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John Liddy wins "campus connector" at Upstate Venture Ecosystems Awards

John Liddy, director of the Syracuse Student Sandbox, a regional multi-college student incubator hosted at our member The Tech Garden, won "campus connector" at the first Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards held by Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) and the Upstate Venture Association of NY (UVANY).

John also guides student programming at our member thINCubator in Utica, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot for the Mohawk Valley region, sponsored by SUNY's Mohawk Valley Community College. Congratulations, John!

For a complete list of winners of the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards, see UVC's announcement

Progress reports from several NYSERDA-supported clean energy incubators and innovation programs

The day preceding our 2015 annual meeting, our sponsor the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) convened its first-ever meeting of all the contractors in its incubator, proof-of-concept center, and other innovation programs. This session was followed by a coordinating meeting with the state-designated Innovation Hot Spots that hold contracts from the NYSTAR division of Empire State Development.

Many of these incubators, proof-of-concept centers, and related programs are operated by our members, or by sibling programs in the same parent organization. Below are download links to the presentations which we have received permission to post publicly. Reviewing these short documents is an an excellent way to understand their respective approaches and accomplishments.

The NYSERDA and NYSTAR contracts all make cost-effective use of existing incubator infrastructure and management, by adding staff and programs dedicated to the agencies' specific objectives. We are very pleased with our partnerships with NYSERDA and NYSTAR and thank the program managers at both entities. 


BIA/NYS convenes 2015 annual meeting in Ithaca

Our 2015 annual meeting, held this year at Cornell University in Ithaca, attracted a record 100 attendees from around the state — all people actively committed to innovation & entrepreneurship.

Ithaca is home to several incubators, a research and technology park, and the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot for the Southern Tier economic region, which is known as the Southern Tier Startup Alliance. Strong attendance was an outcome of coprogramming with the Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY), which held one of its regional meetings the night before in downtown Ithaca, and NYSERDA and NYSTAR, which held contractor meetings with various NYS-supported incubator programs. 

Our featured lunch speaker was Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The OIE's Regional Innovation Strategies program has recently made three significant grants to New York State incubators, and the office also coordinates multi-agency initiatives across the federal government. Read more