Incubator News and Updates

EMPEQ CEO chronicles journey of their AI-driven startup

EMPEQ CEO chronicles journey of their AI-driven startup

In his tenure in the energy efficiency industry, he oversaw over 300 equipment audits and design-builds in energy efficiency and clean heating and cooling, inspiring him to co-found EMPEQ which created the Fast Site SurveyTM app.

Hectre named winner in 2021 AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Hectre named winner in 2021 AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Hectre’s commitment to clever simplicity – creating meaningful technology with user simplicity at the forefront – is a strong point of difference in the agtech marketplace and has seen uptake around the world.

IM3NY Lithium-ion Gigafactory secures $85M in total funding

IM3NY Lithium-ion Gigafactory secures $85M in total funding

iM3NY’s total funding of $85 million includes a $50 million senior secured term loan from Riverstone Credit Partners and $35 million of equity funding, of which $23.6 million is from investments made by Magnis earlier this year.

Binghamton Business Plan Competition Announced

Binghamton Business Plan Competition Announced

Mayor Richard David announced details of the Binghamton Business Plan Competition, which awards $5,000 to the best plan for developing a business in the City of Binghamton.

Cubed Naturals Produces High-Quality, NY-Made Hemp Products

Cubed Naturals Produces High-Quality, NY-Made Hemp Products

A new startup at Koffman Incubator is making full use of their lab space with beakers, bottles, and barrels carefully laid out around the room. Cubed Naturals is contributing to Southern Tier New York's increasing dominance in all things hemp-related. This...

CEO of Member Hemp Company Chronicles Road to Success

CEO of Member Hemp Company Chronicles Road to Success

The focal point at Castetter Sustainability Group is to help and prepare businesses in the New York state cannabis industry for success, from regulatory analysis to our business development, market analysis and strategic positioning.

New App Modernizes Hunting, Keeping Users Safe and Connected

New App Modernizes Hunting, Keeping Users Safe and Connected

As the leaves change color, hunters are reminded that their favorite season is upon them — hunting season — with a start date of Oct. 1 for most counties of New York for deer hunting. Although hunting may seem, at first glance, a low-tech sport, a company called Hunt...

Congressman tours CSG’s new hemp production facility

Congressman tours CSG’s new hemp production facility

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a longtime supporter of hemp in Broome County, visited the areas only functioning hemp processing and manufacturing plant operated by Koffman member Castetter Sustainability Group

Telehealth365 Wins 2020 Innovation Award

Telehealth365 Wins 2020 Innovation Award

TeheHealth365 is one of five companies to win Broome County’s 2020 Innovation award and one of three companies to receive funding from the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator

Battery Company Natrion Joins Koffman Incubator

Battery Company Natrion Joins Koffman Incubator

Natrion, a Sodium-Ion battery startup focused on renewable energy storage, is now partnered with Binghamton University’s Koffman Incubator and is eager to access their clean energy resources.

The I-Corps Program Goes Virtual

The I-Corps Program Goes Virtual

The National Science Foundation I-Corps program gets STEM researchers and emerging student entrepreneurs to discover their ideal customer through structured learning opportunities and customer interviews.

Heat Inverse Selected as 76West Semi-Finalist

Heat Inverse Selected as 76West Semi-Finalist

Clean Energy Incubator member Heat Inverse has become a semi-finalist in the NYSERDA 76West clean energy competition, one of twenty companies selected from around the world.

Members connect the community through podcasts

Members connect the community through podcasts

Entrepreneurs in the Koffman Incubator have been sharing some of their own conversations, producing podcasts on topics ranging from self-care to marketing to graphic design.

Insights from an intern at the koffman incubator

Insights from an intern at the koffman incubator

Having worked as a communications intern for seven months, I was able to incubate different skills and meet a whole cast of wonderful people working on the next big startup business.

Area Small Businesses Get a Helping Hand

Area Small Businesses Get a Helping Hand

Local businesses can enlist the support of resources like Binghamton Universitys Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides free, confidential assistance to entrepreneurs.

Pandemic Spurs a Team Effort to Innovate

Pandemic Spurs a Team Effort to Innovate

The E&IP office is assisting a new ventilator inventor with regulations for certified medical manufacturers and required U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applications.

[Video] Hatch Story: Ashlawn Energy

[Video] Hatch Story: Ashlawn Energy

Ashlawn Energy is developing and producing their VanCharg battery system which stores enough electricity to provide back-up power to hundreds of homes and support the transmission and distribution of electricity.

Clean Energy Incubator Supports Student Hackers

Clean Energy Incubator Supports Student Hackers

The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator sponsored a first-place prize of $1000 dollars for the Best Clean Energy Hack competition category, in support of student and environmental innovation.

Telehealth365 Awarded 2020 Innovation Award

Telehealth365 Awarded 2020 Innovation Award

This Award recognizes a project, product or service that thinks outside the box and continues to stretch the boundaries and has proven to be a leader in innovation. This years Award recipient is TeleHealth 365.

AgZeit’s Secret Ingredient: Community

AgZeit’s Secret Ingredient: Community

AgZeit Farms is pioneering sustainable indoor growing methods with assistance from business incubators, schools and support from the local community.

Why Choose the Koffman Incubator? [Video]

Why Choose the Koffman Incubator? [Video]

If you’re looking to start a business, you’re in luck. The Koffman Incubator offers space, programs, and mentors to propel your venture forward. See what we have to offer!

Rtistry By Design Becomes Eleventh Koffman Graduate

Rtistry By Design Becomes Eleventh Koffman Graduate

The branding and design agency has spent two years receiving mentorship and guidance in the Koffman Incubator. Owner Rachel Jenks has hired an employee and is planning on working remotely with clients from around the world.

Advanced Photonic Sciences Joins Start-up Suites

Advanced Photonic Sciences Joins Start-up Suites

The Start-up Suites on the Binghamton University campus provide advanced laboratory space as well as access to the Koffman Incubator’s programs and mentors. Newest member APS is a leader in laser manufacturing.

Student Club Unites Innovative Individuals

Student Club Unites Innovative Individuals

The Bingtrepreneur club currently boasts about 70 members and meets every Friday evening, either for relevant workshops led by local business professionals or its monthly meetup event.

Entrepreneur, Author and Inspiration Speaks Out on Mental Illness

Entrepreneur, Author and Inspiration Speaks Out on Mental Illness

Hazel McKenzie founded AdamaDoll, aimed at combating child sexual abuse, with assistance from the Koffman incubator and its Accelerator program. She has gone on to progress her business, write multiple books and become an advocate for mental health.

Hunt’n Buddy App Brings Hunting Into the 21st Century

Hunt’n Buddy App Brings Hunting Into the 21st Century

Hunters are disappearing. According to the National Survey of Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, the number of hunters in the U.S. has decreased by 2.2. million from 2011 to 2016. Joe Rogan, a recent graduate from Binghamton Accelerator Program and...

Skyven Displaces Fossil Fuels with Solar Concentration Tech

Skyven Displaces Fossil Fuels with Solar Concentration Tech

Dallas-based startup Skyven Technologies recently completed the first installation of its Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA). The system, deployed at Copses Farms, a state-of-the-art robotic dairy farm in Valley Falls, New York.

Summer Block Party: Serving Cones and Connections

Summer Block Party: Serving Cones and Connections

As the summer heat recedes at the end of August, Binghamton University's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnership took the opportunity to host a summer block party at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. The party brought together neighbors, sponsors,...

Incoming Innovators Learn of Binghamton’s Entrepreneurial Resources

Incoming Innovators Learn of Binghamton’s Entrepreneurial Resources

The academic year is upon us. Binghamton is buzzing as 17,900 students return for classes. 2,900 freshmen, 1,000 transfer students and 1,600 new graduate students are entering the campus in the coming year. Binghamton University's Department of Entrepreneurship &...

[Video] C4V Clean Energy Hatch Story

[Video] C4V Clean Energy Hatch Story

Based out of the Binghamton University Startup Suites, Charge CCCV (C4V) leverages its expertise in electrode design and process development to create next-generation storage materials.

Hemp Geek Opens Commercial Location

Hemp Geek Opens Commercial Location

Co-owner Sami Abdelazim says they try to source their products from nationally recognized brands that also do lab testing so that consumers can know that they are getting top of the line CBD products.

Clean Energy Highlight: ChromaNanoTech

Clean Energy Highlight: ChromaNanoTech

Our prime focus for applications of our technology is passive solar: we can block the infrared light coming through a window which keeps the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter.

EMPEQ Awarded $100k Through NYSERDA Ignition Grant

EMPEQ Awarded $100k Through NYSERDA Ignition Grant

“Receiving the Ignition Grant contract propelled EMPEQ into the next stage of growth allowing for increased capacity in all facets of the business,” said Herbert Dwyer, CEO of EMPEQ.

Infiniti Greens Wins 2019 Binghamton Business Plan Competition

Infiniti Greens Wins 2019 Binghamton Business Plan Competition

Infiniti Greens is a business that specializes in growing vegetables that have concentrated nutrients and flavor. The business works with local farmers and restaurants which uses the companys vegetables as ingredient. The business was founded inside of a Binghamton University dorm room.

Binghamton Business Community Unites to Clean Neighborhood

Binghamton Business Community Unites to Clean Neighborhood

Binghamton’s growing business community is breaking down the silos and coming together to share resources, stories, passions and improve their community all the while. Amongst their busy schedules, multiple area businesses joined forces to clean Binghamton’s streets....

Pitch Event Attracts Funding From Local Entrepreneurs

Pitch Event Attracts Funding From Local Entrepreneurs

Binghamton entrepreneurs are choosing to invest in their community following a March pitch event hosted by Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships. The event attracted over two dozen local investors to the Koffman Southern Tier...

Binghamton University Continues Successful Startup Summit

Binghamton University Continues Successful Startup Summit

Entrepreneurs in the Southern Tier have more resources than ever to help develop their businesses, including the second annual Southern Tier Startup Summit, a day-long event to be held May 1, at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 120 Hawley St., Binghamton.

Accelerator Program Showing Success

Accelerator Program Showing Success

Members of the winter 2019 cohort of the Accelerator Program at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator received special support to develop their business startups.

EMPEQ Selected for Veteran Founder Program

EMPEQ Selected for Veteran Founder Program

Through this initiative, EMPEQ, an energy efficiency project investment and asset management firm, said it will gain access to free programming and resources within the Founder Institutes global network.

Washington County Hemp Expands with CSG Hemp

Washington County Hemp Expands with CSG Hemp

CSG, based in Binghamton, helps hemp growers get established and guides them through the season. They currently assist 20 New York hemp farmers, including Old Homestead Hemp farm in Hebron.

IM3NY Progressing Endicott Battery Plant Plans

IM3NY Progressing Endicott Battery Plant Plans

“Physical relocation including the disassembly, packaging and shipment of the acquired equipment from the previous battery manufacturing plant in North Carolina to the new iM3NY facility at the Huron Campus in Endicott, New York was recently completed.”

[Video] Hatch Story: Enduraphin

[Video] Hatch Story: Enduraphin

Entering college, the Enduraphin team discovered various problems with the nutritional recovery process and the Strength and Conditioning community echoed their findings. Sports nutrition products lacked two aspects: quality and/or convenience.

[Video] Hatch Story: microBELLA Cosmetics

[Video] Hatch Story: microBELLA Cosmetics

We’ve all heard about probiotics for gut health, but what about for your skin? A microbiologist and entrepreneur is on a mission to improve existing cosmetics. This is her story.

Dimensional Energy a Finalist in Carbon XPRIZE

Dimensional Energy a Finalist in Carbon XPRIZE

The Carbon XPRIZE is in the final round of competition, in which finalist teams are challenged to scale-up up their carbon conversion technologies under real world conditions at industrial test centers to compete for one of two grand prizes.

Meetup Connects Local Educators With Virtual Reality Startup

Meetup Connects Local Educators With Virtual Reality Startup

What do educators and Virtual Reality have in common? Not much — not yet at least. This is set to change if Enhance VR (EVR), a startup company located in downtown Binghamton’s Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, has any say.  EVR is changing the way students interact...

[Video] Hatch Story: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad (PUPP)

[Video] Hatch Story: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad (PUPP)

Three Binghamton University graduates are hard at work using their skill to help others. The Pressure Ulcer Prevention Pad, or PUPP, seeks to improve the lives of individuals who stay seated for prolonged periods of time. This is PUPP’s story.

Infiniti Greens: A Growing Success Story

Infiniti Greens: A Growing Success Story

At a time when many startups are focused on apps, algorithms or artificial intelligence, Joseph Rigoroso is finding success by going the low-tech route.

Muckles Ink Expands their Local Imprint

Muckles Ink Expands their Local Imprint

Casey Coolbaugh ‘12 and Chauna D’Angelo ‘12 embarked down an unlikely path after graduating from Binghamton University: starting their own business. Post-graduation they created Muckles! Ink, a custom and commercial screen printing business, and have since made their...

BRASHPower Reinvents the Home Heating Boiler

BRASHPower Reinvents the Home Heating Boiler

More efficient and sustainable energy sources are increasingly being seen as not just important, but critical for the future of industry and for the planet itself. New York State has recognized the need for clean energy technologies and has been increasingly seen as a...

Local Businesswomen Inspire Next Generation Leaders

Local Businesswomen Inspire Next Generation Leaders

The women of Binghamton University are learning to take on the world of entrepreneurship. “The whole message of being bold and brave feels silly when you first hear it,” Molly Alexander said, “but when you try to internalize it, it becomes important.” Alexander, a...

Binghamton U Alumni Start Business to Put Pressure on a Major Problem

Binghamton U Alumni Start Business to Put Pressure on a Major Problem

Sometimes good ideas fall into your lap; sometimes they’re hiding right beneath it. Binghamton University alumni Nathaniel Fisher, Bar Stern, and Dominick Pirozzi graduated in 17′ with a BS and 18′ with a MS in Biomedical Engineering. Post-grad they created the...

Five Companies Join Into Koffman Incubator Accelerator Program

Five Companies Join Into Koffman Incubator Accelerator Program

Nine out of ten startups fail. For that reason, business incubators such as The Koffman exist to provide guidance and resources, greatly improving the success rate of startups. The Accelerator Program is offered within the incubator and put on by Binghamton...

Innovation Associates Expands

Innovation Associates Expands

“Our relationship with Binghamton University continues to be very very healthy,” said Innovation’s CEO Tom Boyer. “Part of that relationship I think is responsible for our market leadership at this point in time.”

Agzeit Awarded $2 Million for Expansion

Agzeit Awarded $2 Million for Expansion

“The intent will be we will have a readily trained available workforce to come work full-time for us. That’s again a tremendous opportunity. It’s investing back into our community. It’s investing in our futures,” said Jim Dutcher, AgZeit Indoor Farms CEO.

NY Small Business Development Centers Awarded $125k

NY Small Business Development Centers Awarded $125k

The NY SBDC has won several FAST grants in the past, and we look forward to continue to work with and expand our services to the innovators in New York State, Brian Goldstein, director of the New York SBDC, said.

Dimensional Energy Highlighted by Forbes

Dimensional Energy Highlighted by Forbes

“In industrial uses, we can capture carbon dioxide from commercial entities before it leaks into the atmosphere,” according to David Erickson, a mechanical engineering professor and co-founder and partner in the company.

Binghamton Incubator ‘Accelerator Program’ Accepting Applicants

Binghamton Incubator ‘Accelerator Program’ Accepting Applicants

Companies accepted into this program will be put through a crash course on the Business Model Canvas and in-person interviews, determining if their product or service is a viable company. Facilitated throughout the year, the course ends with a go, no-go, or a pivot on the concept.

Glimmers of a clean-tech future in Upstate NY

Glimmers of a clean-tech future in Upstate NY

The $19 million Koffman facility was built with an array of public moneys, and that’s purposeful. The mission of its clean-energy program, and its cousin programs in health technology and microelectronics, is nothing less than rekindling the innovative fires of Binghamton to birth young, high-growth companies in the most cutting-edge industries in America.

Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships Welcome Students to Binghamton U

Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships Welcome Students to Binghamton U

Students interested in the entrepreneurial side of life were met by multiple Binghamton University graduates who have made a name for themselves through small business ventures in the local ecosystem. These entrepreneurs spoke on their time at Binghamton U, the resources they drew upon and some struggles of small business ownership.

Upcoming SUNY BEST Sets Focus on Renewables

Upcoming SUNY BEST Sets Focus on Renewables

Let's face it, networking can be hard! Attempting to find common ground with a stranger in a few short moments of conversation seems inefficient to us. Traditional networking has its pitfalls and we are actively changing that through SUNY BEST. A well-received event...

EthosGen Brings First Product Online

EthosGen Brings First Product Online

Industrial businesses are transforming raw materials into something greater than the sum of their parts every single day, but it takes energy — and lots of it. At the same time, money and time are spent on thermal management, keeping heat, a byproduct of all...

LUMA Festival Announces 2018 Updates

LUMA Festival Announces 2018 Updates

Luma Projection Arts Festival just keeps on growing. This year, the downtown Binghamton event is growing from one night to three.

The Koffman Highlighted as Broome County Gem

The Koffman Highlighted as Broome County Gem

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is home to 35 startup businesses, ranging from unique virtual reality companies, to cutting-edge clean energy businesses, to high-tech video production companies and beyond.

[Video] Hatch Story: Enhance VR

[Video] Hatch Story: Enhance VR

Enhance VR is changing the face of the education industry. By bringing educational technology up to speed with personal technology, Enhance VR seeks to bring education into the 21st century. This is their story.

Southern Tier Hemp Summit Showcases a Growing Industry

Southern Tier Hemp Summit Showcases a Growing Industry

June 29th marked the first annual Southern Tier Hemp Summit. Hosted at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton. This event showcased the potential of hemp for business and the individual.

BU student startup GenVote expands

BU student startup GenVote expands

"We believe it's important for students to vote now," said Brianna Cea, the Generation Vote CEO and co-founder. "Because the policies and decisions being made today, whether it be at city council or on capitol hill are affecting us for the rest of our lives."

Three Binghamton teams earn awards at NYS Business Plan Competition

Three Binghamton teams earn awards at NYS Business Plan Competition

On the two-hour drive to Albany, Binghamton University student entrepreneurs practiced pitches and perfected PowerPoint presentations. On the way home, they celebrated the three teams who won awards at the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) on Friday. Taking...

Binghamton University researchers chosen for NEXUS-NY

Binghamton University researchers chosen for NEXUS-NY

BingCap, a team led by Tara P. Dhakal, an assistant professor in BUs Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ganesh Gudavalli, a Ph.D candidate in the same department, will participate in NEXUS-NY,

Incubator’s Clean Energy Board holds first meeting

Incubator’s Clean Energy Board holds first meeting

The board, which consists of 13 local and regional industry leaders, aims to increase thethe use of renewable energy in the region by assisting the nine companies currently participating in the incubators program.

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