Partner News: FuzeHub's Commercialization Competition 2018 Finalists Announced


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.


To learn about the finalists and read the full press release click here.


Join FuzeHub to hear the finalists' presentation pitches, celebrate entrepreneurship, and participate in launching these businesses toward success at the Albany Capital Center!


Finalists Include:

  • Algorhythm Technologies

  • AlliedMicrobiota

  • Bonbouton

  • Capro-X Inc.

  • Dynamic Boundaries, Inc. 

  • ecoLong LLC

  • FlexSurface, Inc.

  • Go Figure, Inc.

  • Hoplite Power Inc.

  • Íko Systems

  • KIRSH Helmets

  • Light Green Machines, LLC

  • Lux Semiconductors

  • Mechanismic Inc.

  • Mohawk Machine Works, LLC

  • RemWell LLC

  • VitaMe Technologies, Inc

  • Volt-Air Technologies

Introducing the Tully Rinckey PLLC Business Navigator Program!

October 1, 2018 – Albany, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC is pleased to announce the launch of its unique, one-of-a-kind business tool. Tully Rinckey Business Navigator provides an affordable, dynamic, legal service and guidance program that new business startups and existing small businesses can successfully leverage in today’s marketplace.

TR Business Navigator gives new business startups and small businesses the ability to network to obtain crucial business needs, such as banking, consulting, venture capital and more. Clients will have access to TR Business Navigator attorneys who can help with everything from business formation options, such as choosing the right legal entity, to creating an operating agreement checklist as well as employment policies to protect their business.

“At Tully Rinckey PLLC, we truly believe that our business is your success. This tool is different from other programs because it provides immediate solutions and services. Clients will be able to interact with attorneys at a firm that will partner, grow and support them throughout their new business lifecycle,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner Mathew B. Tully.

The TR Business Navigator can change the game for business owners. Because differently sized and positioned businesses are in need of varied levels of legal support, the TR Business Navigator provides three levels of services, specifically tailored to your needs. Services include human resources overview, confidentiality agreements, access to live and remote business seminars, establishment of LLC partnership or corporation, review of contracts, intellectual property agreements and more.

Tully Rinckey’s broad business law experience is bolstered by a family of ancillary, but relatable areas of law. We are uniquely positioned to offer superior legal support and advice regarding new business startups and existing small businesses.

For more information about Tully Rinckey PLLC’s plans to assist businesses with the TR Business Navigator, please contact Media Relations Associate Lindsay Nielsen at (518) 640-3667 or via email at

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News-Rating Platform Our.News Joins with the Newseum to Fight “Fake News”


“Start-up Develops Newstrition®  to Help Curb the Misinformation Epidemic “ 

Innovate 518 company Our.News has been having nothing short of a great year and now they are gaining national news recognition. During a panel on October 2nd discussing misinformation at Washington DC’s Newseum, an interactive museum promoting free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, it was announced that the online platform will be collaborating with the popular interactive museum. Our.News also announced the launch of Newstrition® , a browser add-on designed to help the public fight misinformaton. Be sure to follow @Our.News for the latest updates on the partnership!

Our.News, a non-partisan, transparent online platform providing validated background information and community ratings for news articles and outlets, will announce a joint venture with the Newseum to present Newstrition®, a web browser extension tool to help educate the news consumer about the news and information being presented. Just in time for midterm elections, the start-up, based in New York’s Capital Region, has developed a way for readers to make informed decisions about what is real, and what is “fake” news. The tool is completely free to all users.

About Our.News: Our.News is a tech start-up devoted to fighting misinformation in the media. Our.News makes it easy for anyone to fact-check and rate the news, arming the public with the tools and information needed to make a quick determination between real and junk news. It uses a combination of crowdsourcing and proprietary algorithms to provide neutral background data, ratings, sources and more. The platform is non-partisan and transparent, providing validated background information on news publishers and presenting the public’s assessment of the veracity of news articles, publishers and journalists. For more information, visit https://Our.News or follow Our.News on Twitter at @OurDotNews.

About the Newseum. The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Exhibits include the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, which displays the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest displays of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize–winning entry dating back to 1942. More information:

About the Freedom Forum Institute. The Freedom Forum Institute, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the education and programs partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department (NewseumED), special initiatives such as the Power Shift Project, and diversity and inclusion programs. The Institute also supports ongoing programming at the Newseum, including the annual rededication of the Journalist’s Memorial, and “Inside Media” interviews and presentations. More information:

Startup Peak Neuro Group Aims to Improve Neurosurgery Safety (via UAlbany News)

Pictured: Peak Neuro Founder, Micheal Riley

Pictured: Peak Neuro Founder, Micheal Riley

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.

“When you speak with surgeons who are doing these advanced cases, most prefer expert clinicians in their operating room that can reduce the occurrence of false-positive and false-negative results,” said Riley, who grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. “Unfortunately, a lot of surgeons have only ever had access to a technologist to operate the IONM machine and not a fellowship-trained, professional-level clinician.”

Peak Neuro Group requires its clinicians to hold advanced degrees in neuroscience or in a related field, as well as successful completion of a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology. The demanding fellowship program is designed and administered by Peak’s senior neurophysiologists, said Riley, who earned a master’s in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University.

The startup is a partner of Innovate 518 and is a UAlbany Innovation Center company.

(UAlbany News)

See the full article here

#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)



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.


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