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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! 

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.

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.

Rev incubator wins 'economic development project of the year' from Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Our member Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a collaboration of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, won "Economic Development Project of the Year" from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Rev anchors a newly expanded building a block east of the Ithaca Commons.

Congratulations to Rev director Tom Schryver, executive director of Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement and vice chair of the BIA/NYS board. For more information see the Cornell news release

Launch NY makes first seed investment in Buffalo incubator startup

Launch NY, a virtual incubator and "venture development organization" serving multiple counties in Western and Central New York, made its first seed investment of $50,000 in the form of a convertable loan to Rachel's Remedy, a portfolio company of the privately operated Z80 Labs incubator in Buffalo. Rachel's Remedy developed and sells "relief packs" for nursing mothers. 

For more information and background from Launch president Marnie LaVigne, please see coverage in Buffalo Business First. For more background on how Launch NY helped Rachel's Remedy, see also this video, embedded after the break.

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

UVC visits CNY Biotech Accelerator and its resident startups

The blog for Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) recently visited our member the Central New York Biotech Accelerator at SUNY Upstate, interviewing several resident startups about the benefits they see in the program. For UVC's full report on the Syracuse wet lab incubator, please visit the first link above. 

NYU incubators searching for new manager at the Varick Street facility

The incubator program at NYU is searching for a new manager for its Varick Street incubator, soon to be refocused on data startups — machine learning, AI, and information security, among other verticals. The hire will be made shortly. For more information or to apply, please check here

Gov. Cuomo recognizes NYSERDA clean-energy incubators for attracting $215m in private capital to 141 clean-energy startups

In a news release issued statewide, Governor Andrew Cuomo recognized all six NYSERDA-sponsored cleantech incubators for their role in standing up 141 clean-energy startups, backed by a total of at least $215 million in private capital and representing 980 newly created jobs.

The release highlighted one startup at each of the six NYSERDA-sponsored incubators, all of which are affiliated to some degree with our members. For more information, please see the NYSERDA release

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