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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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Southern Tier High Technology Incubator wins $7m grant from Empire State Development for design and construction

Empire State Development is providing a $7 million grant toward Phase I design and construction of the Southern Tier High Technology Incbuator, a new laboratory-equipped incubator facility planned for downtown Binghamton. This program is being developed under the oversight of our member Binghamton University, which operates the Start-Up Suite incubator program on its own campus.

The award from ESD recognizes that the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator has emerged as a priority project for the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. For more information, see the ESD news release

Two student teams with engineered biomedical products win pitch event for NYC high school students at Harlem Biospace

Vitalight and Euphoria, student businesses built around engineered biomedical products, were winners of the pitch event that concluded the intensive, six-week Hk Maker Lab program for NYC high school students held at Columbia University in partnership with our member Harlem Biospace.

The two teams will advance to incubation under mentorship at Harlem Biospace, according to the newsletter of Harlem Biospace's K-12 STEM Hypothekids program. For more information see the news release issued by incubator sponsor NYCEDC and coverage in DNAInfo

NYU announces addition of 3 incubator sites to START-UP NY zone; posts search for new director of innovation and entrepreneurship

NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering, which sponsors two incubators in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan, has announced that all three sites are approved as eligible under the state's START-UP NY zone program. The tax-free program is aimed at attracting somewhat larger companies that will complement the existing roster of startups at all three sites, which will eventually consolidate at 370 Jay Street at the school's main campus in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, see the university news release.

Separately, NYU has posted an announcement for a new director of innovation and entrepreneurship, to which the three incubator sites report. The new director replaces Micah Kotch who leaves the NYU Poly incubator program after five years, to join the state energy agency NYSERDA as director of the $40 milliion NY Prize in community microgrids and also the agency's strategic advisor for innovation. We wish Micah the very best and encourage all qualified applicants to apply for the position. 

Chautauqua County IDA and planning department will collocate staff with the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator/START-UP zone

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator will host one office of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), and also part of the county planning department. This collocation of economic-development functions in the northern part of the county is intended to advance the state-designated START-UP NY zone on which SUNY Fredonia cooperates with Jamestown Community College in the southern part of the county. The Fredonia incubator is also a partner in the Western New York Innovation Hot Spot. For more information, please see the university news release