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April 2018 NYS Incubator Report

BIANYS' 2018 Annual Meeting Date June 18th and 19th
Rochester, New York

at the new Nextcorps Incubator at Sibley Square.


Assemblyman Robin Schimminger has introduced the Hotspot Fix Bill in the Assembly:

The highly successful hotspot incubator program has had a handful of unintended consequences once it was implemented, primarily the manner in which Empire State Development staff determined the original legislation had to be interpreted in dealing with Certified Incubators in New York State that initiated a hotspot program for their region. It was determined the companies within those Certified Incubators could not participate in the program, which was unintended and unworkable. BIANYS has worked with ESD, the Governor's Office, Senator Marty Golden's Office and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger's office to remedy this issue along with some cleanup language for the legislation.

Last month Senator Marty Golden introduced the bill in the Senate. And now Assemblyman Schimminger has introduced the companion bill in the Assembly (A10105). We are working to ensure this legislation becomes law this session!

For those members and companies that have been negatively impacted, we can use your help in advocating for the passage of this legislation. Email to get more info on how to help.

AERTC at Stony Brook University held its annual Advanced Energy Conference in NYC

It was great to see a number of our BIANYS members present at this conference. The conference has grown to attract industry players from across the globe. You could find some of the world's largest utilities, some of the most exciting start ups, investors and more coming together to network and discuss the future of the energy industry. The conference was so impressive it prompted the Brooklyn Borough President to dub Bob Catell (the Chairman Advanced Energy Research Center) as the Lebron James of Energy.

These 20 NYC Startups Raised the Most Amount of Capital During Q1 of 2018

Center for Entrepreneurship at Hofstra hosts annual Venture Challenge

Ten finalists – including eight solo acts and two team efforts – will square off for three top slots (and more than $70,000 in prizes and working capital) when the  2018 Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge  hosts its final showdown April 20.

Geneva Enterprise Development Center works with VISTA to address food access issues in their surrounding community

I ronically as Geneva gets to be known as a food hub through the Center of Excellence for Agriculture and Food and the area incubators that have spawned a number of successful food based startups, the impoverished areas surrounding these facilities have been labeled a food desert. The incubators are taking steps to address this issue

Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship announces Healthcare Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge program will solicit proposals for new products or services to address a community healthcare problem facing underserved areas in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley Region.

InBIA releases the IMPACT Index of over 200 Incubators worldwide

The IMPACT Index measures key economic impact metrics for incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces and other entrepreneurship centers in communities across the United States. Most of the participating organizations are relatively new, with 72% founded since 2000. The IMPACT Index also includes detailed data on program offerings, geographic distribution, and funding sources.

Troy Business Incubator Debuts new Tools for Entrepreneurs

New tools are available to entrepreneurs in Troy. The Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a business incubator, opened two new facilities Wednesday. The center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new manufacturing incubator and prototyping center.

NYIT - ETIC hosts CrossBorder Ecommerce seminar

The seminar will include a presentation on eCommerce sales channels for B2B and B2C followed by a panel discussion on logistics, digital marketing strategies, brand building for all industries, and sharing of best business practices.

The Entrepreneur Space Celebrates 7th Birthday

The Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator operated by the Queens Economic Development Corporation celebrated 7 Years of success by opening its doors to the community and enabling those who came to celebrate to sample some of the products from over 30 of its incubated companies.

PowerBridge NY announces this year's awardees 

PowerBridgeNY , a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)-sponsored proof-of-concept center established in 2013, leverages clean energy innovations that originate in university research labs to create new energy businesses in the state. Since its launch, the center has amassed a solid track record in identifying promising early-stage technologies and funding the translational work needed to get them out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Meet Saratoga's serial entrepreneur

He’s the CEO of  InFocus Brands , which teams up with other businesses to strategize, facilitate and deliver growth; the president of IFP Films; an entrepreneur in residence at Innovate 518 and the University at Albany Innovation Center; a professor at the Sage Colleges; and the managing director of a handful of funds.

BIANYS Sponsor Carter Deluca Farrell Schmidt LLP opines on Trademark Infringement

Infringing on a trademark can be costly as the responsible parties must typically pay damages to the trademark owner. Additionally, they will be forced to change their name, logo, or design, as well as any related marketing and advertising materials — also an expensive undertaking. Finally, as they try to rebrand their businesses, customers may be lost. This is why it is crucial to work with  skilled intellectual property attorneys  during the trademark selection and registration phases. This article is a brief discussion on the elements of trademark infringement.

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