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LaunchPad LI joins BIA/NYS

LaunchPad Long Island, a multi-site incubator, coworking, and acceleration program, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest supporting member. The four operating sites for LaunchPad are Great Neck, Huntington, Mineola, and NYIT with a fifth arrangement with Stony Brook University's LIHTI to be announced shortly.

Started by investor-entrepreneur Andrew Hazen, LaunchPad LI is a combination of an incubator operator and a non-profit acceleration program that provides services across five sites, three controlled by the company itself and two at our existing supporting members (NYIT's ETIC and Stony Brook University's LIHTI). The nonprofit affiliate of LaunchPad has been designated as a Certified Business Incubator by Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The principals of LaunchPad also operate a seed fund, but tenant/clients are not required to be in the investment portfolio. Finally, LaunchPad also has a robust program of public events, including pitch nights and Long Island Tech Day that has expanded dramatically to attendance of nearly 3,000 at Mitchell Field in the last two years. We warmly welcome LaunchPad Long Island and all its affiliates to membership! 

Zahn Center selects grand prize winners in $150k venture competitions

The Zahn Innovation Center at City College of New York (CCNY) announced the selection of four grand prize winners in its annual venture competition focused on the CCNY community. The winners receive an automatic spot in the incubator's summer accelerator program and invitations to commercial accelerators:

  • VeriPAD, an app to authenticate medication delivery in developing countries, won the $25,000 Zahn Social Impact Prize and will use the funds to test in Kenya and Lebanon. 
  • Hybridia, a tool for laparoscopic surgery, won the $25,000 Zahn Technology Prize and will use the funds to test a prototype in NYC hospitals;
  • StreetLabs, a technology for monitoring NYC road repair, won the $25,000 Standard Chartered Women+Tech4NYC prize and will use the funds to test in Upper Manhattan with NYC DOT;
  • Applied Motions, a wearable that uses biofeedback to increase athletic performance while preventing injury, won the $50,000 Kaylie Connected Devices prize and will use the funds for manufacturing and testing. 

Four runners-up also won $5,000 each. For more information, please see the Zahn Center's news release

Incubator clients take all three top spots in 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge

Startups being incubated by several of our Rochester-area member incubator programs won all three top prizes at the annual Rochester Venture Challenge:

Another Venture Creations client, Cenify, LLC, was a runner-up in the challenge. For more information on the annual Venture Challenge, see HTR's news release.

 

Five clean-energy/cleantech teams admitted to latest cohort of NYSERDA-backed PowerBridgeNY proof of concept center

Five teams developing clean-energy/cleantech startups derived from university laboratory discoveries were admitted into the latest cohort of PowerBridgeNY, a NYSERDA-supported proof of concept center that functions as a pre-incubator. 

The winning teams — two each from NYU and Columbia, and one from Stony Brook University — will receive funding to advance "customer discovery" as part of determining the optimal strategies for commercialization.

Decisions were guided by a judging team of industrial scientists and professional venture investors. Teams include an entrepreneurial lead separate from the faculty inventor as well as one or more industrial mentors. For more detail, see the announcement.

Admitted to the program were teams advancing efficient power transformers; clean burning of methane from landfill; a robotic vessel for gathering environmental data in aquatic environments; energy-efficient roof coatings; and biologically mediated cleanup of contaminated sites.

Clarkson connects Peyton Hall incubator companies to McKinsey/NYPA economic development strategy for North Country

The Peyton Hall Incubator at Clarkson University highlighted several of its 34 resident firms during a recent tour for St. Lawerence County officials, timed to coincide with release of a regional economic-development strategy commssioned from McKinsey by the New York Power Authority.

According to news coverage in the Watertown Daily Times and North Country Now, Peyton Hall tenants have raised $10 million in private capital. The Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson supports not only the incubator in downtown Potsdam, but a network of five satellite locations across the North Country region, through a state-designated Innovation Hot Spot.

 

ETIC incubator at NYIT joins BIA/NYS

The Enterpreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member, at the "supporting" level that recognizes statewide leadership in business incubation.

The 8,000 square-foot facility targets serving independent entrepreneurs in three sectors: IT and cybersecurity; bioengineering and medical devices; and energy and green technologies. It will also be integrated with student business-plan competitions on campus.

The ETIC was built with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), matched by a capital grant from Empire State Development (ESD) announced earlier in the year. The incubator is being managed by Dr. Marta Alicia Panero, and the project champion is NYIT Dean of Engineering Prof. Nada Marie Anid. 

For more information, see last year's news release from NYIT. We warmly welcome ETIC to membership and thank NYIT for its leadership and support! 

NYU's NYSERDA-sponsored ACRE cleantech incubator announces network collaboration with Greentown Labs

NYC ACRE, the NYSERDA-sponsored cleantech incubator at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, has announced a collaboration with Greentown Labs of Somerville, Mass.  Under the networking agreement, companies at either incubator will have access to events, professional connections, and even temporary desk space when visiting the other city on business. The programs will also exchange information on best practices. For more information, see NYU's news release

'Little Bird Fire Bites' as a case-study of what the Entrepreneur Space kitchen incubator does to help launch new food products

Our member The Entrepreneur Space is celebrating its 5th anniversary and also the graduation into commercial space of Little Bird Fire Bites, which produces chocolate-covered jalapeño treats. In his executive director's newsletter, Queens Economic Development Corporation's Seth Bornstein recounts:

They rented the Entrepreneur Space for their first shift in May 2013. Then, they refined their recipes. They learned how to transform a product they used to make in their home kitchen into one that could be mass-produced. They learned how to market their product. Their packaging became professional, and they developed a great website. Slowly, they added additional shifts and staffers. In the last year, demand for their fiery chocolate has grown at a quick clip. (It's sold on line and in specialty stores around the country.) Fast forward to today, and as is the case for all little birds, they are leaving the nest. Late last year, they informed us they were going to move into their own facility because they had outgrown the E-Space. (In fact, they recently had their last shift in Kitchen D.) Over the last three years, they have grown wings, as evidenced by their staff of six and increased revenues.

Chief engineer of Geri-Safe on the value of the Hardware Accelerator at the STA and Rev: Ithaca

Over at Upstate Venture Connect, there's an excellent blog entry featuring an interview with Nandita Bal, chief engineer of Geri-Safe, a startup develoing technology to help older adults. In the interview, she describes how her team's venture leveraged the Hardware Accelerator sponsored by the Southern Tier Startup Alliance (the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot) and then decided to enter the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works physical incubator:

The $2,000 in development funds that I received as part of the Hardware Accelerator program was enough to get a functioning prototype–the 3D printer in the Rev prototyping lab helped us test a lot of the small details of our specific designs before considering manufacturing. And the mentors were always there to guide me, so my work never stopped. There are so many events that keep happening at Rev, so the whole community thinks of Rev as the place to come talk about startups. For networking, that was great. The university, the location, the mentorship, the space, the Hardware Accelerator workshop, the network–those are what made me stay in the Southern Tier.

The Hardware Accelerator got started last year with a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For the rest of the interview, please follow this link.

InnovateLI visits Codagenix, a vaccine developer taking on Zika virus

InnovateLI has published a profile of Codagenix, a vaccine developer cofounded by faculty members at SUNY Farmingdale State College and SUNY Stony Brook University, which is now taking on the Zika virus.

Codagenix began operations at Stony Brook's flagship Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI) and has just relocated to our member Broad Hollow Bioscience Park. More details on the company and its anti-Zika effort in the story

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