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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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RIT Venture Creations incubator graduates 5 fast-growings startups

The Venture Creations incubator at Rochester Institute of Technology held a group graduation ceremony, attended by U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-25th District). The ceremony honored the rapid growth of five companies that are now considered graduates of the RIT incubation program:

  • All Access LLC, a business-directory app, established 2012 and now employing 3 full time and 3 part-time;
  • BlackBox Biometrix, making blast-detection sensors for military and law-enforcement uses, established 2011 and now employing 23, 15 of them RIT graduates;
  • ClearCove Systems, with a new system for municipal wastewater, which has grown to 15 employees since entering the incubator in 2013;
  • Darkwind Media, a video game maker, founded 2007 and currently with 14 employees;
  • ThirtySix Software, with software to streamline office documents, founded 2009, currently 6 employees.

All Access and BlackBox have also employed RIT students as "co-ops" who receive paid internships under academic supervision for credit. 

For more information, see the university news release and the list of graduating companies.

PowerBridgeNY, a cleantech Proof of Concept Center, joins BIA/NYS

PowerBridgeNY, a proof-of-concept center sponsored by NYSERDA to commercialize cleantech inventions, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member. PowerBridgeNY was founded by Columbia University and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, and it sources new inventions from  those institutions as well as at the City University of New York, Cornell NYC Tech, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and SUNY's Stony Brook University.

The PowerBridgeNY program operates as a virtual or pre-incubator, stepping faculty/postgraduate teams through a series of educational and mentoring sessions designed to help them sharpen the business case for their inventions. Winning teams are allocated up to $150,000 each to support any combination of applied research, market research, prototype development and testing, and market development. By aggregating access to excellent research spanning six institutions, PowerBridgeNY has been able to attract a strong panel of judges from the venture community and raise visibiity for the winners. For more information on the process, see Governor Cuomo's news release on the first round of winners.

Although PowerBridgeNY is a "virtual" incubator, it operates out of both NYU SoE's Urban Future Lab in MetroTech Center and Columbia's Technology Transfer Office. MetroTech Center is also home to our member incubator the New York City Accelerator for Clean and Resilient Economy (ACRE), cosponsored by NYSERDA and NYCEDC. PowerBridgeNY is paralleled by NEXUS-NY, a proof-of-concept center serving upstate academic institutions and independent inventors, housed at our member High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center. The Proof of Concept Centers program and the incubator program both fit in a spectrum of programs sponsored by NYSERDA's Innovation and Business Development unit. 

The membership by PowerBridgeNY also represents a return to our membership ranks of Columbia University, NYU's partner in the initiative. We warmly welcome all the participating institutions in PowerBridgeNY to membership! 

Pratt's Debera Johnson in Metropolis Magazine on the ideas behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

The current issue of Metropolis Magazine includes a piece by Debera Johnson, the founder and director of several related design incubation programs at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. In this piece, Deb focuses on the philosophy behind the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator set to open next month at the former Pfizer building. The article is here

Adarza Biosystems, graduate of HTR's incubation programs, announces $6.8m financing round including Siemens corporate VC unit

Adarza Biosystems, a recent graduate of the incubation programs at High Tech Rochester, announced it has completed a $6.8 million Series A financing.  A University of Rochester spinoff, Adarza developes advanced biosensor assays, mainly for health applications. It received early support from HTR and Rochester Angel Network, which is managed by HTR president (and former BIA/NYS board chair) Jim Senall. The financing round included participation by St. Louis-based Cultivation Capital and the venture capital unit of the mulitnational firm Siemens. For more information, see the firm's news release