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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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Orange County Business Accelerator celebrates 8 graduates as part of 5-year anniversary

The Orange County Business Accelerator celebrated its eight graduates as part of a 5-year anniversary ceremony attended by County Executive Steve Neuhaus and former executive Edward Diana. Overall, the accelerator's 43 clients have created 125 jobs.

For more details and a photo see the accelerator's news release. Among the graduates celebrated were Continental Organics and Sabila Aloe Drink, both of which grew in the Accelerator on their way to taking large industrial space in the county. The accelerator is now a certified NYS incubator recognized by Empire State Development's NYSTAR division. 

Our university-based incubators and the first round of the state's START-UP NY tax-free zones

Our member incubators and research parks played roles in the first wave of approvals announced by Governor Cuomo under the START-UP NY tax-free program. In each case, we have at least one member incubator that has been heavily involved in preparing and guiding applications and may comprise part of the approved zone. Also in all cases, our members operate university-affiliated Innovation Hot Spots or Certified Incubators whose graduates will be eligible for consideration for entry into START-UP NY zones as if they were companies new to the state.

According to a news release from the Governor's office, companies were approved for benefits in tax-free zones at the University of Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Additional news releases can be found at the websites of the University at Buffalo, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Cornell University.


Technology Farm hires new executive director

The Technology Farm, an agtech research park situated in Geneva, has hired John Johnson as its new executive director, according to local news coverage in the Finger Lakes Times and Rochester Business Journal. A financial executive and investor, John replaces Susan Noble, who announced her retirement earlier in the year. We warmly welcome John and thank Susan for her leadership. 

The 72-acre Technology Farm is based across the road from Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and is known more formally as the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park. A multitenant incubator building is the park's first building, with others at various points in the planning and financing process.

UPDATE (6/30) — more coverage and appreciation for Susan Noble in the Democrat and Chronicle.

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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