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Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Tompkins, and Oswego counties.

Tech Garden searching for new innovation specialist, providing high-level business-development assistance to tenants and other clients

Our supporting member The Tech Garden is searching for a new Innovation Specialist to provide high-level business development assistance to tenants and other clients of the incubator's innovation, technology and entrepreneurship programs. At the same time, the Tech Garden is also searching for an administrative assistant.

The Tech Garden also houses and manages the NYSERDA-supported Cleantech Center clean-energy incubator, among other programs aimed at startups. For details and instructions on how to apply, please see the two attached job descriptions. 

Tech Garden anchor tenant Rounded gathers national recognition for Density

National recognition has been gathering for Density, a device that helps retailers measure foot traffic. Density was developed by Rounded, an anchor tenant of our supporting member The Tech Garden, in Syracuse.

According to a news release by Syracuse University's iSchool (where co-founder Andrew Farah earned a master's degree), the product was recognized as Best Enterprise Hardware device at February's LAUNCH festival in San Francisco. The company also was the subject of a profile by NBC News. Rounded describes itself as a digital agency and software laboratory.

New York State's designation of 'Innovation Hot Spots' and 'Certified Incubators' favored BIA/NYS members with solid histories of accomplishment and well designed operating plans

Our member incubators with strong track records and plans for the future dominated Empire State Development Corporation's awards of "Innovation Hot Spots" and "Certified NYS Incubators." These awards were made under New York State's Regional Economic Development Council process, and recently announced by Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders. Source for all awards is here.

The following awards were made to our members for "Innovation Hot Spots," which will receive support from ESDC for delivery of business incubation services according to best practices and which will also be able to offer certain tax advantages to tenant companies:

Five more Hot Spots are expected to be named over the next year.

The following awards were made to our members for "Certified NYS Incubators," which will receive support from the state for delivery of business-incubation services according to best-practice standards: 

Several of our member awardees in both categories also operate clean-energy business incubators on contracts from NYSERDA, the state's energy R&D agency.

We congratulate all our winners and hope the state will be able to finance additional awards in the coming year. We are gratified to see an emphasis on best-practice incubation services rather than only new-facility construction, and support for regional collaboration. 

Additional awards were made to a new Queens Tech Incubator and a new incubator operated by Albany Nanotech/CNSE. We warmly invite both to consider joining our membership

UPDATE (12/16). Here is Empire State Development's official news release on the awards. 

UPDATE (2/2): further edits for clarity and accuracy. 

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Launch New York, a new upstate venture development organization, joins BIA/NYS as our newest member

Launch New York, a nonprofit "venture development organization" that operates across 27 upstate counties as an incubator-without-walls also equipped with an investment fund, has joined BIA/NYS as our newest member.

Although the Launch New York program does not depend on a single location, it is collaborating with our member incubators and others, and it has taken the membership in the name of the Launch New York Space Center, a yet-to-be-announced facility.

Launch New York is also the custodian of the NYS-supported, Buffalo-based business-plan competition, believed to be the largest in the United States with a prize pool of $5 million and individual awards up to $1 million. We warmly welcome Launch New York to membership! 

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