Last week GENIUS NY teams met and networked with John Tylko, Chief Innovation Officer of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation. John spent the day with the teams talking about his experience in the industry and met one-on-one to learn more about their businesses and to help connect them with industry partners.
On the heels of GENIUS NY’s round 1 success, the program is seeing ongoing interest from companies across the globe as it closes its application period for a second round of funding. GENIUS NY received more than 250 submissions for next year’s competition and has gained stronger brand awareness in the global unmanned aerial systems (UAS) community. Several applicants reapplied this year; many are from out of state; and a few are from across the globe, including India and Australia. There was also an increase in women-owned businesses.
From subsidies to startup programs, boosting the economic development of an entire region is a complex task. In Upstate New York, where job growth is more modest than the national average, revitalizing the region is a primary goal of business and community leaders.
The six current GENIUS NY teams had a successful trip to New York City last week as they pitched in front of a room full of investors. The teams have come a long way in nine months and are now in positions to seek Series A funding. The event took place at Perkins Coie law office at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Let’s assume you have a good idea, and potentially a great business. Your startup is scalable and fundable—you’re prepared for quick growth. Understandably, you want to accelerate the development of your business.
Unmanned systems technology is changing the way humans and technology interact. If you run a startup in this sector—aerial, ground, marine, data-to-decision, cross-connected platforms, and Internet of Things (IoT)—the GENIUS NY program may be the best accelerator-incubator program for your team.
Choosing a startup accelerator can be a difficult decision. After all, you want your startup to become a successful company. If you are a member of an unmanned systems team, GENIUS NY— a year-long, in-residence business accelerator competition and incubator—may be exactly what you need.
Applications for GENIUS NY are being accepted until October 1, 2017. If your team is accepted to the GENIUS NY accelerator program, your startup will not only compete for a top prize of $1 million, but will benefit from intangible assets like mentoring and networking.
Come enjoy an afternoon of drones at The Tech Garden! GENIUS NY is sponsoring Syracuse, New York's first ever Drones Over Downtown event.
Jon Parry, GENIUS NY Director, brings two first year finalists to California to be on the Commercial Drones FM podcast. Jimmy Halliday, Aviation Director at AutoModality, and Sasi Viswanathan, co-founder of Akrobotix met with producer Ian Smith to discuss how GENIUS NY funding and the rising New York State Unmanned Aerial Systems ecosystem has helped their drone startups.
The FAA-Designated Nevada UAS Test Site and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) have entered into a partnership with New York based training and education provider, SkyOp LLC, to offer drone training programs and courseware to the West Coast. Las Vegas will serve as the West Coast affiliate training center to proactively prepare and train the next generation of the workforce to answer future demand for highly specialized drone-enabled employment opportunities.