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April 2019 NYS Incubator Report

Annual Meeting
of NYS Incubators

June 10th and 11th
Syracuse, New York

Keynotes from:
David Rose of NY Angels
Chris Heivly- Tech Stars

Extensive Program to improve your operations and local ecosystem. Meet with emerging growth companies, investors, entrepreneurs.

FLASH SALE !!! UNTIL MAY 1st - early bird rates ended April 1st, but we are having a flash sale for our tickets until May 1st...- register here

Hotel rooms are blocked at discounted rate of $98.00 at The Genesee Grande, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, available until May 13. To reserve, ask for the BIANYS UM Biotech rate: 315-476-4212 or reserve here  

SBU Energy Expert Urges Congress to Invest in Energy Resilience Research to Maintain US Leadership in Innovation and Security

On Tuesday, March 19,  David Hamilton , Stony Brook University’s Executive Director for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program ( CEBIP ) and Director of Operations for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center ( AERTC ), met with Congressional staff in Washington, D.C., to discuss the importance of federal investments in energy resilience research.

2 BIANYS Members are running for the Board of Directors of InBIA!!!

As a testament to the talent of our membership, two members of BIANYS are running for the Board of Directors of InBIA. We are proud of both Esther Vargas and Charles Cornell for qualifying to run. InBIA members can vote for 5 out of 7 total candidates for the InBIA Board. If you are an InBIA member you should have received an emailed ballot. If you haven't, email Mary Ann Gulino at:

The Future Labs, Orrick Total Access, and Two Sigma Ventures once again come to the table to hold a mock negotiation

learn how to close your investment round 

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Two Sigma Ventures
Conversations around term sheets have always been behind closed doors and shrouded in secrecy. No more.

We bring together investor, founder, and lawyer in a live debate-style mock negotiation over an investment term sheet. Find out the weight each term carries for each side of the table and why. See what to hold on to until when. And come away understanding how to close a successful, respectful negotiation. 

BIANYS to host training for incubator managers at the E3 NYS Collegiate Business Plan Competition Conference in Albany

A number of economic development organizations throughout New York State have come together to help bring back the statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition on April 25th and 26th.To help add to the Conference BIANYS has agreed to hold one of its first modules in its new Education Program on April 25th.

Upstate Capital Association releases the first quarter deal report for upstate investments

Q1 2019 had ​52 transactions reported!

RPI Digital Game Development Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received nearly $300,000 in new grant funding from New York to support and expand the state’s digital game development sector. The Tech Valley Digital Gaming Hub at RPI specifically focuses on the greater Capital Region's digital gaming ecosystem and facilitates communication and collaboration between academic researchers, industry leaders, business incubators, and community partners. The increased funding from New York will advance efforts to increase the size and prominence of the New York State gaming industry. Since ESD first established the Digital Game Development Center program, the centers at RPI, New York University, and Rochester Institute of Technology have created and retained over 120 jobs, assisted in the development of more than 110 games, and have supported the licensing and publishing of 14 games. On April 27, RPI will host GameFest, an annual games festival that showcases student creativity and innovation in game design. More information is available  here
Governor Cuomo Announces $2B IBM Investment to Create Artificial Intelligence Hardware Center at SUNY Poly Albany Campus

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that IBM, a long-time anchor tenant at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany, plans to invest over $2 billion to grow its high-tech footprint at the campus and throughout New York State. This includes the establishment of an " AI Hardware Center " at SUNY Poly for artificial intelligence-focused computer chip research, development, prototyping, testing and simulation. Once established, the AI Hardware Center will be the nucleus of a new ecosystem of research and commercial partners, and further solidify the Capital Region's position as "Tech Valley" - a global hub for innovative research and development.  

Light and Sound Interactive Conference

LSI is the premier event for light and sound-based technologies in the emerging fields of cinema, music, gaming and interactive media, optics, photonics, imaging and, virtual and augmented reality. Scheduled speakers include representatives from from well-known companies including Facebook, Microsoft, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and The Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as demonstrations from Amazon, Bose, and Harmon to name a few. The event will take place in Rochester June 25-27. Register Here .

CNY Biotech Accelerator, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Medical Device Innovation Challenge -
Accepting Applications January 1 - May 31

MDIC is a 6-month program providing intensive mentorship to early stage biotech startup companies and is complemented by the Syracuse Innovation Connectors Funding Roadmap, the CNYBAC Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp, held in October, and the NEXT Innovation Conference hosted by The Innovation Law Center Syracuse University (SU) College of Law, The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering at Syracuse University, CNY biotech Accelerator and TDO which is held in November ( ). 

$1M Business Plan Competition for the Southern Tier opens application period for cleantech companies.

76West is an unparalleled competition sponsored by NYSERDA focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources from the U.S. and around the world to build clean energy businesses and jobs in New York State’s Southern Tier region. The competition offers $20 million in prize money and support services, including a $1 million top prize.

Manufacturing Grant Applications Open

The Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between companies and non-profit organizations in New York State that work with the manufacturing industry. 

Grant Rounds for 2019
Round 1 
Opens: February 1 | Deadline: February 28 | Awards Selected: April 

Round 2 
Opens: May 1 | Deadline: May 31 | Awards Selected: July 

Upcoming Events
BIANYS Launches its Education Program for Incubator Managers and Staff at this year's New York State Business Plan Competition

BIANYS is offering its first course Incubator Operations 101, the first part in a series of courses intended to help train the industry's staff within New York State..

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is hosting its Second Annual StartUp Summit

MAY 1st
8:30am - 5:00pm

The Southern Tier Startup Summit is a day-long celebration of entrepreneurial success in the region. The Summit brings together entrepreneurs, business professionals, founders, investors, and economic catalysts from all around. Attendees experience wide-ranging workshops, pitch events, networking, hear from keynote speakers and more!

Con Edison Energy Storage Day

Monday, May 6, 2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 Con Edison Learning Center
43-82 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City

Join experts from Con Edison, New York City, NYSERDA and the NYS Department of Public Service, as well as from throughout the energy storage industry to get important updates and hear firsthand about the opportunities for deploying energy storage in Con Edison’s territory. The agenda will consist of panel discussions, featured presentations and an interactive “Networking/Ask an Expert” session with State and utility staff at the end of the day.

Contact Ashley at  or 518-694-8474
Central NY Biotech Accelerator hosts free workshop on How to Build a Drug Discovery Company


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