entrepreneurship http://wrvo.org en Investment dollars for upstate New York startups on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/investment-dollars-upstate-new-york-startups-rise <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The amount of money being invested in startup businesses in upstate New York is increasing, but that doesn’t mean starting a business here is suddenly easy.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:07:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52053 at http://wrvo.org Investment dollars for upstate New York startups on the rise 'Next Great Idea' competition underway again in Oswego County http://wrvo.org/post/next-great-idea-competition-underway-again-oswego-county <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:57:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50191 at http://wrvo.org 'Next Great Idea' competition underway again in Oswego County Startup Labs starts second year with more physical products http://wrvo.org/post/startup-labs-starts-second-year-more-physical-products <p></p><p>A product that could be straight out of a science fiction movie is one of the projects going through the Startup Labs business competition in Syracuse this winter.</p><p>The guys behind <a href="http://app.crowsnest.io/" target="_blank">Crowsnest Labs</a>, Mike Kruk and Ian Wilson from Rochester, are working to develop technology that will allow them to put tiny cameras inside, say, an ad in a subway station. Those cameras would analyze who stops to look at an ad and how interested they seem.</p><p>Remember that scene from the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report?</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49763 at http://wrvo.org Startup Labs starts second year with more physical products Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-diversify-upstate-business-environment <p>The desire for familiar food, clothing, and other products from home is spurring refugee communities in upstate New York to start their own businesses. In response, a group in Rochester has organized a six-week startup business training course to help the Somali refugee community navigate the process.</p><p>“They can actually create their own little local economy where they can exchange, similar to what they had in Somalia,” says David Dey, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.institute4se.com/" target="_blank">Institute for Social Entrepreneurship</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48996 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment New app makes plowing the driveway a breeze http://wrvo.org/post/new-app-makes-plowing-driveway-breeze <p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:56:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47628 at http://wrvo.org New app makes plowing the driveway a breeze Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs http://wrvo.org/post/unique-challenges-refugees-becoming-entrepreneurs <p><em>The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy. You can <a href="innovationtrail.org/topic/refugees-weaving-upstate-nys-changing-economy" target="_blank">find more from the series here</a>.</em></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:52:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47535 at http://wrvo.org Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs Young entrepreneurs compete to impress investors http://wrvo.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-compete-impress-investors <p>College students from across upstate New York pitched their businesses to an audience of potential investors. It was the end of a 12-week program called the Syracuse Student Sandbox, which mentors young entrepreneurs on generating revenue for their startups.</p><p>"Teams are coming out of the sandbox at the end of the summer already having some funding, already having products, already having some customers," said John Liddy, the director of the program he helped start in 2009.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:19:38 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 42845 at http://wrvo.org Young entrepreneurs compete to impress investors SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region http://wrvo.org/post/suny-program-aims-boost-entrepreneurship-region <p>The SUNY Research Foundation will give funds to several of its institutions to help foster entrepreneurship, including the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Upstate Medical University. Thu, 09 May 2013 20:33:58 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37531 at http://wrvo.org SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region Canada woos entrepreneurs with visa program; should U.S. follow? http://wrvo.org/post/canada-woos-entrepreneurs-visa-program-should-us-follow <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Canada is aiming to woo bright young entrepreneurs with a <a href="http://startupvisa.ca/" target="_blank">startup visa program</a>. The plan offers immediate permanent residence to foreign nationals who are able to secure business funding from Canadian investors. But, there are mixed feelings in the U.S. about the benefits of following suit. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 35899 at http://wrvo.org Canada woos entrepreneurs with visa program; should U.S. follow? Twenty-year-old starts second business with purchase of Watertown commercial building http://wrvo.org/post/twenty-year-old-starts-second-business-purchase-watertown-commercial-building <p>Many 16-year-olds might dream about starting their own business. But it takes a special kind of teenager to turn an operation launched in his parents' basement into a six-figure profit earner in just four years. After succeeding wildly with his web development and design company, North Shore Solutions, Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte, now age 20, is embarking on his second venture: commercial real estate.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:10:26 +0000 Joanna Richards 33821 at http://wrvo.org Twenty-year-old starts second business with purchase of Watertown commercial building Startups awaiting permission to "crowdfund" for new investors http://wrvo.org/post/startups-awaiting-permission-crowdfund-new-investors <p>Startup businesses in upstate New York, a region that sometimes struggles to attract big investors, are anxiously awaiting permission to begin soliciting funding from a new type of investor. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:54:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 33292 at http://wrvo.org New startup competition underway in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/new-startup-competition-underway-syracuse <p>A new startup competition with a global profile is underway in Syracuse - its first U.S. location. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:31:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31883 at http://wrvo.org New startup competition underway in Syracuse 60 seconds on the clock, a pitch for co-founders http://wrvo.org/post/60-seconds-clock-pitch-co-founders <p>Microphone in hand, hopeful entrepreneurs began their pitches: a way to track when the next bus is coming, a more portable sailboat, a social network for food lovers. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:03:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 29972 at http://wrvo.org 60 seconds on the clock, a pitch for co-founders Syracuse working to hit critical mass to grow startup community http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-working-hit-critical-mass-grow-startup-community <p>It’s a Friday afternoon at the Technology Garden, a business incubator in Syracuse. The dozen or so staff members of software design company <a href="http://roundedco.com" target="_blank">Rounded Development</a> are sitting around on couches, chowing on Dinosaur Barbeque take-out and chatting up ideas for new products. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 29384 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse working to hit critical mass to grow startup community Startup Weekend coming to Binghamton http://wrvo.org/post/startup-weekend-coming-binghamton <p>Chris Olsen is a budding entrepreneur. He runs an online marketing company in Binghamton called RS Webworks. It's the third company he's founded, and he's just 23-years-old. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:13:09 +0000 Matt Richmond 28877 at http://wrvo.org Startup Weekend coming to Binghamton How upstate New York could build strong startup communities http://wrvo.org/post/how-upstate-new-york-could-build-strong-startup-communities <p>It's not hard to think of the Silicon Valley, or maybe Boston and more recently New York City, when pondering the best place to be as a young entrepreneur. But cities all over the country are trying to become just as popular. Some are doing better than others. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:09:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 28453 at http://wrvo.org How upstate New York could build strong startup communities New Rochester entrepreneurship center to open next fall http://wrvo.org/post/new-rochester-entrepreneurship-center-open-next-fall <p>Senator Charles Schumer says a new center to open in Rochester will be a model for cities all over the state and the nation. He made the statement at the launch of the new center for urban entrepreneurship in the city. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:20:07 +0000 Kate O'Connell 27969 at http://wrvo.org New Rochester entrepreneurship center to open next fall Professor looks to brackets for new student startup competition http://wrvo.org/post/professor-looks-brackets-new-student-startup-competition <p>Sean Branagan doesn't want to get any angry phone calls from the NCAA's lawyers for ripping off their idea, but he took inspiration from a certain national college basketball tournament, held every March, for a new student startup competition. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:27:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 26746 at http://wrvo.org Professor looks to brackets for new student startup competition Does government have a role in creating the next Willis Carrier? http://wrvo.org/post/does-government-have-role-creating-next-willis-carrier <p>There is a political debate going on this fall about government's role in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.</p><p>It comes at a time when upstate New York continues to try and reinvent its economy. Small business incubators and accelerator programs are cropping up. The state has also made a major investment in creating a nanotech industry.</p><p>"The narrative that government is important? I don’t believe it’s true," says Carl Schramm. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:20:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 25802 at http://wrvo.org Does government have a role in creating the next Willis Carrier? 100 days in the books, startups emerge from Syracuse accelerator http://wrvo.org/post/100-days-books-startups-emerge-syracuse-accelerator <p>One-hundred long days full of presentations,&nbsp;meetings with mentors and practicing investor pitches is all done.</p><p>The first-ever StartFast Venture Accelerator concluded Thursday morning with its Demo Day.</p><p>"Saying it was all hard would be an understatement," said Timothy Beckford, a founder of <a href="http://padproof.com" target="_blank">PadProof</a>, a program to help professional photographers sell their pictures more easily. "It was a tremendous undertaking. We worked like crazy."</p><p>Nine companies entered <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/9-companies-100-days-get-ground-starts-now" target="_blank">StartFast back in May</a>, but only eight made it through. The teams were given seed money, workspace and access to dozens of mentors. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:47:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 24531 at http://wrvo.org 100 days in the books, startups emerge from Syracuse accelerator Young entrepreneurs show off what they made in the "Sandbox" http://wrvo.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-show-what-they-made-sandbox <p>Thirty-four teams got coaching from 115 mentors for three months in the Student Sandbox. Fifteen of those teams made it to Demo Day.</p><p><a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/student-entrepreneurs-spending-summer-syracuse-sandbox" target="_blank">The Sandbox</a>, a startup business accelerator for college students and recent graduates, wrapped up for the summer on Thursday.</p><p>Company founders presented their ideas and business platforms to a packed room of fellow startups and potential investors. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:14:31 +0000 Ryan Delaney 24491 at http://wrvo.org Young entrepreneurs show off what they made in the "Sandbox" Vets head back to bootcamp, this time to learn entrepreneurship http://wrvo.org/post/vets-head-back-bootcamp-time-learn-entrepreneurship <p>Popping the occasional Tylenol and drinking plenty of Red Bull are how Tom Voss and David Kendrick get through the long days at the <a href="http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/" target="_blank">Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities</a> (EBV).</p><p>Voss, 28, from Wuawatosa, Wis. and Kendrick, 25, from Rochester, are both Army veterans hoping to start their own businesses.</p><p>For eight days at Syracuse University&#39;s <a href="http://vets.syr.edu/" target="_blank">Institute for Veterans and Military Families</a> (IVMF), Voss, Kendrick and 25 other veterans spend 14 hours a day in classes learning how to be entrepreneurs. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:31:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23449 at http://wrvo.org Vets head back to bootcamp, this time to learn entrepreneurship Not your traditional summer camp: one for entrepreneurship http://wrvo.org/post/not-your-traditional-summer-camp-one-entrepreneurship <p>Repetition is the name of the game to turn high schoolers into good entrepreneurs.</p><p>All this week, high school students taking part in an entrepreneurship boot camp at the <a href="http://southsideinnovation.org" target="_blank">South Side Innovation Center</a> (SSIC) in Syracuse have been forced to practice pitching business ideas and cold-calling clients over-and-over.</p><p>&quot;The practical piece is really key,&quot; says El-Java Abdul-Qadir, and instructor at SSIC.</p><p>This is the first year of the boot camp and twenty kids are taking part, but organizers are hoping it will get bigger next summer. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:31:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23248 at http://wrvo.org Not your traditional summer camp: one for entrepreneurship Drawing up their business was harder than they thought http://wrvo.org/post/drawing-their-business-was-harder-they-thought <p>Four years ago, Erick Cleckner was sitting next to his friend, Dave Chenell, in a class at Syracuse University. But they weren&#39;t exactly paying attention.</p><p>&quot;[We were] just drawing in our notebooks instead of taking notes,&quot; remembers Cleckner. &quot;And we were arguing about whose drawing would win a fight.&quot;</p><p>Their debate about whose character would triumph didn&#39;t end when class was dismissed. Cleckner and Chenell started working on a digital battlefield where their sketches could actually engage in battle. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22494 at http://wrvo.org Drawing up their business was harder than they thought Young entrepreneurs: Out of the dorm room and into the incubator http://wrvo.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-out-dorm-room-and-incubator <p>Ariel Norling, 20, is from San Antonio, Texas. She has a lip ring and a spunky attitude to match. She majored in policy studies at Syracuse University.</p><p>Oh, and she&#39;s the CEO of her own online dating site called <a href="http://youshoulddate.me/" target="_blank">YouShouldDate.me</a>. Tagline: &quot;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: center; ">Online dating sucks, but it doesn&#39;t have to.&quot;</span></p><p>&quot;We&#39;re trying to find the middle ground between &#39;casual whatever,&#39; which generally just means people hooking up, and marriage,&quot; says Norling, describing her site.</p><p>She says she didn&#39;t really expect to become an entrepreneur - hence the social sciences degree. But last fall, after some convincing by a friend, Norling decided to pitch her idea at a local startup weekend.</p><p>The pitch worked. Folks liked it. And now she&#39;s spending the summer in Syracuse along with her two business partners in <a href="http://www.wrvo.fm/post/student-entrepreneurs-spending-summer-syracuse-sandbox" target="_blank">a startup incubator called the Student Sandbox</a>. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:49:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 20814 at http://wrvo.org Young entrepreneurs: Out of the dorm room and into the incubator INDUETIME: How a "Death App" won Rochester's Startup Weekend http://wrvo.org/post/induetime-how-death-app-won-rochesters-startup-weekend <p>It started out as &ldquo;The Death App.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I called it that because I couldn&rsquo;t think of anything else,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Tony Di&nbsp;Pietro.</p><p>Di Pietro&rsquo;s&nbsp;&ldquo;Death&nbsp;App&rdquo; was the kernel of what became the winner of <a href="http://rochester.startupweekend.org/" target="_blank">Rochester&rsquo;s first Startup Weekend</a>.</p><p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Zack Seward 20657 at http://wrvo.org INDUETIME: How a "Death App" won Rochester's Startup Weekend Student entrepreneurs spending summer in Syracuse "Sandbox" http://wrvo.org/post/student-entrepreneurs-spending-summer-syracuse-sandbox <p>Instead of painting houses or mowing lawns, a group of college students in Syracuse is spending the summer launching companies.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.syracusestudentsandbox.com/" target="_blank">Student Sandbox incubator</a> just got underway at the Syracuse Tech Garden. And participation is ballooning.</p><p>When the program started four years ago, just five teams took part. This year, there are 34 teams. The Tech Garden had to find overflow space to fit everybody. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:15:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 20435 at http://wrvo.org Student entrepreneurs spending summer in Syracuse "Sandbox" Young entrepreneurs pitch projects, for money and advice http://wrvo.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-pitch-projects-money-and-advice <p>Brian Page and Benjamin Onyejuruwa stood in front of the panel of judges with their hands full of groceries in an attempt to show how much easier their invention - an electronic ID and key programmed into a bracelet - could be.</p><p>The duo are roommates and freshman at Clarkson University. They made the trip down to Syracuse University on Friday to pitch QuickWhrist for a chance to win seed money from the university&#39;s Emerging Talk program.</p><p>Even as a freshman, Onyejuruwa already holds a patent for the technology.</p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:00:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 16967 at http://wrvo.org Young entrepreneurs pitch projects, for money and advice Making the business case for "doing good" http://wrvo.org/post/making-business-case-doing-good <p>From&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/environment/2010-10-27-1Atube27_ST_N.htm" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); " target="_blank">toilet paper</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.refresheverything.com/" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); " target="_blank">soda pop</a>, more and more companies are testing whether &quot;doing good&quot; can be good for the bottom line.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; "> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:54:11 +0000 Zack Seward 11058 at http://wrvo.org Making the business case for "doing good"