TTG resident member Solon Quinn Studios LLC has won four American Advertising Awards. The ADDY awards were presented on March 16 by the Rochester Ad Federation (RAF), which includes the Syracuse advertising market. Winners were selected by jurors in Washington, DC. Solon Quinn Studios has earned a total of 17 ADDYs in recent years, eight of them gold.
The Tech Garden recently welcomed two new companies as virtual members. Clarity Clinical Research and The Alvina Group are now taking advantage of TTG's programs, such as Hot Spot along with networking events and resources. Learn more about the companies below...
AutoModality Wins $1M Top Prize
GENIUS NY, a year-long a business accelerator, hosted its capstone 315 Finals event on Wednesday, March 15, awarding six finalist teams a total of $2.75 million in investments. The high-energy event featured teams pitching their business plans to a panel of judges and live audience, as well as a keynote presentation from Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.
“The GENIUS NY competition proves that Central New York is rising, creating well-paying jobs and generating economic opportunity across the region,” said Zemsky.
NUAIR Alliance, a New York based not-for-profit recently moved into The Tech Garden as expansion plans are currently underway. NUAIR is a coalition consisting of more than 100 private and public entities and academic institutions working together to operate and oversee Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test ranges in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. They manage Griffiss International Airport, one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States.
United States Army veterans Charles Preuss and Mark Costa incorporated their virtual reality company, Imajion, in October and took up residence at The Tech Garden in November. Preuss established Imajion by participating in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans - EBZ.
Pronounced \i ̆- mă - jē - on\, the company is a VR/AR software solutions operation that works with athletes, first responders and the U.S. Department of Defense. The company builds state-of-the-art assisted learning experiences in virtual reality, which improves learning in a controlled environment.
SportsXpress, Inc., North America’s leading community sports network with magazines, websites and events dedicated to local community sports, has launched its charter U.S. franchise at The Tech Garden. Central New York is the perfect location for the company, since the region possesses some of the most passionate sports fans in the country with large percentages of youths and adults participating in sport activities year round. There is also a strong business community that supports local sports activities.
GENIUS NY applications have officially closed and teams from around the world have submitted their technologies for consideration. GENIUS NY applications have officially closed and teams from around the world have submitted their technologies for consideration. More than 250 registrations were completed after a strong marketing effort to promote the program. More than 36,000 page views were tracked on www.geniusny.com, nearly 15 percent of those from foreign countries. The promotional video was viewed nearly 450,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and a successful social media campaign reached more than three million impressions. The promotion resulted in high quality applications that will now compete for $2.75 million in funding.
With roots at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden (TTG) in downtown Syracuse, Density, Inc., a company that helps businesses count and track customers, now has a business presence in San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C. Part of the original team remains at The Tech Garden but the company’s recent success has allowed it to expand to cities across the country.
Density incorporated in 2014 and is now 18 employees strong. It boasts $4 million in Series A funding led by UpFront Ventures, of Los Angeles, and continues to be a strong Tech Garden partner. The team is active in TTG events and takes advantage of TTG’s involvement in the New York State Hot Spot program.
GENIUS NY, a $2 million business accelerator based in Central New York, has increased the prize amounts it will award its competitors. Six companies will now receive at least $250,000, up from $175,000, for participating in the program. Grand prizes of $1 million, $600,000, and $400,000 will be awarded to the top three competitors, with additional opportunities for follow-on funding.
“We’re excited to raise the stakes for this competition and show our dedication to accelerating startups engaged in the unmanned systems, data-to-decision, and IoT space in Central New York,” said Jonathan Parry, Director of GENIUS NY. “Our awards make GENIUS NY the largest business competition for these specific industries, and a unique opportunity for companies that require a seed round to gain momentum.”