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NYC ACRE tenant Agrilyst wins TechCrunch Disrupt Cup

Agrilyst, a tenant of the NYC ACRE cleantech incubator at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, won the $50,000 "Disrupt Cup" at the 2015 TechCrunch Disrupt conference, according to a story in TechCrunch.

Agrilyst provides a platform that allows operators of indoor farms (greenhouses) to collect and manage sensor data for more efficient and cost-effective operation. TechCrunch profiled the company in detail here including specific credit to NYC ACRE.

NYC ACRE is a clean energy and resiliency-focused incubator supported by NYSERDA and NYC, situated at NYU Polytechnic's Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center.

Queens College Tech Incubator Center joins BIA/NYS

The Queens College Tech Incubator Center, a new incubator developed with support from New York City Council, has opened its doors and has joined BIA/NYS. Queens College is a senior college of the City University of New York and is situated just south of downtown Flushing in Queens.

Housed in a newly renovated office building that formerly served the college's continuing education program, the Tech Incubator Center is led by computer science professor Ted Brown, who also founded CUNY's Institute for Software Design and Development. 

The Tech Incubator Center will support both student and community-based entrepreneurs in the software and "tech" sectors, offering them a range of private and group office settings, dedicated computing capacity, access to college faculty, students, and facilities, and other forms of mentorship and business support. We warmly welcome the Tech Incubator Center to membership!

InnovateLI interviews David Hamilton at Stony Brook's NYSERDA-supported CEBIP incubator

Innovate LI includes an excellent interview with Dave Hamilton, executive director of the NYSERDA-supported Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), at our supporting member Stony Brook University. The interview provides good insight into how incubator managers, many of whom have their own experience with entrepreneurial startups, see their advisory role with respect to tenant/client companies. 

Strong Arm Technologies, assisted by several of our member incubators, receives corporate investment from 3M

Strong Arm Technologies, a venture developing advanced injury-prevention equipment for those whose jobs require heavy physical labor, received a strategic investment from 3M, according to a news release on the multinational firm's website. Strong Arm has received support from several of our member incubators including Venture Creations at Rochester Institute of Technology, where the company began as a student-initiated venture through the Summer Startup Program, and most recently from the Zahn Innovation Center at CUNY's City College of New York (CCNY), where a sophisticated prototyping facility staffed by a professional designer helps companies develop advanced physical products. The firm is now headquartered in Brooklyn. 

Kathi Durdon named director of operations at CNY Biotech Accelerator

Kathi Durdon, a former manager of clinical operations for Welch Allyn, a major NYS-based medical device company, is now director of operations for our member the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNY BAC) at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The overall director of CNY BAC is pathology professor Dr. Robert Corona, also the campus's vice president for innovation and business development. For more info, see coverage in

Preparing 'foodpreneurs': two stories from the test kitchen/kitchen incubator world

So-called "foodpreneurs" learn to perfect their recipe, their business plan, and their "pitch" to bankers at the test kitchen operated by our member the South Side Innovation Center, according to this excellent profile at the website. Incubator director El-Java Williams Abdul-Qadir, quoted in the story, serves on our association board of directors.

At about the same time, the website highlighted both the cost-efficiency and business mentorship available through The Entrepreneur Space, a full-scale kitchen incubator sponsored by the Queens Economic Development Corporation. Incubator manager Kathrine Gregory is quoted in the story. 

We consistently receive the highest degree of media attention for our member incubators assisting foodpreneurs. 

Brookings highlights the importance of the Tech Garden's incubation program to overall innovation & economic-development strategy of CNY region

The Tech Garden, one of our founding member incubators, was the focus of a profile published by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program under the title "With Tech Garden, Syracuse Seeds Regional Growth." 

The profile by the Washington-based nonpartisan think tank correctly identifies the most important aspect of The Tech Garden's incubation program as its tight alignment with the overall economic-development strategy for the Central New York region, and the incubator's integration with initiatives in capital formation, business retention and attraction, and entrepreneurial development. 

The Tech Garden serves its region far beyond its positive impact on the companies being incubated within its walls by providing a focal point for the region's new stress on innovation and entrepreneurship as a development strategy. This is precisely the recommended focus of a regional plan developed with Brookings by the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), the incubator's sponsor. 

. . . reflecting its mission, Tech Garden is responsive to the region's unique challenges after decades of factory closings. As its focus on entrepreneurship has gained momentum . . . other initiatives are also underway to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Additional positive mention of The Tech Garden is made by the most recent report from the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, which follows Syracsue among 22 other metropolitan areas, in a report entitled "Expanding Growth and Opportunity" (summary here).

The profile generously quotes Seth Mulligan, vice president for innovation services at CenterState CEO and manager of The Tech Garden's associated state-designated Innovation Hot Spot for Central New York. We congratulate Seth and all our friends at The Tech Garden and CenterState CEO for this important national recognition! 

Empire Cider moves management operations and quality assurance lab to The Technology Farm

Our member The Technology Farm, a state-designated Certified Business Incubator, announced that Empire Cider will move its management operations and quality assurance lab to the incubator building across the road from Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. For more information, see this news release.

For more insight into the role played by the Technology Farm (aka the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park) see this video report from Time Warner Cable on venture-capital backed Cheribundi, which calls the Technology Farm home. 

Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand announce $50k accelerator award to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works to support women entrepreneurs

In the second such award made to Southern Tier incubators in the past year, the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing $50,000 for "Passenger to Pilot," an accelerator providing support to women entrepreneurs.

The accelerator will be operated by our member Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. For more information, see news releases in the Cornell Chronicle and from Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. Rev is an incubator in downtown Ithaca that is a collaboration among Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. 

During the past year, Rev hosted the "Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator," funded by a grant SBA had awarded to the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot that includes Rev and several other member incubator programs and sites in Ithaca, Binghamton, Corning, and Elmira. 

At the same time, Cornell announced that Tom Schryver, who coordinates both Rev and the Southern Tier Startup Alliance through his position with the Center for Regional Economic Advancement, will additionally lead the Entepreneurship and Innovation Institute (EII) at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. For more information, please see the separate Cornell Chronicle release. Our congratulations to Tom, who serves as a member of our board of directors

Nine teams in the SBA-funded Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator demo their innovations before crowd of 150 including U.S. Rep. Tom Reed

Nine startup teams whose innovations involve physical products pitched at a demo day organized at the conclusion of this summer's Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator, organized by our member the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot consortium for the Southern Tier. 

The program, funded by the federal Small Business Administration, gave the teams access to prototyping tools housed at the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works incubator, at the same time the entrepreneurs were stepped through a rigorous accelerator process managed by entrepreneur in residence Ken Rother. 

According to local coverage, the event attracted a crowd of 150 including U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd CD). For more information, see coverage on the STSA website as well in the Cornell Chronicle, The Ithaca Voice, and The Ithaca Journal



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