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NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering & NYCEDC open Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn, new home for NYC ACRE and other activities

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (formerly NYU-Poly) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) officially opened the Urban Future Lab, a new space for business incubation and acceleration in downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center. 

The Urban Future Lab will house the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE), a NYSERDA-supported clean energy incubator run by our member NYU-Poly incubator programs, as well as aspects of the PowerBridge proof of concept center, a NYSERDA-sponsored commercialization project managed jointly by NYU-Poly, Columbia University and other regional institutions.

For more information, read the news release issued jointy by the university and the NYCEDC, the parallel announcement of sponsorship by ADT, and coverage in Crain's. Video after the break.

Separately, in its current newsletter, NYC ACRE reported that its tenant REGEN Energy Inc. closed a $7 million B round.

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Tech Garden anchor tenant Rounded gathers national recognition for Density

National recognition has been gathering for Density, a device that helps retailers measure foot traffic. Density was developed by Rounded, an anchor tenant of our supporting member The Tech Garden, in Syracuse.

According to a news release by Syracuse University's iSchool (where co-founder Andrew Farah earned a master's degree), the product was recognized as Best Enterprise Hardware device at February's LAUNCH festival in San Francisco. The company also was the subject of a profile by NBC News. Rounded describes itself as a digital agency and software laboratory.

Harlem Biospace wet-lab incubator joins BIA/NYS

Harlem Biospace, developed with support from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. Situated in a mixed-use zone of West Harlem close to CUNY City College and Columbia University but not owned by either one, Harlem Biospace was designed to serve up to 20 biotechnology, biomaterials, and medical-device/technology startups with work desks, wet-lab benches, and access to shared wet-laboratory resources.

The incubator seeks both university-affiliated and independent entrepreneurs as tenant/clients. The principal of Harlem Biospace is Dr. Sam Sia, a faculy member in biomedical engineering at Columbia who has a strong track record of entrepreneurship and startup formation. The facility is managed by Matt Owens. For more information, please see the collection of current news on the Harlem Biospace website and also the NYCEDC news release from last year. 

We warmly welcome Harlem Biospace to membership. It is our third new member this month.


thINCubator, serving student-initiated ventures in the Mohawk Valley, opens in Utica and joins BIA/NYS

thINCubator (the INC stands for "Innovative New Companies") has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member, our second addition this month. 

Based in historic Baggs Square West in downtown Utica, thINCubator is intended mainly to work with student entrepreneurial teams from the several colleges in the region, including Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and SUNY's Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNY IT). It will also consider residence by independent entrepreneurs. Initial support was provided by the MVCC Foundation, joined by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and others.

The program is built around not just space but intensive instruction by MVCC, coaching by a set of volunteer mentors being recruited now, regional meetups and hackathons, and other entrepreneurial support. thINCubator is led by John Liddy, who founded the Student Sandbox, a multi-college student incubator based at our member The Tech Garden in Syracuse.

For more information, see the links and social media available here and also news releases from MVCC. 

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