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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! 

Finger Lakes Institute publishes review of activities at The Technology Farm incubator

Alexandra Smith, who formerly provideed entrepreneurial support at our member The Technology Farm, reviews some of the incubator's tenant/clients in a recent online newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

In her blog entry for the FLI, Alexi reviews tenants including Stony Brook WholeHearted Foods (culinary oils), Cheribundi (fruit juices dervied from tart cherries), and Vintrinsic, a software company serving the Finger Lakes region's winery industry.

Entrepreneurial support of the kind provided at The Technology Farm is financed in part by a Certified Business Incubator grant from the NYSTAR division of Empire State Development.  The Technology Farm, known formally as the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, is across the road from Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Stationi in Geneva, Ontario County. It also participates in the START-UP NY program. 

Pratt's Debera Johnson in Metropolis Magazine on the ideas behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

The current issue of Metropolis Magazine includes a piece by Debera Johnson, the founder and director of several related design incubation programs at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. In this piece, Deb focuses on the philosophy behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator set to open next month at the former Pfizer building. The article is here

Rochester paper interviews RIT Venture Creations director Bill Jones on upcoming tenant graduations

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper previews the upcoming graduation of two tenant/clients from RIT's Venture Creations incubator, in a story that also features an excellent interview with director Bill Jones. Among six companies scheduled to graduate are two featured in the article, BlackBox Biometrics and Darkwind Media

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