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Sep 16, 2016: Mount St. Mary College and iCAN NY to Host Sun-Rise Breakfast Forum

September 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Second forum to focus on Financial Technologies supporting underserved and affinity markets. NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Mount Saint Mary College will host the second SUN-RISE Breakfast forum featuring Financial Technology Startups focused on underserved urban markets [...]

“Nothing validates an idea like a customer”

The Incubation, Commercialization and Acceleration Network of New York (iCANny) is the oldest continuously operating business and technology incubator serving the Mid-Hudson Valley between Westchester and Albany. Since 2005, iCANny (formally the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation Inc.) has been supportive of both start-ups and mature enterprises by providing expert mentoring and advisory services as well as a curriculum to commercialization.

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iCANny is committed to growing the regional technology ecosystem and supporting region-wide economic development with an emphasis on the commercialization of products and services in; alternative energy; cleantech; fintech; scalable digital business; bio-pharma / medical and healthcare.

iCANny, as designated by Empire State Development Corporation, is one of only 10 Certified Business Incubators statewide; is a partner in iCLEAN, one of only six NYSERDA (New York State Energy and Research Development Authority) supported energy and cleantech incubators; a collaborator of the New York Medical College sponsored BioInc incubator and Empire State Development Corporation designated Innovation Hot Spot; a founding member of the New York State Business Incubator Association (NYSBIA) and iCANny has formed an alliance with the Westchester Angels.

Some of the clients we have recently helped include the following . . .

“VOLTA Reserve Power, is a commercial distribution leader in advanced battery system design and consultation, delivering scalable platform solutions for renewable energy and green building applications across the nation and around the world.

As a member of iCANny since 2014, through quality mentoring and expertly supervised pivots, VOLTA has gone on to gain major formative growth since its inception as an early stage company and has engendered much confidence within the advanced energy industry and community since conceptualization and implementation.”

“With the support of iCANny, VOLTA is currently consulting on and involved in several projects across the nation.Thanks to the help and hard work of iCANny and its advisory members, VOLTA has made rapid progress in a rapidly growing industry.”

Preston R. Bloss, Volta Reserve Power

I had developed a stunningly prescient business concept thirteen months ago. Four months later I was reduced to sending ‘Hail Mary’ emails to Jeff Bezos and Mark Cuban. I had exhausted my enormous list of Venture Capital Companies gleaned from the internet and was very much concerned that my perfectly disruptive sixty one page business plan was going to have to be renamed “Best Business Plan Never Launched!”

It was around this time that I stumbled upon iCANny. My email to founder Les Neumann had a distinct ‘Hail Mary’ flavor to it. Les responded quickly and within a week, we were meeting at a pub in Brooklyn. I was also blown away by the deep and thorough knowledge Les possessed in this arcane arena.

In a delightfully brief period of time, Les put in place half a dozen brilliant people who will help launch Idiom. We have just taken in a quarter of a million dollars seed money, are fully up to speed legally, have hired a software company and are finalizing a deal on a patent. Were it not for Les and his iCANny organization, I would be trying to find the email address of the rest of the panel on ‘Shark Tank’ in preparation for a new round of ‘Hail Mary’ emails.

Tom Kehoe, Idiom

“The advice and guidance iCANny provided Aris Renewable Energy in its formative phase was a key perspective to help shape our corporate strategy. As the Aris business has matured, so has the relationship with iCANny as a trusted strategic partner.”

Note: Aris Wind LLC is the wholly owned subsidiary of Aris Renewable Energy, LLC and a metropolitan New York City based renewable energy firm that has partnered with Airsynergy to promote, sell and service its Enhanced Wind Turbine products and Ventilation Exhaust products in North and South America.

Airsynergy is an Ireland-based technology company that has patented several air movement inventions using its “Enhanced Wind Turbine Technology”, Airsynergy is now bringing its innovative products, including the RPU Off-Grid Wind/Solar Lighting Solution, the “Total Energy Solution” (TES) 5kW class wind/solar power and our Passive Air Ventilation Exhaust Louver (PAVEL) to North and South America.

Dan Connors, Aris Wind

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