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Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties

Clarkson celebrates expansion of incubator programs to additional building sites & a graduation

Clarkson University, which operates the Peyton Hall business incubator, held groundbreaking ceremonies for additional incubator space in nearby Damon Hall and at Old Main, the old administration building at the heart of the university's former campus in downtown Potsdam:

A separate university news release also profiles The Robot Zone, a student-initiated business focusing on STEM education that has now graduated from the Peyton Hall incubator and operates from commercial space on Main Street. 

Clarkson connects Peyton Hall incubator companies to McKinsey/NYPA economic development strategy for North Country

The Peyton Hall Incubator at Clarkson University highlighted several of its 34 resident firms during a recent tour for St. Lawerence County officials, timed to coincide with release of a regional economic-development strategy commssioned from McKinsey by the New York Power Authority.

According to news coverage in the Watertown Daily Times and North Country Now, Peyton Hall tenants have raised $10 million in private capital. The Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson supports not only the incubator in downtown Potsdam, but a network of five satellite locations across the North Country region, through a state-designated Innovation Hot Spot.

 

BIA/NYS board adds three new members

The board of the Business Incubator Association of NYS has added three new members to fill vacancies. The new board members are:

The full board is listed here. Elections to the board are held at each annual members' meeting, but the board acts to fill vacancies directly when they occur during the year, usually due to a job change or promotion that results in a director no longer representing an incubator member of the association. Congratulations, Kathi, Matt, and Esther! 

 

Empire State Development makes formal awards to Hot Spots/Incubators

Commissioner Kenneth AdamsMatt WatsonMike Ridley

Thirteen of our member incubators were formally awarded status as Innovation Hot Spot leaders or NYS Certified Incubators, in a ceremony conducted in Albany by New York State Commissioner of Economic Development Kenneth Adams, ESDC/NYSTAR Division Director Matt Watson, and NYSTAR Director of Business Development Mike Ridley.

Here is a full gallery of photos from the awards ceremony. We will update this post when a formal news release is available. For more background on these programs, see our prior coverage. To determine if a member incubator leads or participates in an Innovation Hot Spot or holds Certified Incubator status, you can search our member database

Congratulations to our members, and good luck to those who will be competing in the downstate round of competition for Innovation Hot Spots coming up this spring. 

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