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The purposes of BIA/NYS, Inc., are:
  • to expand the resources available to start-up companies and to work with policy-makers on matters affecting the growth and development of incubator-based enterprises;
  • to promote through cooperation and on a broadly integrative basis the educational and entrepreneurial activities of incubators within the state; and
  • to establish a structure and ongoing process to network business incubators, incubating/incubated companies, and other interested parties.

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Three wins among hardware startups at CUNY Zahn Center

Three tenant/clients of the CUNY Zahn Center hardware incubator at City College of New York announced big wins:

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 plans

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:

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: 

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. 

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Launch New York, a new upstate venture development organization, joins BIA/NYS as our newest member

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 Center

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. 

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