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Submitted by admin on December 30, 2013 - 3:32pm
Three tenant/clients of the CUNY Zahn Center hardware incubator at City College of New York announced big wins:
- Keen Home was one of 10 startups accepted into the Techstars-affiliated R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator. Keen, which is developing connected devices for the home starting with an air vent, will receive up to $120,000 in funding from R/GA Ventures as well as space, support and prototyping services from the agency's designers and developers. More here.
- Blue Canary, which is working on exchange of contact information through bluetooth and social media, won first place and a $4,000 prize through the CUNY Entrepreneurial Concept Competition;
- Tanjin Panna, a cofounder of Gestherapy, was selected for participation in the ELabNYC entrepreneurship training and mentoring program sponsored by New York City Economic Development Corporation. Gestherapy is using virtual reality for "gestures-based" physical therapy.
Haytham Elhawary, director of the Zahn Center, is currently a member of our board of directors and is a mentor with the R/GA Accelerator.
New York State's designation of 'Innovation Hot Spots' and 'Certified Incubators' favored BIA/NYS members with solid histories of accomplishment and well designed operating plansSubmitted by admin on December 12, 2013 - 5:00pm
Our member incubators with strong track records and plans for the future dominated Empire State Development Corporation's awards of "Innovation Hot Spots" and "Certified NYS Incubators." These awards were made under New York State's Regional Economic Development Council process, and recently announced by Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders. Source for all awards is here.
The following awards were made to our members for "Innovation Hot Spots," which will receive support from ESDC for delivery of business incubation services according to best practices and which will also be able to offer certain tax advantages to tenant companies:
- in Western New York, a consortium led by our supporting member University at Buffalo (operator of the UB Technology and downtown Biosciences incubators) also involves our members SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, the BNMC Thomas Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, the Ceramics Corridor incubator at Alfred, Harrison Place, and SUNY's Buffalo State College.
- In the Finger Lakes, a consortium led by our supporting member High Tech Rochester (operator of Lennox Tech Enterprise Center and Rochester BioVenture Center) also involves another supporting member, RIT's Venture Creations incubator, and other resources in the region;
- In Central New York, a consortium is led by our supporting member The Tech Garden in Syracuse, a program of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity;
- In the North Country, a consortium is led by our member the Peyton Hall Incubator at Clarkson University's Shipley Center for Innovation in Potsdam;
- In the Southern Tier, a consortium led by our supporting member Cornell University (operator of the McGovern Center biotech incubator) will collaborate with Binghamton University (operator of the Start Up Suite incubator), Ithaca College, Tompkins County Community College, and Corning Inc. This project also received a $1 million capital grant for a new incubator facility in downtown Ithaca just off the Commons.
Five more Hot Spots are expected to be named over the next year.
The following awards were made to our members for "Certified NYS Incubators," which will receive support from the state for delivery of business-incubation services according to best-practice standards:
- RPI, operating of the Emerging Ventures Ecosystem and RPI Tech Park;
- Orange County Business Accelerator in New Windsor;
- Mohawk Valley EDGE, sponsor of our member the Griffiss Institute (which also received a $1 million capital award for expansion) in Rome;
- Hudson Valley Center for Innovation (aka iCANny);
- Stony Brook University incubator programs (multiple facilities, LIHTI and others);
- Downstate Technology Center, operator of the SUNY Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT in Brooklyn;
- NYU-Poly incubation program, operator of the Varick Street and DUMBO incubators in Manhattan and Brooklyn;
- The Technology Farm, aka the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, Ontario County.
Several of our member awardees in both categories also operate clean-energy business incubators on contracts from NYSERDA, the state's energy R&D agency.
We congratulate all our winners and hope the state will be able to finance additional awards in the coming year. We are gratified to see an emphasis on best-practice incubation services rather than only new-facility construction, and support for regional collaboration.
Additional awards were made to a new Queens Tech Incubator and a new incubator operated by Albany Nanotech/CNSE. We warmly invite both to consider joining our membership!
UPDATE (12/16). Here is Empire State Development's official news release on the awards.
UPDATE (2/2): further edits for clarity and accuracy.Read more
Submitted by admin on November 28, 2013 - 8:21am
Launch New York, a nonprofit "venture development organization" that operates across 27 upstate counties as an incubator-without-walls also equipped with an investment fund, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member.
Although the Launch New York program does not depend on a single location, it is collaborating with our member incubators and others, and it has taken the membership in the name of the Launch New York Space Center, a yet-to-be-announced facility.
Launch New York is also the custodian of the NYS-supported, Buffalo-based business-plan competition, believed to be the largest in the United States with a prize pool of $5 million and individual awards up to $1 million. We warmly welcome Launch New York to membership!
Incubator operator High Tech Rochester announces rollout of NYSERDA-sponsored Proof of Concept CenterSubmitted by admin on November 27, 2013 - 10:13pm
Our member High Tech Rochester, operator of two incubators, has recently announced a NYSERDA-supported proof of concept center that will make available up to $50,000 per team to help clean-energy inventors and technologists connect with an "entrerpeneurial lead" and, under the advice of highly skilled mentors, engage in the "lean startup" process to develop a testable business model and prototype products.
The program, called NEXUS-NY, is funded at $500,000 annually by NYSERDA and will support projects emerging from universities or independent entrpreneurs across upstate. A parallel program, PowerBridge, is co-led by our member the NYU-Poly incubation programs and, along with Columbia University, engages inventors at several research institutions in New York City and on Long Island. Both programs are expected to "feed" successful graduates to the affilated incubators.
HTR also recently announced that Ovitz, an early-stage venture built around technology developed at the University of Rochester's Flaum Eye Institute, won a $10,000 award from Excell Partners at the conclusion of the annual Pre-Seed Workshop hosted by HTR.