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CUNY Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship joins BIA/NYS

The CUNY Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, established as a focal point for faculty-driven entrepreneurship across the multicampus City University of New York system, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member.

The incubator, situated in a modern office building on 125th Street in Harlem, is led by Dr. Zeev Dagan, formerly the provost of CUNY's nearby City College of New York and now executive director of entrepreneurship initiatives in the office of the CUNY vice chancellor for research.

For more information, see the university news release on the opening of the Hub. We warmly welcome the CUNY Hub to membership! 

NYDesigns relaunches its FabLab, appoints 'die-hard maker' Doug Thornhill as manager

The NYDesigns incubator has relaunched its FabLab, employing Doug Thornill as manager. Formerly based in ground-floor space, the FabLab will move to the 9th floor, closer to the incubator itself. For more information, see the blog entry from NYDesigns. The entry describes Doug as a "die-hard maker" interested in supporting manufacturers with his expertise in digital fabrication and embedded electronics. 

Maidbot, a Cornell student startup and graduate of the STSA Hardware Accelerator, joins Rev:Ithaca as incubator tenant

Maidbot, a robotics hospitality company created by several Cornell students, will join Rev:Ithaca Startup Works. Maidbot was a participant in the SBA-supported Southern Tier Startup Alliance Hardware Accelerator, hosted in Rev's fab lab and will now be a full tenant/client of the incubator itself. For more information, see Rev's blog entry

John Liddy wins "campus connector" at Upstate Venture Ecosystems Awards

John Liddy, director of the Syracuse Student Sandbox, a regional multi-college student incubator hosted at our member The Tech Garden, won "campus connector" at the first Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards held by Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) and the Upstate Venture Association of NY (UVANY).

John also guides student programming at our member thINCubator in Utica, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot for the Mohawk Valley region, sponsored by SUNY's Mohawk Valley Community College. Congratulations, John!

For a complete list of winners of the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards, see UVC's announcement

Griffiss Institute wins recognition from Federal Lab Consortium for its commercialization and accelerator programs

Our member the Griffiss Institute, a NYS certified business incubator at Griffiss Business and Technology Park on the site of the former Rome Air Force Base, has received two awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC).

The awards from the FLC northeast regional meeting generally recognize Griffiss Institute for commercialization of technology from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate, a federal lab whose national headquarters are at the business park in Rome. 

One award went to Griffiss Institute for its overall technology-transfer program and a second to Mike McCoy, who last year started the Griffiss Institute's Commercialization Academy, an accelerator-like program that pairs entrepreneurial students with commercial opportunities emerging from information research under way at the AFRL Information Directorate. For coverage of the "demo day" held for the the 2015 cohort of Commercialization Academy teams, see this news release

Jobs: VP for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at CenterState CEO

The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), CNY's business-leadership council, is searching for a vice president for innovation & entrepreneurship. The position oversees our founding member The Tech Garden and all its associated programming including the NYSERDA-supported Cleantech Center and several accelerator-like and financing programs.

The new hire will replace Seth Mulligan, currently a member of the BIA/NYS board of directors, who is joining a Syracuse-based startup. Good luck, Seth! If you are interested in the position, please follow the first link above for a job announcement. 

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. 

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