BIA/NYS convenes 2013 annual meeting in Syracuse

Some 65 members and guests were in attendance at the daylong 2013 Annual Meeting of BIA/NYS, held at The Tech Garden in Syracuse. The Tech Garden also hosts the NYSERDA-sponsored Cleantech Center incubator and a range of other business- and economic-development programs sponsored by the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterStateCEO). 

Welcome remarks were given by Robert Simpson, president of CenterStateCEO, and Hon. David Valesky, state Senator for the district of the Tech Garden and chairman of the state Senate Committee on Economic Development. Featured remarks were offered by:

  • Ed Reinfurt, of Empire State Development/NYSTAR, on the Innovation Hot Spot/NYS Business Incubator programs and the Governor’s proposed tax-free zones (presentation attached)
  • Clayton Besch, of Empire State Development/SBTIF, updating on the Innovate NY Seed Fund and alerting to future news on the Innovate NY Venture Capital Fund;
  • Bob Herz, deputy chief of staff to state Senator Martin Golden, on activities of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Timothy Killeen, president of SUNY RF and Vice Chancellor for Research, on the Innovation NY Network and other priorities of SUNY and the RF for SUNY (presentation attached). 

A featured panel discusssion on Student Entrepreneurship and Incubation was moderated by Dr. Anthony (Tony) Collins, president of Clarkson University, and included the following panelists:

  • John Liddy, representing the Syracuse Student Sandbox
  • Steve Kuyan, representing student entrepreneurship activities at NYU-Poly and its incubator programs (presentation attached)
  • Matt Draper, representing Clarkson University’s Young Innovators Program and Peyton Hall incubator
  • Mary Howard, representing the NYCEDC-sponsored E-labNYC program training graduate students and postdocs in NYC life-science institutions

The meeting also featured programmatic updates from our four member incubators in Central New York:

  • Seth Mulligan, representing The Tech Garden and Cleantech Center (presentation attached);
  • James (Hank) Watson, representing the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, a collaboration of SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (presentation attached); 
  • El-Java Abdul Qadir, representing Syracuse University’s South Side Innovation Center; and
  • Laura Welch, representing the incubator program at the CASE Center, the NYSTAR-sponsored Center for Advanced Technology at Syracuse University (presentation attached). 

Meeting sponsors included the Research Foundation for SUNY; Growth Wheel, the CASE Center incubation program, The Tech Garden, CNY BRC and SSIC (above).

The membership also confirmed four new memberships received or committed since the last annual meeting:

  • Fordham Foundry
  • Ceramics Corridor Innovation Centers
  • Cornell Business & Technology Park/Langmuir Lab
  • SUNY Oswego incubator programs

At the conclusion of the meeting, the members elected four persons to rotating vacancies on the board of directors:

  • Bob Kot, representing incubator programs at High Tech Rochester;
  • Micah Kotch, representing incubator programs at NYU-Poly;
  • Seth Mulligan, representing incubator programs at The Tech Garden;
  • Haytham Elhawary, representing the Zahn Center for Entrepreneurship at CUNY/CCNY.

The members also recognized with thanks two directors rtoatintg off the board this year:

  • James Senall, president of High Tech Rochester
  • Sara Garretson, president of ITAC

Minutes of the business meeting will be distributed to the members. Presentations and related materials are attached. 

At its organizational meeting, the board voted to raise dues in the association to $300 (from $250) at the basic level and to $1,000 (from $750) at the voluntary supporting level. We thank our members for their loyal support. 

Photo credits: Lynn Hughes.

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