The Bull Moose Club, right across from the Capitol Building at 150 State St, offers 22 offices across its 10,000-square-foot space. Additional conference and meeting rooms will help accommodate a wide range of technology startups, lobbyists, trade associations and advocacy groups, according to Tom Nardacci, founder and owner of the company…
When you are an entrepreneur, your whole life is your work. There is no end to your work days or work weeks. Building a business from the ground up requires an undevoted amount of time and dedication to your craft. No matter how old or young you are when you pursue a business, or how long you have pursued it, it becomes you. This past summer, Founder CampusPro, an Innovate 518 Hotspot Company, Samuel Mere was selected as one of six teams to participate in the 2018 IgniteU NY Accelerator program, located in Troy, NY. Throughout the final pitch day of the accelerator program,, he made a point to speak to every person in the room and inform them about his business. While his competition used this time to go over their presentations or panic, he charmed the room with a smile as bright as the orange shirt he wore underneath his blazer that read CampusPro, “By the way, have you downloaded CampusPro yet?”. Later, he won that competition by a landslide.
In 2015, Samuel Mere came up with the idea of CampusPro while being a Resident Assistant at the University at Albany. He noticed more than a few of his residents had talents and small businesses of their own worth raving about. He also discovered that outside of close friends, it was difficult for these freelancers to build their clientele in a convenient way. He turned to the drawing board on how he could fix this issue and help his residents make more money, from private tutors, cosmetologists to photographers and more freelancing services. A year later CampusPro was born, the mobile app that connects student freelancers with the campus community and a platform that allows student freelancers to conveniently market themselves across campus so they can grow their clientele and make more money on their free time.
When he obtained his undergrad in December 2016, Sam was lucky enough to land a full time job with C.H. Robinson, a Fortune 500 transportation services and third-party logistics company back in his hometown of Syracuse,NY. He was no stranger to the tech industry, securing an internship with Facebook for two summers prior and even working for Apple for a period of time. Nine months later, he realized it just wasn’t enough. He made a decision that most wouldn’t have the nerve to do, quit his job and relocated back to Albany where he knew he had connections to get him where he was going. Aside from working part-time for rent and bills, he has been all CampusPro ever since. With a constant growing user base here at his alma mater UAlbany, CampusPro also hosts a number of interns and has been working on growing his presence at surrounding universities like Siena College, Sage Colleges and College of Saint Rose. Right now it’s just me, he says as far as internal executives go, [we] are working to on-board a potential CTO ... making strides where we are lacking the most, which is technical expertise. He has been searching for a qualified person within his already existing team for a year now, but the process is long and difficult to handle on your own. And he wants to be sure he is making the right choice.
I’ve always believed I’ve had some sort of entrepreneurial blood in me, he went on to explain. My dad had a corner store on the Southside of Syracuse (as well as his Uncle and Grandfather). Growing up he would work in those stores, stocking shelves and cashing out customers making ten dollars a day. When he wasn’t working at the store, he was out reselling video games or collecting cans, “The easiest five cents you could ever make in my opinion”. I watched a lot of Shark Tank, everyone always says they watch Shark Tank right, he laughs, but I didn’t want to force the opportunity to become an entrepreneur. When this problem came across my path it [was] something I really wanted to pursue, it was my first bat at officially becoming an entrepreneur.
His advice to students that were in his position two years ago and wanted to start a business but had no idea where to begin? With the technologies afforded to us in this day and age, Sam’s generation has become the largest population of business owners and entrepreneurs. Time management is key, the now twenty-three year old entrepreneur says, especially as a college student. If you’re really serious about doing something you’re going to have to make those sacrifices, you’re going to have to out the time and effort to give it the best opportunity at success. Some college students say they have this idea and say they are an entrepreneur but going out every weekend and not putting the time into it, he went on to say, I always encourage people to follow their dreams and do what they want to achieve but you have to make sure you set aside the proper resources to make that happen.
CampusPro is currently still active within the IgniteU Community and also a member of the UAlbany Innovation Center and Innovate 518.
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Capital Region colleges and universities saw a 5.9 percent annual increase in R&D expenditures in fiscal 2017, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) study of new data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
In fiscal 2017, nine institutions spent $598 million on R&D. Local institutions that reported R&D expenditures for NCSES’s annual Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey included:
· Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
· Albany Medical College
· Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
· Siena College
· Skidmore College
· Clarkson University Capital Region Campus
· SUNY Polytechnic Institute
· Union College
· University at Albany
“It is because of the robust R&D assets at our colleges and universities that companies such as Applied Materials, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and various startups are investing in the Capital Region to research, develop and commercialize next generation technologies,” said Center for Economic Growth President and CEO Andrew Kennedy. “These R&D stats are impressive, and they make the Capital Region a viable option for companies looking to invest and create jobs.”
Federal funds supported $192.6 million in Capital Region university R&D expenditures in fiscal 2017, up 16.2 percent from the previous year. Contributing to that gain was SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s 2015 designation as the lead institution for the public-private partnership known as the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). This program is being funded with a $110 million federal grant, $250 million from New York State and $250 million in private support to buy equipment and to support operations over five years.
“With support from the Department of Defense, AIM Photonics is proud to enable next-generation photonics R&D and commercialization opportunities through its state-of-the-art facilities at both SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany campus, as well as our TAP Facility in Rochester, New York, providing an open-access environment with world-class test, assembly, and packaging capabilities,” said Dr. Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics CEO and SUNY Poly Executive Vice President for Innovation and Technology. “The interest that AIM Photonics has received from its academic, government, and industry partners from around the nation, including more than 100 signed members of the initiative, is a testament to the powerful ecosystem that AIM is enabling right here in New York State.”
Nonprofit organizations drove $72.6 million in university R&D expenditures, up 183.2 percent from the previous year. The lion’s share of that increased nonprofit funding was at SUNY Poly. Institutions, namely UAlbany and RPI, also spent more of their own funds on R&D, totaling $135.7 million, up 25.3 percent from fiscal 2016.
Life sciences R&D expenditures totaled $107.6 million in fiscal 2017, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. This growth came amid the state’s new $650 million Life Sciences Initiative, which aims to spur the growth of a new, world-class research cluster in this field.
The fastest-growing R&D fields with sizeable expenditures (>$10 million) were social sciences (up 81.8 percent to $19 million); physical sciences (up 53.2 percent to $24.4 million); geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences (up 51.5 percent to $31.4 million); computer and information science (up 29.1 percent to $14.6 million); and all non-science and engineering fields (up 12.2 percent to $24.9 million).
“One the region’s most active life sciences clusters is centered around the University at Albany‘s Health Sciences Campus and School of Public Health in East Greenbush, and one of the largest clusters of atmospheric sciences researchers in the country are based just across the Hudson River on the main campus in Albany. Together, they put UAlbany and the Capital Region at the leading edge of critical work that will shed light on the linkages among weather, climate and public health in the decades to come,” said James Dias, UAlbany’s vice president for research. “Pursuing these important cross-disciplinary opportunities and fostering regional collaborations is central to UAlbany’s role as research institution in making the Capital Region a powerful draw for biotech and weather enterprises.”
The Research Connection
For examples of life sciences-related R&D being conducted by researchers at Capital Region colleges and universities and others throughout the SUNY system, see CEG’s The Research Connection, a new quarterly feature in the organization’s e-newsletter, The CEG Indicator.
The Research Connection highlights R&D being conducted by researchers at Capital Region colleges and universities and others throughout the SUNY system. The Research Connection spotlights academic R&D in CEG’s focus technology sectors: Nanotechnology and Semiconductors, Cleantech/Energy, Biotechnology, Advanced Materials, Population Health Technology and Information Technology. Each edition of The Research Connection will highlight several research projects in a specific technology sector. The Research Connection will keep CEG investors and CEG Indicator subscribers informed on the cutting-edge R&D that is being conducted by SUNY and other academic researchers that could potentially transform their industries. It will also encourage collaboration, patent, licensing and other opportunities.
CEG and its Business Growth Solutions (BGS) unit leverage the Capital Region’s R&D assets to do the following:
· Promote the region around the world at industry conferences;
· Improve startups’ access to labs at facilities, such as those at SUNY Poly and Albany Medical College’s Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center (BACC);
· Accelerate commercialization by leveraging tech scouting, gathering technology-driven market intelligence, engaging Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) for testing and development;
· Develop prototypes with its Stratasys F270 3D printer at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity or provide hand-on access to it;
· Assist in the preparation of grant applications for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program; and
· Identify potential investors and providing venture pitch coaching through the VentureB series.
For additional information or to talk to CEG President and CEO Andrew Kennedy, please contact CEG Director of Research and Communications James Schlett at 518-465-8975 X221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the Capital Region’s primary regional economic development organization, with over 230 investors in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors. CEG is a New York Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation-designated Regional Technology Development Center and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
(News Release Courtesy of CEG)
Kathryn Cartini of Chloe Capital, and Tyler Wrightson of Leet Cyber Security and Stacks Espresso Bar, have been selected to a national list of influential young executives.
The Business Journals’ Influencers: Rising Stars spotlights 100 people in business across the country who are having an impact relatively early in their careers on their companies and their communities. And, because they’re still early in their careers, these executives could be shaping how business gets done in cities across the country for years to come.
Cartini is a partner and co-founder of Chloe Capital, CMO at Upstate Venture Connect and CEO and founder of Peacock Media LLC. After spending a decade in journalism, Cartini is now a storyteller of a different kind: helping entrepreneurs and venture capital companies connect to create a stronger startup ecosystem in upstate New York. Ultimately, her dream is to help other people’s entrepreneurial dreams come true — and help reshape upstate in the process.
Wrightson is founder of Leet Cyber Security, which mimics hackers to pinpoint weaknesses in businesses’ security and prevent potential threats. He is the owner of Stacks Espresso Bar, a coffee shop with two locations in Albany, one in Boston and one opening soon in Troy. Wrightson also opened a co-working space this year in the Arcade building in downtown Albany across the hall from one of the Stacks locations. The side projects keep going. Wrightson puts it this way — When asked what the next thing is on his bucket list, he responded, “To get a bigger bucket.”
Wrightson, Cartini and the rest of the Influencers: Rising Stars were identified in conjunction with editors and staff writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications, including the Albany Business Review. The first-of-its kind list draws in large part from the various 40 Under 40 profiles and similar efforts produced by The Business Journals publications over the past year.
(Via Albany Business Review )
OUR.NEWS (UALBANY INNOVATION CENTER) -
INTERNATIONAL CROWDSOURCING NEWS FACT CHECKER
In the growing world of “fake news”, Our.News combats misinformation by making it easy for anyone to fact-check and rate news themselves, essentially, crowdsourcing fact-checking and also have a news-ratings component. Partnered with the UAlbany Innovation Center for news stories around the world. Founded by Richard Zack in 2016 out of Troy, NY, it is a new approach to determine the truth in news. Using Our.News you can rate the truth of any news article yourself, it is then computed into ratings across the community, and delivers back an overall score of the truth based on four metrics: Spin, Trust, Accuracy and Relevance.
PEAK NEURO GROUP (UALBANY INNOVATION CENTER) -
NEUROLOGICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND CLINICIANS
Peak Neuro Group is leading the way experts view neurological procedures. A UAlbany Innovation Center company based in Troy, N.Y., Founder Michael Riley and the Peak Neuro Group offer hospitals throughout the Capital Region with what they say is a new and safer way to preform procedures. The company provides intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) equipment to assess a patient’s nervous system during high-risk procedures as well as trained, high-caliber clinicians to provide additional guidance to the surgical team. This technology can be used to eliminate the deciding factor of positive surgical outcomes or permanent neurological injury.
TROPHECASE (BIZLAB) -
SOCIAL PLATFORM FOR ATHLETES
Trophecase is a BizLab NY Startup Company based out of Albany, NY. Founded by Hunter Moffatt, Trophecase is changing the way athletes of all ages network and gain exposure. The mobile application provides athletes with a personal multimedia profile that combines sports statistical data with social media networking capabilities. Whether you’re looking to put all your current sports pages and highlights in one place for recruiters, or build your TropheCase from scratch, you'll find it there.
PHARMACEUTIC LABS (BACC) -
Pharmaceutic Labs is a BACC company based out of the Capital Region founded by Ernesto Samuel, a St. Rose Undergraduate who obtained his M.B.A at St. John’s University. Pharmaceutic Labs was founded in 2013 with the vision to be the outsourcing pharmaceutical distributor facility of choice for admixing, compounding and specialty products, and providing some of the best patient care in North America.
FuzeHub’s Commercialization Competition features a pitch competition showcasing innovative early stage companies, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Entering its second year hosting the Commercialization Competition, part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, the $350,000 Commercialization Competition is a two-day event in Albany. Up to seven companies will be awarded $50,000 each to help move their projects forward.
There is an exciting lineup of start-up companies will compete on November 7-8.
Join FuzeHub to hear the finalists' presentation pitches, celebrate entrepreneurship, and participate in launching these businesses toward success at the Albany Capital Center!
Dynamic Boundaries, Inc.
Go Figure, Inc.
Hoplite Power Inc.
Light Green Machines, LLC
Mohawk Machine Works, LLC
VitaMe Technologies, Inc