#INTHENEWS: PEAK Neurophysiology Group (via UAlbany)

Innovate 518 and UAlbany Innovation Center company PEAK Neurophysiology Group, LLC gets featured on the UAlbany site. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (August 14, 2018) – Peak Neurophysiology Group, LLC, a startup based in Troy, N.Y., will offer hospitals in the Capital Region what it says is a safer way to perform neurosurgical procedures.
The company provides high-caliber clinicians that operate intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) equipment to assess a patient’s nervous system during high-risk procedures and to provide guidance to the surgical team.

Having an experienced clinician in the operating room could be the difference between a successful surgical outcome and permanent neurological injury to the patient, according to Michael Riley, founder and CEO of Peak Neuro Group. 

(via UAlbany News)

FIND THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.albany.edu/news/87871.php


Check out Innovation Hotspot Certified Company CampusPro on Spectrum News Thursday,  August 9th!


Sam Mere is making some sacrifices to help college students find side jobs.

"I’ve got a $20 food budget I shop on each week,” said Mere, founder of the new app CampusPro.

He holds down a part time retail job while working full time to get his app off the ground.

"I have been bootstrapping this whole time and you’ve got to make sacrifices as an entrepreneur,” said Mere, who graduated from UAlbany in 2016.

"We give college students the opportunity to turn their free time, skills and passion into cash."

The app connects college students who need services with classmates who can provide them.

"We have variety of different services, whether you need your haircut, you need your makeup [or] you need a photographer for your LinkedIn photos," said Mere.

You need a .edu email address to register. During a spring beta launch, the app had 200 users at UAlbany with 14 service providers in three categories: tutoring, person care and "other."

"We’ve seen a couple magicians magically, no pun intended, magically pop up on the platform,” Mere joked.

(via Spectrumlocalnews.com)

Great work Campus Pro!


Innovate 518 takes UAlbany EOP Students on Tour of Capital Region

With the fall semester approaching us, we are welcoming fresh, new faces and entrepreneur hopefuls on the University at Albany campus. This year, Innovate 518 partnered with the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) of UAlbany to take a group of perspective students interested in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation on a tour of the Capital Region to visit our partners. The EOP program is a 5-week program for college bound, undeserved youth preparing them for the college experience. This years group mostly hails from New York City, Long Island, and Mount Vernon.


Over the course of three weeks, Innovate 518 will take the students to Schenectady, Troy and Downtown Albany. Week one we visited Urban Co-Works and SEAT of Schenectady. Students sat and spoke to Jeff Goronkin (pictures below) , owner of Urban Co-Works and Weekly Buzz Solutions Marketing Firm. He shared with students how his past failures and obstacles helped him get to where his is now, the importance of proper branding, and how you can network using co-working spaces like his.


"Everybody was engaged and interested in entrepreneurship... I hope some students [from] here today will move forward, some of them are going to take it to the next level -- whether it's [with] their original ideas or another idea...they're motivated", says Jeff after sitting down with the group. Some of their ideas included redesigned hairbrushes, real estate and a french fry based restaurant.


The next stop was the Social Enterprise and Training Center (SEAT) where the group spoke to owner and community advocate Jennifer Lawrence about commercialization and her role in workforce development for the youth of Schenectady.


The following week Innovate 518 and the students visited the Troy Innovation Garage and the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy, NY. The students sat down with Holly Cargill-Cramer at the Center of Gravity and also got an exclusive tour of the new Prototyping Center that opened this past Spring. They also got the chance to speak to some of the innovators at work on what they were working on.


Special thank you to our Innovate 518 partners for having us and the University at Albany for allowing us to share our opportunities with the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators!

Innovative Internships: Beahive Coworking Space Draws Student Entrepreneurs to Downtown Albany (via UAlbany News)

The companies operate out of Beahive, a coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers and consultants, and a partner of Innovate 518, the Capital Region’s Innovation Hot Spot and NYSTAR initiative managed by the University.

Key Capture Energy

For example, a UAlbany student and a recent graduate are working for Key Capture Energy, a company that develops energy storage projects throughout New York and New England.

Working at a startup allows Gregory Mazzaro, a junior business major, to take on greater responsibility than he would likely get at a larger company.

“You get to see everything come together in what forms a business,” said Mazzaro, who said he has always been interested in getting involved in the energy industry. “No one works on just one specific thing; whether it’s land acquisition or budgeting, we all work together.”

Getting to work on statewide initiatives such as Gov. Cuomo’s mission of storing 1,500 megawatts of energy by 2025 is the most meaningful aspect of the Key Capture Energy internship, said Ryan Andrews,  a 2016 graduate of the University’s School of Business.

“It’s been cool to see that so many companies want to work in unison with us in setting the precedent in New York for energy-saving goals,” said Andrews, who minored in sustainability.

This is the first summer that the startup has could hire interns since opening operations in Albany in 2016, according to Dan Fitzgerald, co-founder and chief development officer of Key Capture Energy.

Fitzgerald, also a UAlbany graduate, said that with an expanded team, the company will be able to tackle one of their biggest projects for the year – installing four large energy storage units in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Stillwater, N.Y.

- via UAlbany News 

Get the full article on Beahive and photos at https://www.albany.edu/news/87513.php

Partner ecoLong receives funding to move forward

“ecoLong is honored to receive the Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research award with our partners at the University at Albany to develop a peer to peer energy trading platform. This platform harnesses blockchain technology to empower energy consumers and producers with more transparency and reliability in the energy transaction process.....We are proud to be a part of the capital region ecosystem, the support and guidance of our partners Center of Economic Growth, Innovate 518, Albany Small Business Development Center, and Blackstone Launchpad have been key to our growth."

- ecoLong CEO, Nancy Min


ecoLong LLC, an environmental science and renewable energy high-tech company based out of our very own Albany, New York, has succeeded in driving innovation and investing in clean energy that empowers consumers throughout the Capital Region. Distributed energy resources are in high demand, and require the constant development of new technologies to enable "prosumers"—consumers who produce their own energy, to connect directly with other prosumers to help meet each others energy needs. Thanks to funding from The Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office's (SETO) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), this project will use its new technology to allow consumers, solar owners, and utilities alike to directly connect and maximize economic and technological benefits in the renewable energy community. ecoLong was the only New York solar company to receive funding from the Department of Energy in 2018. Founded in 2015, their first technology, the Sky Imager-Radiometer (eSIR), was developed for applications in weather/climate, solar energy, and air quality. 



The SBIR program consists of three different funding levels: a feasibility demonstration (Phase I), prototype development (Phase II), and commercialization (Phase III). ecoLong recently completed phase I.


As part of the SBIR, the company must collaborate with a nonprofit research institution. We are thrilled ecoLong decided to partner with us here Innovate 518, who will continue to assist with funding and address the commercialization challenges.

Congratulations ecoLong!


Learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer here.

Gaining S.T.E.A.M.: The S.T.E.A.M Garden Breaks Ground This Past Week

 The Central Avenue Business Improvement District broke ground last week on The S.T.E.A.M Garden, an incubator center focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

A ceremony took place at 279 Central Ave. in downtown Albany, N.Y. on June 27.

The $1.7 million project will be completed and open by the end of the year, though renovations of the building, including reconstruction of the building’s historic windows, will continue into 2019, according to Anthony Capece, executive director of the Central Avenue Business Improvement District.

Capece said the S.T.E.A.M Garden will partner with Innovate 518, the Capital Region’s Innovation Hot Spot and NYSTAR initiative managed by the University.

“The University has been integral in helping us redevelop the community,” Capece said. “Their partnership with us shows their commitment to this city and to the growth of technology and small businesses in the area.”

Participating in the groundbreaking were Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, assemblymember John McDonald and representatives from the NYS Empire State Development (ESD).

Get the full article below at Albany.edu


Bull Moose Club Set to Open Summer 18'

Bull Moose Club Set to Open in Downtown Albany This Summer


The Bull Moose Club is the new coworking space to be added into the Albany Innovation Ecosystem. This site will offer members 24 hour access, private and flexible workspaces, tap beverage refreshments, wi-fi and mail and packaging services. Although new to the Albany area, owner Tom Nardacci is no stranger to innovation in the Capital Region. Nardacci is also the owner of Troy Innovation Garage located in Troy, NY and CEO of Grammercy Communications.


The new site is described as a “service oriented, hypercharged coworking ecosystem". With over 10,000 square feet to work with, The Bull Moose Club will provide innovators with open membership plans with access to their own private office suites, conference rooms, lounges and coworking spaces dependent on what the plan offers. Bull Moose is open to all creatives, but more specifically designed for business leaders in the political feild, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists are encouraged to join, “People like bloggers who are tired of working in coffee shops” . Mirrored to the concept of the Troy Innovation Garage, which is primarily designed for web and graphic designers, app developers, architects, IP lawyers, marketers, writers, photographers and videographers.


The Bull Moose Club is set to open sometime this summer. They also held an exclusive hard hat tour of the new location on June 28th.


More information on The Bull Moose Club and their upcoming events here.



March 7 Event to Explore Business of Digital Games and How to Find a Place In It

February 27, 2018

Media Contacts
Tech Valley Center of Gravity: Holly Cargill-Cramer
holly@tvcog.net    518.244.3544 (o) 518.331.4814 (m)

Troy, NY – “The Business of Digital Games,” a free event hosted by Tech Valley Center of Gravity on Wednesday, March 7, will explore the depth and breadth of the digital game ecosystem in the Capital Region and opportunities for creative and technical professionals and entrepreneurs. Companies 1st Playable, Catapult Games, Mad Glory, PrizePlay, Velan Studios and Vicarious Visions are among the presenters and planners along with Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Tech Valley Game Space, and Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy. The event will run from 12:30 to 7:30 pm at the Center of Gravity at 30 3rd Street in Troy.

“Velan Studios set our roots down in Troy, NY because of the wealth of creative game development talent in the area,” said Guha Bela of Velan Studios. “The Capital Region is the largest, most vibrant game development community in New York State, and this summit is a great way to showcase New York’s game development history and expertise. But most exciting, the summit will provide a forum to help inform and instruct the broad set of creative and technical talent in the area on the best steps to find success in the region’s game development ecosystem.”

Supported by New York State’s Tech Valley Digital Game Hub at RPI and sponsored by Center for Economic Growth, Innovate 518 and Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, the day will begin with an introduction to the companies included in this ecosystem, what they do and who they work with and how. A deeper exploration of the growth and development of one successful business will follow that panel discussion. Then attendees will choose one of three facilitated targeted discussions on entrepreneurship, creativity or technology in the digital game sector.

“The Capital Region is home to some great game companies who have shown the viability of success,” said Dane Jennings of Catapult Games. “As a new company, Catapult Games looks to these examples for inspiration and insight. ‘The Business of Digital Games’ event will be a great opportunity to hear from some of these success stories, share our own experiences, and meet other people who share a passion for game design.”

At 5:30, the Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy will host a networking reception where attendees can talk with representatives of the participating game design companies and sponsors. The day will be capped with a presentation by NYS Council on the Arts Program Director for Electronic Media & Film|Visual Arts Karen Helmerson on the topic "The Intersection of Digital and Media Art”

 “Game development professionals from Vicarious Visions will be in attendance to lend their knowledge and expertise to this discussion of the Capital Region’s burgeoning gaming community,” said Steve Derrick of Vicarious Visions. “’We are in this together’ is a core value at VV; and it applies not only to the creatives currently employed, but to the creative community at large. VV endeavors to lead through excellence within and community engagement without.”

While the program is free, space is limited. To encourage participants to make advance reservations, the planners are encouraging to reserve a place by making a donation to Extra Life! All donations made to reserve a space will benefit the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center through Extra Life!, which unites thousands of digital game players around the world in 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathons to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"As a growing firm in the Tech Valley digital game community, Lottery Rewards, which operates PrizePlay, is excited to participate in this event,” said Rob Lentz of PrizePlay. “We feel that PrizePlay and all the other firms represented in this session benefit when the talent in the local market is aware of what we do, knows the required skills to be successful and understands how to build professional experience to help each of our respective firms grow.  If this ecosystem has the best talent, we have an opportunity to bring the greatest value to the marketplace.”

For a full agenda and to register in advance for the event, visit bit.ly/BizOfDigitalGames. For more information, call Tech Valley Center of Gravity at 518-244-3544.

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About the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a makerspace and business incubator located in Troy, NY. The not-for-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization cultivates a community of innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate creative collisions resulting in economic and personal growth by providing members access to a broad spectrum of equipment and technology in its 12,000sf makerspace and prototyping center.