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Tech Garden 10th anniversary: recap of media coverage

Our founding member The Tech Garden, which turned an abandoned parking garage in downtown Syracuse into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship for the entire Central New York Region, recently marked its 10th anniversary with a daylong celebration.

Events included a pitch contest managed by LaunchNY; a food-truck rodeo on streets surrounding The Tech Garden; a tour of the emerging "innovation district" (tech corridor) anchored by the incubator and its recent expansion into the AXA Towers; and a gala dinner. Here is a recap of media coverage:

  • the official news release from CenterState CEO, recognizing a range of partners and sponsors;
  • a highly praising editorial appearing on the Post Standard's syracuse.com website recognizing that "[b]eyond creating companies and jobs, The Tech Garden has created an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports startups and accelerates growth";
  • additional event coverage at public radio stations WAER (Syracuse), WSYR, and WRVO (Oswego);
  • a Tech Garden news release on the pitch contest, and special coverage by the Southern Tier Startup Alliance of the first prize awarded to Maidbot of Ithaca. 

As we have previously noted, the presence of The Tech Garden has helped aggregate for Central New York a series of entrepreneurial resources including a state-designated Innovation Hot Spot; a NYSERDA-sponsored clean-energy incubator (the Cleantech Center); a university technology commercialization fund financed by the NYS Innovation Venture Capital Fund; a pre-seed investment competition (the Germinator); an a state-funded business accelerator (GENIUS NY) focusing on data analytics. 

Among the 12 latest START-UP NY approvals, more locations at our member incubators

Among the 12 companies approved most recently for the START-UP NY tax-free zones, five will collocate with our member incubators:

For more information, see the news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. 

NYU announces state recognition of two companies incubated by NYC ACRE and other milestones

The incubator programs at NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering announced that two startups assisted by the NYSERDA-sponsored NYC ACRE incubator were selected for demonstration projects as part of New York State's energy-markets transformation initiative known as Reforming the Energy Vision.

They are Smarter Grid Solutions, which provides network management tools for distributed energy, and Sealed, which allows homeowners to monetize their investments in energy-efficiency upgrades. For more information, see NYU's news release.

In other milestones, NYU also announced the hiring of Pat Sapinsley as director of cleantech initiatives. She will oversee the NYC ACRE incubator and other related initiatives based at Brooklyn's Metro Tech Center.

Finally, the Varick Street and DUMBO incubator sites announced the entry of the following new startup companies into the program:

Wave-energy startup Brimes Energy profiled by InnovateLI

Brimes Energy, a wave-energy startup client at the NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University, was profiled at InnovateLI. The company, founded by a serial entrepreneur, has already received seed funding from angel investors and targets applications including desalination. 

A video interview by Long Island Business News with company CEO Ram Maramara is here and also embedded after the break. 

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