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BIA/NYS sets Friday, June 6th, for 2014 annual meeting in Stony Brook

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. We thank all our sponsors (logos below). 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 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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State Senate committee hearings on video gaming and cybersecurity industries focus on our member incubators

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:

Video records of the testimony are available at those links.

Next up is a joint session on the cybersecurity industry, which will be held at our member the Griffiss Institute incubator program, and involves several other committees.

Incubator tenant/clients featured at SUNY's first statewide Innovation Showcase

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:

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