Caitlin E. Moriarty

Business Writer & Startup Coach

AJ Damiano - PowerSpike | Upstate Venture Connect

Deep in the dorms of universities across the world are students either thinking about or working on building a company. One such student, AJ Damiano, started his company, PowerSpike, from his dorm room at Syracuse University back in 2014, while beginning his freshman year studies in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. One month after graduating, PowerSpike has now been accepted into the prestigious TechStars program.

Resilience for your brain: Invented in CNY

When I first learned of Dr. Carmen, he was described to me as a psychology engineer. Considering that in his academic career he first pursued engineering and later switched to psychology, this is a very accurate description. Both pursuits collided with the invention of his Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography (pirHEG) neurofeedback system.

Upstate NY Rewards Innovation

At the 2017 Upstate Unleashed Conference, Upstate Venture Connect featured the leaders of Upstate New York’s $1M+ innovation competitions – GENIUS NY, Luminate, 43North, and 76West – on the Upstate NY Rewards Innovation Panel. One year later, we caught up with the leaders of each competition to learn the latest on their programs and see the progress the winners have made over the last year.

HelioHex

Adam Milam is the Founder and CEO of Heliohex, a horticulture LED-lighting technology company based out of The Tech Garden in Syracuse NY. One of the most interesting and impactful aspects of this entrepreneur’s journey has been his relationship with Cornell University. In Spring 2017, Adam was chosen for the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) JumpStart Award Program.