statewide, including a panel on leveraging philanthropic support for incubation entrepreneurship, discussion on innovation needs from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate and from our partners at Empire State Development and the state Senate.

About half the day is open to the public, with a short business meeting for members only in the afternoon, followed by tours for all of our member incubators. Lunch speaker and hotel arrangements to be announced. Draft agenda attached below or available here.

We would like to thank our meeting sponsors NYSERDA and Marshall and Sterling Insurance

The eventbrite form shows the basic fee for attendance, including continental breakfast and a light lunch. Significant discounts are available to BIA/NYS members (ask for the code) and attendees of day-before UVANY event and to NYSERDA contractors.

A block of significantly discounted hotel rooms has been reserved for the night of June 9th (and also a few the day before and day after) at the Radisson Utica Centre, just blocks from the meeting site. Please visit  www.radisson.com/uticany and use promotional code BUSINC. 

 

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Jobs listed at the NYU Incubators and the Tech Garden in Syracuse

Two of our members are advertising job availabilities:

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Embark and Ecolectro enter McGovern Center life sciences incubator at Cornell

Embark Veterinary, which is developing a new gene-based testing platform for canine health, and Ecolectro, which is developing novel polymer materials for alternative-energy applications, are the newest tenant/clients admitted to the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences at Cornell's main campus in Ithaca. 

According to a university news release, Embark was cofounded by a Cornell faculty member and his brother (who is serving a the CEO), and Ecolectro's CEO and CSO are both graduates or soon-to-be graduates of doctoral programs at the university. 

Ecolectro last year participated in the NYSERDA-sponsored NEXUS-NY proof of concept center, a pre-incubator program operated by our member High Tech Rochester. 

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KiiLN, a nonprofit accelerator for biotech in NYC, joins BIA/NYS

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Keystone for Incubating Innovation in the Life sciences Network (KiiLN), a nonprofit accelerator aimed at assisting early-stage biotech startups in New York City, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. KiiLN was an awardee in last year's Growth Accelerator competition managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. KiiLN was created by a group of former doctoral and postdoctoral students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

KiiLN has also announced a partnership with BioLabs New York, a wet-lab coworking space planning to open in Manhattan as part of a national network affiliated with Cambridge Biolabs, a coworking and contract research organization. When the location of BioLabs New York is announced, KiiLN will have a physical space from which to operate its programs. BioLabs New York was the winner of a $2 million grant from Empire State Development as part of the latest awards cycle of the Regional Economic Development Council process.  

We warmly welcome KiiLN and its partners at BioLabs New York to membership!

 

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BIA/NYS board adds three new members

The board of the Business Incubator Association of NYS has added three new members to fill vacancies. The new board members are:

The full board is listed here. Elections to the board are held at each annual members' meeting, but the board acts to fill vacancies directly when they occur during the year, usually due to a job change or promotion that results in a director no longer representing an incubator member of the association. Congratulations, Kathi, Matt, and Esther! 

 

NYU Tandon incubator program reviews entrants, graduations, funding rounds for 2015

The three incubators associated with NYU's Tandon School of Engineering welcomed 21 new entrants including six at the NYSERDA-supported NYC ACRE clean-energy incubator, according to a year-end review published by the NYU Tandon news office.

Milestones reported by incubator clients during the year included several major funding rounds, graduations and awards or recognitions:

  • Agrilyst won Tech Crunch Disrupt.  
  • Bounce Exchange moved into the New York Times Building and is expanding to Germany and Singapore.
  • Clarifi, a Varick Street Incubator tenant, raised a $10 million round of funding and graduated.
  • CB Insights, a graduate of the Varick Street Incubator, raised a $10 million round of funding.
  • Clear Grid Innovations won Second Prize at Columbia University's Energy Symposium.
  • EVBox , the EU’s leading electric vehicle charging company, launched its American operations at NYC ACRE.
  • Pure Energy Partners helped to create and launch the new Carbon X prize for carbon emissions reduction.
  • Sistine Solar won a coveted $1million SunShot grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • StyleSage won a “Game Changer” Award in Europe.
  • Swyft Media graduated from the Varick Incubator by way of acquisition.
  • United Wind, an NYC ACRE graduate, secured $13.5 million in financing for small-scale wind leases.  
  • Verizon Powerful Answers awarded two companies $250,000: Radiator Labs and Books that Grow.
  • Three companies—BlocPower, Smarter Grid Solutions, and Sealed—won New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration / NY Prize contracts.  

The university reports a 90 percent survival rate for the incubator program. Of 64 firms graduated since the program opened in 2009, some 56 remain operational. The year-end review also recaps the 5 companies approved by the state for residency in tax-free START-UP NY space collocated with the three incubators.

Separately, NYU Tandon also reported the inclusion within the DUMBO incubator of Prosper, a new pre-incubator for veteran-led startups. 

 

 

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Two acquisitions among 2015 milestones for UB Technology Incubator

Two companies that either reside in or trace their roots to the UB Technology Incubator were acquired during 2015, according to a year-end review of six acquisitions, funding rounds, and federal funding published by the University at Buffalo news office.

Acquired were Refulgent Systems, developer of the Ambur app for restaurant management, and Cloud62, a Salesforce.com implementation partner. The former was acquired by competitor ShopKeep, based in New York City, and the latter by a Chicago-based consultancy. 

Separately, UB also published summaries of the companies admitted into other UB-affiliated space as part of the (previously reported) most recent round of approvals under the state's tax-free START-UP NY program. 

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NY Times covers the QEDC Entrepreneur Space incubator in a survey of the food startup movement

Our member incubator The Entrepreneur Space, a shared kitchen and baking incubator sponsored by the Queens Economic Development Corporation, was one of several similar programs covered by The New York Times in a survey of the food startup movement spanning the five boroughs of New York City.

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CortecNet and EpiBone gain START-UP NY approval for residency at newly expanded SUNY Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator

Of the latest group of 16 companies approved for the state's tax-free START-UP NY zones, about half will leverage the facilities or capabilities of our member incubators.

Two life-science companies, CortecNet Corporation and EpiBone, Inc., were approved for tax-free residency at the SUNY Downstate Advanced Technology Incubator in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the third and final wing, bringing total square footage to 50,000. 

Also hosting newly approved START-UP NY companies are New York University, the University at Buffalo, and Binghamton University, all of which maintain active membership in our association. At NYU the approved companies are physically located at our member incubators. At the two SUNY campuses, the new firms are either in the campus incubator or in one of several other nearby structures approved under START-UP NY. 

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