DIEMlife Seeking Local Businesses and Customers to Participate
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the application window is now open for the fifth round of GENIUS NY– the world’s largest business accelerator competition focused on unmanned systems.
This month The Tech Garden welcomed five new members. These members have access to business resources, free events, mentors and funding opportunities.
Clonan Leaves Strong Foundation of Programs to Support Entrepreneurs
The Tech Garden has new leadership after Rick Clonan, CenterState CEO vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship, recently stepped down from his role with the organization to pursue his own startup venture. Members of the portfolio staff will jointly lead operations and programing of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship portfolio: Caitlin Moriarty, Tech Garden director of operations; Jeannine Rogers, Tech Garden director of programs; Kara Jones, Tech Garden director of communications; and Jeff Fuchsberg, director of GENIUS NY.
On December 9 online, for the first time, the Upstate Capital Association of New York is hosting the Venture NY Series A Showcase in partnership with 43North, GENIUS NY, 76West, Grow-NY and Luminate. Featuring some of the fastest-growing startups from across New York, this event includes investor pitches and opportunities for group and 1-1 networking. Venture NY is taking place in conjunction with Upstate Capital’s Annual Awards Celebration highlighting Upstate NY’s most exciting PE + M&A activity, and Venture + Growth investments, in 2020.
Today, CenterState CEO's Economic Champions event recognized nearly 300 local companies for driving the region’s economy forward through job creation, business expansions, investments in operations and more. The event also recognized the companies and people contributing to Central New York’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, those champions that have adapted, grown, innovated and persevered in the wake of this year’s profound challenges.
This month The Tech Garden welcomed three new members. These members now have access to business resources, free events, mentors and funding opportunities. Fotokite, the winner of GENIUS NY 2018, also recently expanded into another 1,000 sq. ft. space at The Tech Garden. Fotokite technology uses a tethered drone for public safety use.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Geopipe of New York City the winner of GENIUS NY’s $1 million grand prize. The GENIUS NY program is the world's largest business competition focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors. BotsAndUs from the United Kingdom, Droneseed from Seattle, Washington, Eget Liber from Syracuse, and Skyy Network from Australia were each awarded investments of $500,000. New York State has now invested $20 million in GENIUS NY over four rounds of the competition. The year-long business accelerator awarded a total of $3 million to the five finalist teams at its virtual finals event during which the five teams pitched their business plans to a panel of eight judges. Following the pitches, all five competitors were awarded one of five investments. The teams will use these investments to continue to accelerate their growth and expand their presence in the region.
This past summer The Tech Garden welcomed three new members. These members now have access to business resources, free events, mentors and funding opportunities. Tonquin, the "Uber" for auto-parts, also recently moved into a 500 sq. ft. space at The Tech Garden. Tonquin connects auto parts stores to the growing network of "gig drivers" in their area to deliver their parts using an online logistics dashboard. Tonquin reduces the cost and adds efficiency to stores that use traditional in-house methods of delivery to commercial customers.
New Age Renewable Energy Transforming Unusable Dairy Byproducts into Hand Sanitizer
What if that cup of yogurt or block of cheese you bought today also produced a key ingredient in hand sanitizer? It can. New Age Renewable Energy, operating under its trade name Cayuga Ingredients, is transforming unusable dairy byproduct destined for disposal facilities into hand sanitizer. Not only is Cayuga making products that keep communities across America safe, they’re also generating clean water and high-quality animal food, all from dairy waste. How? Through a sustainable innovative process created by co-founder Joe Van Groll, ten years in the making.