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Submitted by admin on November 27, 2013 - 9:57am
The Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., announces that its 2014 annual meeting will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Stony Brook.
Our annual meeting, which rotates around the state, returns to Long Island for the first time since 2008, and is again hosted by our supporting member the Stony Brook University incubator programs.
This is the singular statewide event where practitioners of innovation & entrepreneurship-based economic development meet to talk about incubation and related activities, along with critical partners from the government, university and private sectors.
Come join us to discuss what's happening in incubation on Long Island and statewide, as well as a panel we're assembling on critical implications of "crowd" for incubation, and a perspective on lessons learned in the first year of the Innovate NY Seed Fund. Sponsorships still available. We thank SUNY RF and GrowthWheel for being our first. Please hold the date and watch this space for updates on agenda, available in draft an attachment and at the registration site here.
A block of reduced-rate hotel rooms has been reserved at the on-campus Hilton Garden Inn, first-come, first-served. To register, go here. You can register for the meeting itself below (members and sponsors, please ask us for discount code).
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 plansSubmitted by admin on December 12, 2013 - 5:00pm
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:
- in Western New York, a consortium led by our supporting member University at Buffalo (operator of the UB Technology and downtown Biosciences incubators) also involves our members SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, the BNMC Thomas Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, the Ceramics Corridor incubator at Alfred, Harrison Place, and SUNY's Buffalo State College.
- In the Finger Lakes, a consortium led by our supporting member High Tech Rochester (operator of Lennox Tech Enterprise Center and Rochester BioVenture Center) also involves another supporting member, RIT's Venture Creations incubator, and other resources in the region;
- In Central New York, a consortium is led by our supporting member The Tech Garden in Syracuse, a program of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity;
- In the North Country, a consortium is led by our member the Peyton Hall Incubator at Clarkson University's Shipley Center for Innovation in Potsdam;
- In the Southern Tier, a consortium led by our supporting member Cornell University (operator of the McGovern Center biotech incubator) will collaborate with Binghamton University (operator of the Start Up Suite incubator), Ithaca College, Tompkins County Community College, and Corning Inc. This project also received a $1 million capital grant for a new incubator facility in downtown Ithaca just off the Commons.
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:
- RPI, operating of the Emerging Ventures Ecosystem and RPI Tech Park;
- Orange County Business Accelerator in New Windsor;
- Mohawk Valley EDGE, sponsor of our member the Griffiss Institute (which also received a $1 million capital award for expansion) in Rome;
- Hudson Valley Center for Innovation (aka iCANny);
- Stony Brook University incubator programs (multiple facilities, LIHTI and others);
- Downstate Technology Center, operator of the SUNY Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT in Brooklyn;
- NYU-Poly incubation program, operator of the Varick Street and DUMBO incubators in Manhattan and Brooklyn;
- The Technology Farm, aka the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, Ontario County.
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.Read more
State Senate committee hearings on video gaming and cybersecurity industries focus on our member incubatorsSubmitted by admin on October 30, 2013 - 9:18am
In a series of hearings around the state, the new state Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship chaired by Sen. Martin Golden (R,C,I - Brooklyn) is touching several of our member incubators.
In its first set of hearings on the video-game industry, the committee held:
- a downstate session at NYU-Poly — where the panel of witnesses included Micah Kotch, director of our member NYU-Poly's incubator programs;
- an upstate session at Rochester Institute of Technology — where the panel included founders of Darkwind Media, a game-development company founded at our member the Venture Creations incubator at RIT.
Video records of the testimony are available at those links.
Submitted by admin on June 28, 2013 - 9:59pm
Incubator tenant/clients from our SUNY-affiliated members statewide were among those companies presenting at the first New York Innovation Showcase, cosponsored by the Research Foundation for SUNY and Empire State Development. The showcase was held at SUNY's Levin Institute in Manhattan.
The showcase was designed to spotlight for NYC-based investors those companies that are licensing technology from SUNY RF, clients of SUNY-affiliated incubators, or seed-stage investees in ESDC's Innovate NY Seed Fund program. Among the presenters connected with our members were:
- CNY Biotechnology Accelerator: Zinnia Safety Systems
- Stony Brook University's Long Island High Technology Incubator: Alpha-1 Biologics Corporation and Codagenix
- Stony Brook University's Calverton Incubator (and CEBIP clean-energy incubator): Graphene Laboratories
- Stony Brook University's NYSERDA-sponsored CEBIP clean-energy incubator: Bonded Energy Solutions and Solar Evolution
- SUNY Downstate Advanced Biotechnology Incubator: HistoWiz, Rgenix, and Bio-Signal Group
- SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubat