Latest News About Business Incubators and Accelerators From Across New York State
JANUARY 2022 - NYS Incubator Report
Welcome to the January 2022 newsletter. It feels like more of an accomplishment to ring in the new year this go around! BIANYS is preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions in Albany and DC, be on the lookout for our Legislative Alerts. If there are any issues that you would like our Legislative Committee to consider within our advocacy programs, please let me know. Also if you are interested in becoming a part of our Legislative Committee, contact us.

Finally, BIANYS is going to work with a startup from within our membership, ClearMix, to create an explainer video on what BIANYS and our members do on a daily basis. We are looking for B-role for the video. If you have videos and or pictures that you think should be included in highlighting our ecosystem, please share them with me. ClearMix has a very interesting low-cost concept on video production for startups. We will share the details with all of you once our video is done.

Thanks. Here is to staying positive and testing negative!
Element 46 Concludes Incubator's 3rd Cohort with Inaugural Pitch
Members of the third cohort of Element 46, Westchester County’s premiere incubator program, recently participated in a Pitch Day with investors from Westchester Angels.

According to Director Deborah Novick, "Since our third cohort launched, members have refined and honed their concept to lay the foundation for optimal success. We look forward to seeing how they apply their learnings from Element 46 to advance their businesses."
Deborah Novick, Director
Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
Westchester County Office of Economic Development
CNYBAC @ Upstate Medical Receives
NYS Funding
NYS has granted CNYBAC at Upstate Medical University an award of $625,000, representing a renewal of its status as state-certified business incubator.

CNYBAC Director Kathi Durdon, said the renewal will continue support of:

  • The Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) mentorship program
  • Regional NYSTAR partner events
  • NEXT innovation conference and manufacturing workshop
  • CNYBAC’s virtual concept to commercialization monthly series
  • Stipends to Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University, whose students perform commercialization research for accepted MDIC teams and due-diligence reporting of applications
CNYBAC's Zetagen Awarded Phase II 
$2 Million Grant 
National Cancer Institute (NCI) awards Zetagen Therapeutics $2M to expand the development of ZetaMet for the treatment of metastatic bone cancer.  

According to Zetagen CEO Joe Loy, "A Phase II grant from any of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) divisions is rare and demonstrates the department's confidence in the company’s ability to develop our novel technology.
CEBIP's AMOGY Secures Amazon Investment
CEBIP Executive Director
David Hamilton
"Liquid Ammonia Could be the Fuel of the Future"
Brooklyn-based Amogy Inc., a developer of ammonia-based, emission-free power solutions, has landed an undisclosed investment from e-commerce giant Amazon. Amazon’s stake, announced in December, was made through the conglomerate’s $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund.

“By nature of our advanced vetting, CEBIP is bringing in companies that are geared for quicker success than some past companies,” said Director David Hamilton. And in investigating Amogy – founded by four Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhDs – Hamilton and his staff knew they had a winner.
NASA Launches
Partnership with NYIT's ETIC Incubator
NASA has contracted NYIT's College of Engineering and Computing Sciences to build “unique technology” prototypes based on NASA patents, and create “professional marketing materials” NASA can use to commercialize the new technologies.
The work will be done by students in the college’s Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Center, NYIT's innovative applied-sciences hub.

"The sky is the limit, in terms of potential opportunities for New York Tech students through this relationship,” according to ETIC Director Michael Nizich.
LaunchNY Receives $225,000 in Federal Funding The U.S. Treasury has awarded $225,000 to Launch NY to support investment and economic opportunities in the community.

The funding is part of a $16 million Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund nationwide.
LaunchNY Funds HVAC Startup's Move to Buffalo from N. Carolina
Breezi, an NC-based startup that has developed predictive maintenance technology for HVAC systems, will expand to Buffalo and set up up a pilot manufacturing site here.

Breezi is supported by a $100,000 Launch NY investment

BU was chosen from a pool of 529 applicants and will receive $500,000 to further develop their proposal to compete in Phase 2 of the Challenge, which will award 20-30 regional coalitions up to $100 million.

BU's selected $75M New Energy NY proposal seeks to establish a battery development hub in Upstate NY, to grow an energy storage cluster with national impact, built on a foundation of equity and environmental justice
During the recent Diversity In ClimateTech business accelerator, led by Chloe Capital and Cornell, five women-led climate tech companies were selected, based on their potential impact, to pitch and secure business deals.

COI Energy Founder & CEO, SaLisa Berrien, was recognized with a $200,000 investment. 
SaLisa Berrien
COI Energy Founder & CEO
Support Black Businesses 607 Accelerator Receives Grant
The Koffman Incubator’s Accelerator is bolstering Black businesses through programming based on the needs of participants. The first cohort of businesses/entrepreneurs hailed from the Support Black Businesses 607 Facebook group.
Your donation is a great opportunity for global visibility for both the NYBPC and its largest sponsors throughout the Techstars network
The Techstars Foundation has chosen NYBPC as one of only three programs globally that it will support in the first quarter of 2022.

Techstars will match 20% of every dollar raised by NYBPC by March 31, 2022, up to $25,000. The Techstars Foundation and the NYBPC share the same mission: to make innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible and inclusive.
NY Business Plan Competition
Statewide competition - 500+ competitors, 200+ teams, 60+ colleges & universities - since 2010
Over 30% MWBE participation in 2021
Over $150M+ economic impact including follow-on funding for 100+ startups
Innovative solutions → commercialization
From community colleges to ivy league schools, teams come from across the state to NYBPC to compete and win
Judges | Mentors Needed!
If you’d like to be a Judge or Mentor this year, please see the link, below. Please feel free to share the link with those who may be interested. Thank you!
Could Your Startup Use $1M?  
Now Accepting Applications
If you have a startup working on a technology or app that’s enabled by optics, photonics, or imaging, LUMINATE can help speed both your business and technology trajectory. The accelerator selects and funds companies to participate in its comprehensive, primarily virtual, six-month programming.
Participation Benefits Include:
· $100,000 plus a chance for up to $2M
·  Access to investors, industry experts, & advisory board
·  Mentoring, lab facilities, & tech support
Applications Now Open Until January 17, 2022
Space is limited for this highly competitive program
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JLABS - Applications & Opportunities
DUE JAN 14 Immunology Innovations: Precision Medicine in Immune-Mediated Disease
Innovators with transformative potential solutions to help or aim to advance precision medicine approaches in immune-mediated disease are invited to apply.
Nurses Innovate: Healthcare Transformation through Nurse-led Tech
Nurses/nursing students worldwide are invited to bring their experiences, ideas, and insights to help create tech-based solutions drive healthcare transformation.
Food Allergy Prevention QuickFire Challenge & Healthy Baby Initiative
Innovators are invited to submit novel methods, products, or technologies with the potential to prevent children from developing food allergy in the early years of their life.
EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.

Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.
$10,000 Grants for Small Businesses Available
Ready to Apply?
Attention Small Business Owners,

The Queens Chamber of Commerce invites you to apply for the NYC Pandemic Recovery Grant, which provides up to $10,000 to all NYC small businesses operating in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas.

We are excited to share details for the grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services. This new grant is designed to help NYC’s small businesses offset operational expenses to mitigate economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are for eligible small businesses in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas as defined below.
Please acknowledge the Queens Chamber of Commerce in the application as a referral and please notify the QCC after completing the application. .
CADE Winter Workshops 2022
For over 30 years CADE has been providing programming, workshops, webinars, and direct services to farm and food businesses across New York State. We welcome our farm and food community to join us in our upcoming workshops and webinars which are free and open to the public.
Register below and join CADE, and partners, in our journey together building a sustainable, collaborative, inclusive, transparent and innovative local food system.
The Westchester Innovation Network (WIN). The initiative will focus on convening thought leaders, planning futurists, innovators, government officials, and local organizations to strengthen the long-term innovation ecosystem in Westchester County.

Participant innovators will get:
  • Exposure to a large NY-metro audience of potential customers, partners, investors and more
  • Opportunity to test their innovation in a real-world setting with a group that is open to providing feedback and co-development; Participation in case studies
  • NY-based mentoring
  • Endorsement and PR from a leading business organization like the BCW; Showcase events and webinars
  • Hotel / T&E
  • Possible future incentives
Participation in the program is easy.  All you need to have them do is send an email to before January 28, 2022.  
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Rick Gardner to Lead UB’s Economic Development Efforts
Rick Gardner, a senior product development and management executive who oversees startup ventures at UB, will become the university's new associate vice president for economic development.

The appointment will be effective January 24. Gardner will replace Christina Orsi, who held the role for nearly seven years and was recently named president of the John R. Oishei Foundation.

With more than two decades of experience in the public, private, nonprofit and startup sectors, Gardner has been an innovator throughout his career. He holds 32 U.S. patents and has taken dozens of products to market.
Nine organizations have received monetary rewards as part of BPL's Incubator Pitch Competition, and will work to bring their new programs to branches across the borough.

The library launched BKLYN Incubator in 2015 to increase community input in library programming, and have since run eight rounds of funding and competition, awarding nearly $400,000 and starting dozens of successful programs from musical instrument lending libraries to a robotics club.
EDA Makes Initial Build Back Better Regional Challenge Awards
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced the phase I winners of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Each of the 60 awardees receive $500,000 to support their region and cluster — and begin the process of competing for one of the 20-30 phase II awards that can be up to $100 million each.
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