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UAlbany Innovation Center Brings Business Plan Competition, Guest Speakers to Campus

The regional business plan competition will take place at the School of Business on April 12. (Photo by Brian Busher)

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 26, 2019) – A regional business plan competition and a guest speaker from a leading network security startup company are among the offerings slated this spring through the UAlbany Innovation Center.

The University’s School of Business will host the New York Business Plan Capital Region Semi-Finals beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Applications are due April 1.

Pitch your ideas for a new business or venture within one of six categories: agtech/food; energy/environment; military/first-responder; medtech/well-being; tech/entertainment, and consumer products/services.

The competition is open to all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from schools and colleges in the greater Capital Region of New York. All winners will be eligible to compete in the statewide final at Sage Armory in Albany on April 26. Applications are due April 1.

Cybersecurity Symposium

Retired Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the founder, chairman, co-CEO and president of IronNet Cybersecurity, will headline a symposium next month with a talk on emerging cybersecurity education and technology trends.

The event, hosted by the University at Albany in conjunction with Syracuse University, will take place 5-9 p.m. in the Campus Center West Auditorium on Thursday, April 11.

A panel featuring industry experts and entrepreneurs will follow the main event. Register for the symposium.

About the UAlbany Innovation Center

The university launched the UAlbany Innovation Center in 2016 to facilitate collaboration between faculty researchers and the local business community, offer entrepreneurial programs, and provide access to facilities and other resources.

Participating faculty are exposed to programming that could position them to receive state, federal and private funding to assist in the commercialization of their disclosure, as well as comprehensive coaching, mentoring and support on entrepreneurial fundamentals from entrepreneurs in residence, according to Matt Grattan, director of community and economic development at UAlbany.

“Our mission for the center is to help identify potential innovations that stem from academic research, teaching and service activities, as well as to provide the resources and the guidance necessary to make a pathway to commercialization possible,” Grattan said.

The center supports ventures in a variety of research disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Climate and environmental science research
  • Biomedical science and biotechnology
  • Forensic sciences and cybersecurity
  • Advanced data analytics
  • Engineering and applied science
  • Homeland security and defense

The center is an affiliated partner of Innovate 518, the Capital Region’s Innovation Hot Spot and a NYSTAR funded program managed by UAlbany.

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