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Entrepreneurs Stories

Students to Pitch New Businesses at First IgniteU NY Demo Day

The inaugural class of new IgniteU NY will pitch their new businesses to investors. IgniteU NY is the region's first all-student early accelerator. Among the companies presenting is ChugaChaga Inc., led by University of Albany seniors Luke Evans and Marc Iskander. They aim to develop their company into a national brand for bottled tea made with chaga, an antioxidant-rich mushroom that grows on birch trees in...

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Gorbel Medical’s New Gaitway Center Now Open

On July 23rd, Gorbel Medical held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Gaitway Center at their corporate headquarters in Victor, New York. The new center will be used as a conference and education space. As a simulated physical therapy facility, the Gaitway Center is equipped with a SafeGait™ 360 Dynamic Body-Weight Support System and other rehabilitation equipment necessary to educate therapists...

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New Upstate New York Business Incubator for Manufacturing Startups

Formerly operating as the Alfred Ceramics Innovation Center, IncubatorWorks will now expand to a third location in Horseheads, N.Y., catering to advanced manufacturing tenants. Lead by COO, CFO Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic and Executive Director Alan Rae, IncubatorWorks is a resource for business startups and expansions....

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Cornell Student Wins LaunchNY Startup Pitch Competition

Micah Green and a team of Cornell University students have been hard at work creating the first housekeeping robot for hotels. Green started working on the venture that introduces automation into the hospitality industry in an effort to reduce costs and injury rates at hotels. Maidbot robots clean the bedroom, bathroom and hallway floors completely and autonomously, which can save hotels an estimated $9,000 per...

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