thINCubator May Update
Upgrades to thINC!
Our new location is in the final stages of renovation and we can't wait to show & share what's in store. We'll have some amazing opportunities for students, entrepreneurs, freelancers, mentors and our community starting this summer. The new space is located at 326 Broad St in Utica (near the train station) and we'll have an opportunity for you to get a sneak peek at the space at our first MESH event (details below) before our grand opening.
Apply for The Foundation's Impact Investment Challenge and $25K for your new business.
Lilo Life, a thINCubator alum company, teamed up with Syracuse University’s Industrial Design Student Association to bring students an intense 2-day Design Competition. The “Lilo Design Competition” divided student participants into 4 teams and were given the task to create a design utilizing Lilo Life’s inverted water bottle patented product or a product that compliments the existing design.
The beauty of this collaboration was that it gave students free reign to create as freelance designers working with a real startup company and it gave Lilo Life more creative products to consider for future innovation. Watch the recap and learn more on our blog.
The First Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire was hosted at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on April 16th, which brought together a diverse group of makers and enthusiasts all in one place! This event was an absolute success, exceeding the anticipated number of makers and attendance from the community. If you weren't able to attend, check out our video interviews with some of the makers and the creator of the UtiCar which was constructed throughout the day. Visit the Blog for More >
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Commercialization Demo Day | May 24th
The thINCubator will be hosting The Commercialization Academy Demo Day on May 24th. The Academy pairs high-caliber founders with high-potential Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) technologies with the goals of developing entrepreneurial leaders and launching new technology ventures. Celebrate six months of accomplishment with the eight startups of the Spring 2016 class as they pitch a panel of judges and the audience on the companies they have built around AFRL technology. A live audience and a judges' vote will be held, with two cash prizes each to be given to the winners of the two best pitches of the day. See interviews with the teams and register to attend >
The ThINCubator is now accepting applicants to participate in our 8 week Summer Cohort that starts on June 16th! Interested in accelerating your business idea? Work with other entrepreneurs and mentors as we help take your business plan to the next level. The program is free and open to both students and community members. We're looking for entrepreneurs who are out of the Ideation stage and have a clear understanding of their product/service, the market opportunity, and the team necessary to execute the vision.
How do you know your business model has the potential to be successful? Have you done market research? Have you identified your core team or personnel needs? What specifically will you be selling or what services will be provided? Have you investigated whether or not you can produce/provide them and general costs associated with producing/providing them?
If you're ready to incubate and accelerate your business, we'll help you develop the tools, connections and resources you need to be successful. Ready to get started? Learn more and apply here >
The ThINCubator is also offering a "sneak peak" MESH event to show off the new space BEFORE our grand opening! This is your chance to see "behind the curtain," hear about the new programming that will be provided, and get a first look at the new thINCubator space..
MESH exists to build Creative Collisions between the Makers, Entrepreneurs, Students & Hackers across upstate NY. We’re helping to spark a community of innovators who want to plant ideas, cross-pollinate, and grow companies across our region. Click here to learn more and register >