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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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Agronomic Technology graduates from Cornell's McGovern Center incubator, following Series A financing

Agronomic Technology Corp., which sells Adapt-N software to help farmers model and optimize nitrogen fertilization, graduated from Cornell University's McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, according to a news release by the university. The company is the McGovern Center incubator's first formal gradaute, and a licensee of technology developed in the laboratory of Prof. Harold van Es. Cornell President David Skorton attended the graduation ceremony.

The company's Series A venture round last October included participation from two upstate firms — Cayuga Ventures of Ithaca and Armory Square Ventures of Syracuse — and a North Dakota Fund (Arthur Ventures) that brought deep expertise in agribusiness. More background here

 

Final 2014 round of START-UP NY approvals includes eight more incubator collocations

The last batch of companies approved during 2014 for tax-free status under the state's START-UP NY program again includes several growing, expanding, and relocating companies that will collocate with our member incubators. Several approved campus-based START-UP NY Zones include space inside incubator buildings. You can search our member database by this or other important attributes here. According to the latest announcement from Governor Cuomo, companies approved for tax-free status while residing at our member incubators include:

Our member incubators gain Innovation Hot Spot status and major capital awards in the state's fourth Regional Economic Development Council competition

Four of the five regions winning state-designated Innovation Hot Spots in the latest round of the Regional Economic Development Council competition went to our member incubators or consortia involving them. These awards carry the ability to grant certain tax-exemptions to qualifying incubator tenant/clients, and also $250,000 operating grants from the NYSTAR division of Empire State Development. For the full list of awards, see the booklet here. Here are the awards that involve our members:

  • In the Mohawk Valley, our member thINCubator, a project of SUNY's Mohawk Valley Community College, won the award;
  • In the Mid-Hudson Valley, our member BioInc@NYMC, a project of New York Medical College, won the award;
  • In the Capital Region, a consortium coordinated by SUNY Albany and also involving our members CEG Innovation Center and RPI Emerging Ventures Ecosystem won the award, and we expect the Hot Spot itself to join us as a member;
  • On Long Island, the Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI) at our member the SUNY Stony Brook Incubator Programs won the award; and
  • In New York City the award went to the CUNY Innovation Hub, which we expect shortly to join our membership ranks.

The REDC process also resulted in major capital awards to our members the Ceramics Corridor Innovation Centers ($300,000 for a manufacturing-oriented facility in Chemung County), and High Tech Rochester ($5 million for consolidation in downtown Rochester of its regional Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Cooperative). Here is some news coverage of that awards:

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo's news release, which describes the funding that will permit HTR's accelerator actitivites to occupy the top floor of the renovated former Sibley's department store; 
  • Coverage in the Rochester Business Journal, which adds detail on the facility: a 68,000 square-foot incbuator with space for both "tech" and biotech startups, a 100-seat auditorium, and a roof deck; and
  • News release and fact sheet from HTR itself, which also discuss plans for HTR's existing Lennox TEC incubator in Henrietta and the new incubator's connection to the growing Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone. 

Warmest congratulations to all our members who did well in the fourth REDC round, welcome to our planned new members, and thanks to the State of New York, the Governor, and the Legislature for renewed strong support of business incubation and related activities. 

Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator throws open doors to hundreds of guests, wide media attention

Our member the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, a project of the Pratt institute, held a grand opening attended by more than 500 guests, and gained wide attention by local and fashion-oriented media:

Created on the 7th floor of the building formerly occupied by Pfizer's Brooklyn manufacturing plant, which is being redeveloped to house a range of specialty-foods and other artisanal manufacturers, the BF+DA provides space and mentoring services for fashion entrepreneurs, as well as automated knitting machines that allow fashion startups to produce buyer samples on very rapid turnaround.