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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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BIA/NYS convenes 2014 annual meeting at Stony Brook

photoWatson and Ridley of NYSTARphoto

Our 2014 annual meeting attracted 65 leaders in incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship from around the state to SUNY's Stony Brook University, home to the flagship Long Island High Technology Incubator, the Calverton Business Incubator, the NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Business Incubation Program, and incubation spaces in the state-backed wireless and advanced energy centers at the university's R&D Park. 

Welcome remarks were given by Dr. Yacov Shamash, the university's dean of engineering and vice president for economic development. Featured remarks were also offered by:

  • Matthew Watson and Michael Ridley of Empire State Development Corporation's NYSTAR division, which manages among other programs the NYS Innovation Hot Spot and Certified Incubator programs which our members have been very succesful at competing for; 
  • Bob Herz, deputy chief of staff to state Senator Maritn Golden, on activities of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship;
  • Christopher Reim, managing director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and managing director of the Innovate NY Seed Fund;

A featured panel discussion on crowd "resourcing" (funding and sourcing) was moderated by Laura Mann, executive director of FuzeHub, and included the following panelists:

  • Jim Allen, consultant to Shapeways;
  • John Dimatos, Kickstarter;
  • Kate Drane, Indiegogo;
  • Haytham Elhawary, CUNY Zahn Center;
  • Lou Walcer, Cornell McGovern Center.
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Harrison Place turns a corner, ready to serve WNY Innovation Hot Spot as incubator for 'makers' and manufacturing companies

Harrison Place, an industrial re-use project operated as an incubator-like facility by our member Mancuso Business Development Group, has turned a financial corner according to coverage in the Buffalo News.

With the move-in of 100 jobs from high-tech instrument manufacturer Trek, the multi-building complex owend by the City of Lockport development agency and managed by Mancuso Group turned cash-flow positive.

The News quotes B. Thomas Mancuso, company CEO and member of our association's board of directors, as noting that Harrison Place will be the only member of the state-designated Western New York regional Innovation Hot Spot capable of accommodating manufacturing tenants.

Capital New York visits Radiator Labs at the NYC ACRE clean-energy incubator

Radiator Labs, which uses an insulating "cozy" and smart thermostatic controls to get better efficiency from the classic steam radiator often used to heat older housing units, was visited recently by the news site Capital New York.

Cofounded by a former Columbia University graduate student, Radiator Labs is a tenant/client of the NYC ACRE clean-energy incubator that's operated with support from NYSERDA by our member NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Radiator Labs has also received assistance from our member ITAC, in sourcing in-state suppliers for the insulating blanket used in the product. Full story here.

Success stories from our Rochester members HTR and RIT Venture Creations

High Tech Rochester's two business incubators and Rochester Institute of Technology's Venture Creations incubator, which already collaborate on the Rochester Regional Business Plan Competition, are now more closely coordinated than ever through a NYS-funded regional Innovation Hot Spot co-led by HTR and RIT. Both incubator programs recently released waves of news:

  • The first, second, and third place winners of the Rochester Regional Business Plan Competiton (Ovitz Corporation, Advanced Quantum Imaging, and RWP Energy) will receive in addition to cash prizes free incubation services from HTR.
  • One of the two runners-up, IMSWorkX, Inc., is already a tenant/client of RIT's Venture Creations incubator and will receive additional in-kind services as it advances its platform for IP-based communications services.
  • The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle covered the work of Venture Creations tenant Darkwind Media Ltd., which is one of the early game developers for Microsoft's Xbox One. Story and video here and news release here.
  • In a new series of detailed profiles, HTR described the various ways in which it has helped tenant Koning Corporation accelerate the development of its new diagnostic for early detection of breast cancer. Profile here.
  • HTR and Governor Cuomo also jointly announced the winners of seed awards through the NEXUS-NY proof of concept center funded at HTR by NYSERDA. These $55,000 awards combined with business mentoring amount to a pre-incubation program for clean energy entrepreneurs and early-stage clean-energy technologies emerging from upstate universities (including in the first round RIT, Cornell, SUNY ESF, RPI, and SUNY Albany).
  • (UPDATE)
  • Among the winners was Hydratics, a tenant-client of RIT Venture Creations that is pursuing low-power desalination technology. For more, see a news story.
  • WROC-TV 8 visited ClearCove Systems, an energy-from-wastewater company also incubating at Venture Creations and testing at municipal waste systems in Ithaca and Albany. 

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