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BIA/NYS sets Friday, June 12th, for 2015 annual meeting in Ithaca

The Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc., announces that our 2015 annual meeting will be held on Friday, June 12th, in Ithaca. This is the first time our annual meeting has been held in the Southern Tier economic region. 

Our meeting is the singular statewide event where practitioners of innovation & entrepreneurship meet to talk about incubation and related activities, along with critical partners from the government, university, and private sectors.

We are co-hosted this year by our three member programs in Ithaca: Cornell University's McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences; the Cornell Business & Technology Park; and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a collaboration of Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins County Community College that is also the coordinator of the state-designated Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot. Our physical meeting site will be the ground-floor meeting room of Cornell University's Biotechnology Building

Come join us to discuss what's happening in incubation in the Southern Tier and statewide, including a panel on leveraging incubation facilities with the support of federal, state and local government programs, and updates from our partners at Empire State Development and the state Senate. About half the day is open to the public, with a short business meeting for members only in the afternoon, followed by tours for all of our member incubators.

Our lunch speaker is Ms. Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  OIE promotes and supports high-growth entrepreneurship; accelerates commercialization of federally funded research; works with other federal agencies and the White House to collaborate on policies and programs to support entrepreneurship and commercialization; supports the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which is chaired by the Secretary of Commerce; and leads the $15 million 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition.

As a bonus, we will be co-programming and co-promoting our annual meeting with the UVANY (the Upstate Venture Association of New York), which is planning a public event the night of June 11th. Reduced-rate admissions will be available on a reciprocal basis to attendees of each event for the other. 

We thank our meeting sponsors confirmed to date: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); the Research Foundation for SUNY; the Cornell Business and Technology Park (which is also a member); Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD); Cornell's Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, the university's biosciences incubator; and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYS EDC).

Please hold the date and watch this space for updates on agenda, confirmed speakers, additional sponsorships, and a registration site that will launch in January. 

A block of reduced-rate block hotel rooms has been reserved for Thursday and Friday nights at the Marriott Courtyard Ithaca, in the Cornell Business & Technology Park at Tompkins County Airport, a short ride from campus. In making reservations, please use the preceding customized link or call the hotel and cite meeting name BIANYS. Parking reserved in garage accessible off Campus Road, adjacent to the stadium. Signs will be in place.

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Latest batches of START-UP NY approvals include graduates and move-ins at our member incubators

The latest two batches of companies approved for the state's tax-free START-UP NY program once again include several firms either collocating with or graduating from our member incubators:

Sources: News releases dated March 4 and March 23 from the Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Our member incubators gain Innovation Hot Spot status and major capital awards in the state's fourth Regional Economic Development Council competition

Four of the five regions winning state-designated Innovation Hot Spots in the latest round of the Regional Economic Development Council competition went to our member incubators or consortia involving them. These awards carry the ability to grant certain tax-exemptions to qualifying incubator tenant/clients, and also $250,000 operating grants from the NYSTAR division of Empire State Development. For the full list of awards, see the booklet here. Here are the awards that involve our members:

  • In the Mohawk Valley, our member thINCubator, a project of SUNY's Mohawk Valley Community College, won the award;
  • In the Mid-Hudson Valley, our member BioInc@NYMC, a project of New York Medical College, won the award;
  • In the Capital Region, a consortium coordinated by SUNY Albany and also involving our members CEG Innovation Center and RPI Emerging Ventures Ecosystem won the award, and we expect the Hot Spot itself to join us as a member;
  • On Long Island, the Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI) at our member the SUNY Stony Brook Incubator Programs won the award; and
  • In New York City the award went to the CUNY Innovation Hub, which we expect shortly to join our membership ranks.

The REDC process also resulted in major capital awards to our members the Ceramics Corridor Innovation Centers ($300,000 for a manufacturing-oriented facility in Chemung County), and High Tech Rochester ($5 million for consolidation in downtown Rochester of its regional Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Cooperative). Here is some news coverage of that awards:

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo's news release, which describes the funding that will permit HTR's accelerator actitivites to occupy the top floor of the renovated former Sibley's department store; 
  • Coverage in the Rochester Business Journal, which adds detail on the facility: a 68,000 square-foot incbuator with space for both "tech" and biotech startups, a 100-seat auditorium, and a roof deck; and
  • News release and fact sheet from HTR itself, which also discuss plans for HTR's existing Lennox TEC incubator in Henrietta and the new incubator's connection to the growing Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone. 

Warmest congratulations to all our members who did well in the fourth REDC round, welcome to our planned new members, and thanks to the State of New York, the Governor, and the Legislature for renewed strong support of business incubation and related activities. 

Latest group of START-UP NY approvals includes several companies collocating with our member incubators

The latest batch of companies approved for tax-free status under the state's START-UP NY program includes several that will collocate with our member incubators. Several approved campus-based START-UP NY Zones include space inside incubator buildings. You can search our member database by this or other important attributes here. According to the latest announcement from Empire State Development, growing companies approved for tax-free status while residing at our member incubators include:

The news release does not specify physical location in every case, and it is possible that the number of collocations is actually higher than this.

We are proud of the role that our member incubators are playing in providing space and university connectivity to growing companies approved under the START-UP NY program. 

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