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NYC ACRE client HEVO wins $20k in Cleantech Open Northeast's regional competition

HEVO Power, a client of the NYSERDA-sponsored NYC ACRE clean-energy incubator operated by NYU-Poly, was one of four regional winners at the Cleantech Open Northeast business-plan contest. The developer of wireless charging stations for electric vehicles took a $20,000 prize and will advance to the $200,000 national competition. For more information, see NYC ACRE's November newsletter, the Cleantech Open news release, and previous coverage of HEVO on our website. 

New Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator launched by Pratt Institute, operator of the Pratt Design Incubator

BF+DA ribbon-cutting

Pratt Institute, sponsor of our member the Pratt Design Incubator, has announced a new facility called the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), based at the former Pfizer building in Brooklyn being redeveloped by Acumen Partners. At left, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz cuts a ceremonial ribbon, accompanied by state Senator Martin Golden, Pratt president Thomas Schutte, and other elected officials and dignitaries.

Intended to integrate with the Manhattan-based fashion, textile and apparel sectors, and with other design schools in the region and nationwide, the new accelerator will have space for design studios as well as low-run production and prototyping facilities.

For further information, see coverage of the BF+DA in the Wall Street Journal and watch our website for further news of the reconfiguration and expansion of Pratt's incubator programs. That article also mentions our other member incubator with design interests, NY Designs.

State Senate committee hearings on video gaming and cybersecurity industries focus on our member incubators

In a series of hearings around the state, the new state Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship chaired by Sen. Martin Golden (R,C,I - Brooklyn) is touching several of our member incubators.

In its first set of hearings on the video-game industry, the committee held:

Video records of the testimony are available at those links.

Next up is a joint session on the cybersecurity industry, which will be held at our member the Griffiss Institute incubator program, and involves several other committees.

McGovern Center incubator at Cornell's Ithaca campus will help ArcScan relaunch an ophthalmic diagnostic instrument developed at the Weill Medical College in NYC

A diagnostic instrument for ophthalmic surgeons developed originally at Cornell's Weill Medical College in New York City will be redesigned and relaunched with the assistance of our member McGovern Family Center for Venture Development, a life sciences incubator at the Ithaca campus.

Cornell's news release describes how ArcScan, a Colorado-based company, will create a new business plan and raise capital for the redesigned system with the help of Lou Walcer, director of the McGovern Center.