Latest News About Business Incubators and Accelerators From Across New York State
October 2021 NYS Incubator Report
The BIANYS Board of Directors is made up of 9 incubator professionals from within our membership. Every year, three of the Board positions are up for election at the Annual Meeting. This year's meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2021-online.

Any member can nominate someone to serve on the Board of Directors or they can nominate themselves.

All nominations for the Board slate are subject to approval by the nominating committee.

Please find the nomination form here: Nomination Form
Governor Hochul Announces Expanded NY-Sun Program to Achieve at Least 10 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2030

On the first day of Climate Week 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a call for the expansion of the highly successful NY-Sun program to achieve an expanded goal of at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar installed by 2030. Expanding the program is expected to help bolster the State's economic recovery following Covid-19 with the creation of an additional 6,000 solar jobs beyond the 12,000 that now exist across the state, a portion of which will be ongoing operations and maintenance jobs which will remain throughout the 25+ year project lifespans. The program expansion will also deliver at least 35 percent of the benefits from the investments to disadvantaged communities and low- to moderate-income New Yorkers. Increasing solar energy capacity statewide will rapidly accelerate progress to exceed New York's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal for 70 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 on the path to a zero-emission grid.
The Albany Innovation Ecosystem at a Glance

The place to start for anyone who wants an introduction to tech and startups in the Capital Region — or simply needs a refresher
This "ecosystem at a glance" guide details the businesses, people, investors, schools, nonprofits and more that make up the foundation of the region's innovation economy.

From video games to new meat alternatives, here's your crash course in Albany innovation.
Business Bootcamp
to Help Budding Entrepreneurs

IgniteU has partnered with the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) to host a six-week Business Bootcamp beginning Oct. 12. The program will be held at NYSTEC headquarters in Rome, but will also offer a virtual option.

The Business Bootcamp will be open to businesses in 14 counties in New York — Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington — and is open to companies of any stage of development, from ideation to operational.

Apply Here

Entrepreneurship expert Johan Klarin selected to lead university incubator
RIT Names New Director of Venture Creations Tech Business Incubator
Venture Creations technology business incubator has named entrepreneurship expert Johan Klarin as its new director.

Klarin comes to Venture Creations from Columbia University, where he served as manager of the NYSERDA-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, assisting clean-tech startups in New York state. Prior to that, he was managing director of Viaduct Inc., a consulting company focused on Western New York startups, out of Buffalo, N.Y.
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Venture Fest Fall ‘21 is designed to bring together the broad Hudson Valley entrepreneur ecosystem including entrepreneurs (high growth startups and growth oriented small businesses), investors, services providers and educators
Wednesday, October 13, SUNY New Paltz
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IncubatorWorks Alfred Welcomes New Community Manager

IncubatorWorks welcomes Kimberly Barres as the Community Manager for its Alfred incubator serving Allegany County.
Barres will work collaboratively with Alfred State College, Alfred University and Houghton College to encourage students to think entrepreneurially and assist with startups.

IncubatorWorks also works closely with the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency, Accord and the Western New York Incubator Network.
Urban Future Lab:
Prize Competition Awards Three $50,000 Prizes

Future Environments and Future Vision Prize winners took home $50K and admittance to the city’s longest running cleantech incubator.

Participants were challenged to address climate change by developing productive and equitable solutions for smart cities; utility solutions for a digital, decentralized, and decarbonized grid; renewable energy sources; green transportation methods; ways to boost the energy efficiency of buildings; waste management solutions leading to a circular economy; and other such innovations.

For the first time ever, local organizations focused on climate justice submitted proposals for an additional prize that showcased transformative impacts.
Applications open for empowerST energy storage fellowship program:

This program supports the development of successful energy storage technologies and startups in New York State

Orchard management software startup Hectre wins global award

Koffman Incubator Accelerator Program participant develops successful app ConnectExpat

Fintech startup EMPEQ launches AI-driven tool to revolutionize industrial site surveys

BIANYS has launched the first Cohort of the International Softlandings Program
We are thrilled with the participation by a number of our members in this year's cohort. We have found that the Softlandings Program along with the COVID19 Company Pivot Program has enabled BIANYS to build relationships with a number of legacy companies in a variety of the major industries in New York State.

In addition to bringing the companies in the cohort through the Business Model Canvass process, BIANYS members have helped the companies connect with companies and potential customers across New York State as part of their customer discovery process.

If you have not had a chance to get involved with the Softlandings Program but would still like to, we have two weeks left of programming. And we can still help the companies for the next three months with additional customer discovery. Just email or call the office to get involved. Thanks!
BIANYS teams up with NYS EDC, NYS ESD, CEBIP and the SHIFTGROUP to provide a SWOT analysis and mentorship on the potential Post COVID19 Pivot for legacy Businesses
Following up on our very successful Innovate to Ventilate program that was launched last year to help commercialize products and services to help with the COVID19 crisis, BIANYS was tasked with following up on that program for legacy businesses affected by the long term economic effects of the pandemic.

As we prepared to launch our program we noticed a similar program launching at the same time on Long Island by CEBIP and the SHIFTGROUP, we decided to merge the two programs together to provide the best and most efficient services possible.

This is a good model that BIANYS tries to accomplish in other instances where we help syndicate local or regional programming that we see a statewide need for.

A total of seven companies made there way through the first cohort and we will be launching an application for our next cohort later this month.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or have ideas about other programs your delivering at the Regional level that others should be aware of, please call or email our office.

Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) was allocated $3 billion to support bottom-up economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

The following funding opportunities are accepting applications now and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadlines vary and organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as there is no guarantee funds will be available by the deadlines posted. 

ARPA Overview Webinar Available HERE

As you can see, after an extensive discussion with the Host Committee for our Annual Meeting, our Board, and our membership, BIANYS has decided to go all virtual again this year for our Annual Meeting.

We will be pushing our planned in person meeting back one year, New York City will now be in June of 2022, and Binghamton will be June of 2023.

Please join us this December 1st, online, where we promise to share with you some of the most exciting programming you have seen to date regarding the startup innovation ecosystem here in New York, and we will share lessons on best practices in incubating startups.
Promoting Tech Innovation in Upstate New York

October 28, 2021  
8:30am– 3:00 pm

Oct 6 | The Future of Patient Care in Mood Disorders REGISTER
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen Research & Development will bring together a panel of leading neuroscience experts with the aim to uncover the science behind mood disorders.
Oct 20 | Accelerating Innovation in Orthopaedics REGISTER
Join us in this webinar where global leaders from the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies will share their vision for orthopaedic care across several strategic platforms.
Oct 25 | Power Surge: Spark Your Company’s Growth with BLUE KNIGHT™ REGISTER
Join us for a discussion with BLUE KNIGHT™ leadership to learn more about Blue Knight, the initiative’s areas of interest, and what the application process entails.
Oct 28 | Start at the End: Thinking Commercial during Discovery and Development REGISTER
During this panel discussion, hear from different stakeholders on how the Target Product Profile (TPP) could help startups and their collaborators stay focused and aligned.
DUE OCT 15 | Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies APPLY ›
To inspire innovators to bring potentially groundbreaking unit dose packaging options to the market – with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, non-reclosable designs - Johnson & Johnson Innovation together with the packaging innovation team within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. is launching the Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies.
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