Regional innovation events


Get connected with the regional innovation ecosystem through these opportunities to learn locally.  Below is a list, compiled by the CNYBAC, of excellent upcoming events in the larger Interstate 90 – Interstate 81 innovation corridor that includes Syracuse-Rochester-Ithaca-Binghamton-Albany.
UNY I-Corps Node Regional Short Course:
Registration required:
In this free, 2-week I-Corps short course, STEM field researchers and student entrepreneurs learn how to “get out of the building” and learn from potential customers. Their goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizeable market opportunity.  In addition to providing entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their current or future research to solve real-life challenges. 

The interactive course begins with an in-person kickoff workshop (two half-days) where teams learn how to:

– Identify their top customer segments
Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each segment
Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs

Course Locations/Dates:

– Cornell Tech NYC:  September 13-27
– Rochester Institute of Technology (A&IT):  September 20-October 4
– Cornell University & Ithaca College:  September 20 – October 4
– Cornell University:  October 4 – 18
– Syracuse University:  October 11 – 25
– University at Albany: October 18-November 1
– University of Rochester:  October 25-November 8
– Binghamton University/Cornell University Clean Tech:  October 26-November 9
– Binghamton University: November 1-23

SBIR Road Tour, September 17, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Zen Building, Albany, NY
Registration: SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.  The Albany SBA SBIR Road Tour stop in Albany, NY will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,000 new awards annually and to meet one-on-one with program decision makers. Local innovation supporters in communities who have historically underutilized the opportunities provided through the SBIR/STTR programs have invited representatives of America’s Largest Seed Fund to engage the small advanced technology community, including women and minority-owned research and development businesses.
Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp, October 3-4

CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY
Co-hosts:  Innovation Resource Center, Empire State Development and CNY Biotech Accelerator, Upstate Medical University

Registration and Agenda available soon.
Announcing Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Peter Boatwright, Director of Integrated Innovation Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Sessions include:  Business Model Canvas, IP, University Models Supporting Successful Commercialization, Manufacturing, Startup Company Journey, Business Development, Sales Channels and Funding Lifecycle.
Free Limited Exhibit Space Available, if interest contact:

New York State Innovation Summit, October 7-8, 2019
Location:  Rochester Convention Center, Rochester, NY
Conference Website/Registration: and NYSTAR invite you to join us for the New York State Innovation Summit on October 7-8, 2019 at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York. This multi-day event for NYS organizations that want to showcase and discover new and emerging technologies that support innovation and drive business growth. Whether you’re a startup, an economic developer, or an established manufacturer, the NYS Innovation Summit is for you.The 2019 New York State Innovation Summit will showcase companies and researchers at the forefront of emerging technologies and new advancements in production capabilities.  This event celebrates New York State leadership in technology-led economic growth with experts in biotechnology, new materials, energy innovation, and artificial intelligence that will explore current technology convergence opportunities, ways to accelerate commercialization, and issues of manufacturing sustainability.
Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart Projects with NY State Small Businesses
Application Deadline:  October 30, 2019 collaborations with Cornell experts and with matching funds from NY State, the JumpStart program helps NYS small businesses solve identifiable problems related to materials.  The award program provides:  A semester-long project that utilizes Cornell University resources; Up to $5,000 in NYSTAR funding and An opportunity to build a relationship with university faculty and staff.  JumpStart projects may involve up to $15,000 in project costs apportioned as 33% CCMR-NYSTAR funds, 33% company cash, and 33% company non-cash contributions (such as employee time, materials, travel expenses, and other expenses).
NEXT Innovation Conference, November 8, 2019
Nicolas J. Pirro Convention Center, Syracuse, NY