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First MVCC Sponsored START-UP NY Company Moves to Rome Campus

First MVCC Sponsored START-UP NY Company Moves to Rome Campus

Mohawk Valley Community College helps new drone company take flight in New York.

Pro Drones USA is soon to relocate to a tax-free area on MVCC’s campus in Rome, NY as an expansion to Canadian company, AVYON, and part of the START-UP NY program.

MVCC’s new business partnership with Pro Drones USA will create economic wealth for the entire Upstate NY region,” said Frank DuRoss, MVCC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “We welcome the company’s innovation in aircraft manufacturing and look forward to assisting attract and retain talent for the Mohawk Valley area.”

AVYON holds the exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and develop custom solutions for unmanned air vehicles (microdrones) augmented with next-generation data post-processing techniques. Under the company’s new authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct test flights in the U.S., Pro Drones USA will now create five new jobs and invest $1 million in Upstate New York’s new venture economy.

Startup NYIn addition to Pro Drones USA, Governor Cuomo announced 14 more companies have joined Start-Up NY, an innovative program that establishes tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across New York. This collaboration provides the companies access to industry experts and advanced research laboratories associated with the schools.

These new businesses in total will create 220 new jobs and invest approximately $4.3 million over the next five years in the Western New York, Southern Tier, Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson and Long Island regions in industries such as high technology, biotechnology and medical devices.

“I congratulate the latest round of companies that have joined START-UP NY, and I look forward to welcoming even more businesses to the Empire State,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Here’s a list of the 14 additional companies that have joined Start-Up NY:

Angelsoft LLC (Gust)Angelsoft, LLC (d/ba/a Gust) – Global SaaS platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments across 80 countries.

Location: SUNY Binghamton’s Engineering and Science Building, Vestal, NY

Sponsor: Binghamton University

Jobs: 8

Investing: $16,000

Callsign, IncCallsign, Inc – International cyber security company that provides a platform to eliminate the need for passwords to access services, systems, applications and networks.

Location: Binghamton University Engineering and Science Building, Vestal, NY

Sponsor: Binghamton University                                                            

Jobs: 38

Investing: $320,000


Coqui 3D IncCoqui 3D Inc – Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality content producer that conducts research and development for an augmented reality surgery training software.

Location: Buffalo Niagara Medical Center Innovation Center, Buffalo, NY

Sponsor: University at Buffalo

Jobs: 6

Investing: $125,000



DPS Advanced Technology GroupDPS Advanced Technology Group, Inc. – Architectural and Engineering firm providing professional services supporting the facilities needs of life sciences and advanced-technology manufacturing clients.

Location: Zero Energy Nanotechnology Building, Albany, NY

Sponsor: SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Jobs: 56

Investing: $285,000

EnerMed LLCEnerMed, LLC – A new biotechnology research and development company that owns, and intends to license, patent pending technologies for novel portable patient-specific wound and bone healing devices.

Location: University of Buffalo Gateway Building, Buffalo, NY

Sponsor: University at Buffalo

Jobs: 3

Investing: $360,000

FarrowBot Inc

FarrowBOT Inc – Developing and marketing a new prototype low cost animatronic display for retail space with pre-programmed dancing mannequins.


Location: Olmsted Center for Sight in Buffalo, NY

Sponsor: University at Buffalo

Jobs: 16

Investing: $62,000

Furlocity, IncFurlocity, Inc – Premier pet portal for booking boarding stays, veterinary appointments and pet-friendly hotels.

Location: NY BizLab, Schenectady, NY

Sponsor: Schenectady County Community College

Jobs: 18

Investing: $70,000


g.tech neurotechnology USA Incg.tec neurotechnology USA Inc. – Performs research in the field of neurotechnology using brain-computer interfaces (BCI), including the optimization of functional mapping in preparation for neurosurgery.

Location: SUNY Albany East Campus in Rensselaer, NY

Sponsor: SUNY Albany

Jobs: 8

Investing: $280,000

Iontraxx, LLCIontraxx, LLC Develops applications for streamlining construction and asset management of large-scale solar energy projects through the use of proprietary software and commonly available hardware.

Location: Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center Building

Sponsor: Stony Brook University

Jobs: 13

Investing: $420,000.

Lotto Points PLUSLotto Points Plus LLC Mobile/web platform (Lottery Rewards) that deliver free engagement solutions to the nation’s 150+ million lottery players.

Location: NY BizLab in Schenectady, NY

Sponsor: Schenectady County Community College

Jobs: 16

Investing: $110,000

Motion Intelligence, IncMotion Intelligence, Inc. – Develops a proprietary system used to facilitate the diagnosis and management of concussion injuries.

Location: Institute of Human Performance, Syracuse, NY

Sponsor: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Jobs: 9

Investing: $350,057

SavvyRoo, IncSavvyRoo, Inc Develops information technology for an educational platform that teaches college students and recent graduates how to influence with data, and develop a data portfolio as part of their e-portfolios when searching for employment.

Location: LIU’s University Center, Brookville, NY

Sponsor: Long Island University

Jobs: 9

Investing: $10,800

TDG Wood Products | SmokinliciousTDG Wood Products, LTD – Manufacturing a new line of micro/micron cooking wood chips under the brand name SmokinLicious Gourmet Wood Products.

Location: Sanzo Building, Cuba, NY

Sponsor: Alfred State University

Jobs: 7

Investing: $249,350

Web4Sign CorporationWeb4Sign CorporationHigh-tech company that brings the ink signature into the electronic world without sacrificing authenticity and integrity.

Location: Center of Excellence in Wireless Information Technology

Sponsor: Stony Brook University

Jobs: 8

Investing: $650,000

To date, 74 schools are participating in Start-Up NY. Each college and university’s approved START-UP NY plan is available at www.startup.ny.gov.

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