Our 2014 annual meeting attracted 65 leaders in incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship from around the state to SUNY’s Stony Brook University, home to the flagship Long Island High Technology Incubator, the Calverton Business Incubator, the NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Business Incubation Program, and incubation spaces in the state-backed wireless and advanced energy centers at the university’s R&D Park.
Welcome remarks were given by Dr. Yacov Shamash, the university’s dean of engineering and vice president for economic development. Featured remarks were also offered by:
- Matthew Watson and Michael Ridley of Empire State Development Corporation’s NYSTAR division, which manages among other programs the NYS Innovation Hot Spot and Certified Incubator programs which our members have been very succesful at competing for;
- Bob Herz, deputy chief of staff to state Senator Martin Golden, on activities of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship;
- Christopher Reim, managing director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and managing director of the Innovate NY Seed Fund;
A featured panel discussion on crowd “resourcing” (funding and sourcing) was moderated by Laura Mann, executive director of FuzeHub, and included the following panelists:
- Jim Allen, consultant to Shapeways;
- John Dimatos, Kickstarter;
- Kate Drane, Indiegogo;
- Haytham Elhawary, CUNY Zahn Center;
- Lou Walcer, Cornell McGovern Center.
The meeting also featured programmatic updates from five components of the Long Island ecosystem:
- Anil Dhundale, overview of Stony Brook’s incubator programs and space, and the Long Island High Technology Incubator;
- Monique Gablenz, Stony Brook’s Calverton Business Incubator And Agriculture Consumer Science Center;
- David Hamilton, Stony Brook’s NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Business Incubator and space in the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center;
- Ann-Marie Scheidt, university director of economic development, on the university’s approved START-UP NY zone and its relationshiop to the incubator spaces;
- Greg Blyskal, Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at SUNY Farmingdale in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Meeting sponsors included the Research Foundation for SUNY; Applied DNA Sciences (an anchor tenant at Stony Brook’s LIHTI), Growth Wheel; Marshall & Sterling Insurance; the New York State Economic Development Council; and the Stony Brook University Office of Economic Development and Incubator Programs.
The membership also confirmed the following new memberships:
- Launch NY
- Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot/Downtown Ithaca Incubator
- thINCubator (Utica)
- Harlem Biospace
- Marist College incubation programs
At the conclusion of the meeting the members elected three persons to rotating vacancies on the board of directors:
- El-Java Williams Abdul-Qadir, representing the South Side Innovation Center at Syracuse University;
- Ann-Marie Scheidt, representing Stony Brook University Incubator Programs, and returning to the board after an absence;
- Patrick Whalen, representing the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center.
The members also recognized with thaks directors rotating off the board this year:
- Jeff Lawrence, CEG;
- B. Thomas Mancuso, Mancuso Business Development Group;
- Haytham Elhawary, CUNY Zahn Center.
Minutes of the business meeting will be distributed to the members. Presentations and related materials are attached.