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LaunchPad Huntington's Phil Rugile

Rocketing interest in LaunchPad Huntington

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re packing them in at LaunchPad Huntington, with a host of new tenants hanging their shingles inside the year-old co-working space – including three new residents liberated from Brooklyn. In a reversal of Long Island’s cursed westward migration, a trio of unrelated professionals – including a Microsoft field operative and the Workforce Development Institute’s regional director – has headed east from Kings County to live and work on the Island, with…


And the nation’s startup capital is … Austin

The Texas capital has unseated Silicon Valley as the nation’s top spot for startups, according to the latest Kauffman Index report. The index, produced annually by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, measures entrepreneurship at the national, state and metro levels across three metrics: the rate of new entrepreneurs, the number of entrepreneurs who started their companies when unemployed, and the number of startups per capita. According to the data, roughly 555 out of every 100,000 adults…


No Picture

Invention, with a side order of altruism

By GREGORY ZELLER While cutting-edge laboratories, university-based startups and seven-figure investments monopolize Long Island’s innovation spotlight, invention can happen anywhere. Just ask students in the Science Research Program at Commack High School, where teacher Richard Kurtz, with a little help from Suffolk County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club founder Brian Fried, is teaching kids they’re never too young to change the world. The para-curricular program – enterprising students can select it in lieu of other science…


On Kickstarter, beers and boards win big

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Kickstarter crowdfunding platform is a worthy metaphor for humanity itself. Invented by necessity and forever evolving, it’s a vast engine of ingenuity fueled by the most basic human motivators: a desire to improve, or to profit, or both. It’s also barrels of fun. Where else can you find “crystal bacon” jewelry, keychain sensors that alert parents when Baby’s diaper is wet and frying pans with sword hilts? More to the…


New refrigerant rules = hot times for Priority Cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // With new refrigeration standards sweeping the globe, a Bay Shore company with proprietary rights to an advanced coolant formula is poised to cash in on a potential $10 trillion industry. Pretty cool, right? Green Way Solutions, dba Priority Cool, has only been manufacturing its patent-pending hydrocarbon blend since January, but it’s already estimating $3 million in 2015 sales – and that’s without tapping the enormous U.S. market. According to company officials,…


The Brew Bus: Ready to barrel on down the highway

By GREGORY ZELLER // Brad Darrohn likes beer. Specifically, the partner at Bohemia-based online marketing firm Fishbat enjoys craft beers, those brewed in small batches by local beer lovers like himself. Long Island has a thriving microbrew culture, but its geographical sprawl presents a problem for those who would enjoy their suds responsibly. But also an opportunity. Lamenting that a single-day tour of the Island’s widespread breweries using conventional transportation was virtually impossible, Darrohn determined…


Taking North Shore-LIJ to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // With two spinoffs in play and as many as 10 waiting in the wings, the North Shore-LIJ Health System is ramping up its commercialization efforts at STAT speed. In particular, a series of ambitious collaborations between North Shore and the Cleveland Clinic – a nonprofit, multispecialty medical center melding hospital care with research and education – are beginning to bear commercial fruit. Speaking at a Long Island Association event on Thursday,…


Legal help for millennials? Mobile, of course

By GREGORY ZELLER // Need an attorney? Mobile platform LawNearMe.com has one for you. Millennials preferred. Ease of attorney is not exactly a Miranda right, but it could be a lucrative business opportunity. That’s what entrepreneurial attorney Samuel Shusterhoff is counting on as he efforts to unite attorneys and “next generation” clients with immediate legal needs. By “next generation,” Shusterhoff – a Jericho native who launched LawNearMe.com out of a Massapequa office in 2014 (the…


Teq beefs up distribution partnerships

The good times roll on at educational software firm Teq, which this week announced two new reseller partnerships. In April, the Huntington-based producer of innovative classroom technology and online professional development solutions entered into an international distribution deal with Canadian firm SMART Technologies, allowing Teq to forge distribution agreements with SMART’s reseller partners throughout the United States and Canada. This week, the firm announced partnerships with two of those resellers: Piraino Consulting, which will make…


SetPoint Medical

Feinstein’s vagus research takes plenty of nerve

BY GREGORY ZELLER // What happens in vagus doesn’t actually stay there. Or at least that’s the theory behind electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve, a long cranial bundle that extends from the brain to the abdomen. Medical science is just scratching the surface of the therapeutic value of vagus stimulation, but new studies suggest it goes far beyond the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy and depression, two longstanding targets of vagus manipulation. Dr….


Steve Gold

And yes, you can have fries with this

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Cluck ’n Moo, an innovative substitute for the classic beef patty that introduces lean poultry to the mix, is ready to take wing. Inventor Steve Gold says the resulting beef-and-chicken hybrid lowers the fat and calorie content without skimping on taste or texture, and with Cluck ’n Moo already gracing supermarkets across New York, he’s on the hunt for $750,000 in venture capital to spread the word. Some members of the…


Leah Busque

State launches women-focused investment fund

New York State is unwrapping a $2 million investment fund to support minority- and women-owned business enterprises. The MWBE Investment Fund, managed by Rochester-based venture capital firm Excell Partners, will provide early-stage financing to certified minority- and women-owned startups, with a particular focus on high-tech ventures, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The “first-of-its-kind investment fund” will be a big help to a “vitally important part of the state’s economy,” the governor…


Goddard Labs snags biotech honor

Goddard Labs, a Calverton-based startup that has developed breakthrough food and water testing technology, has been named Best in Show of the Mid Atlantic Bio Angels’ 1st Pitch Life Sciences competition. Although the physical prize isn’t much — a polo shirt and a press release — the bragging rights are gold plated and the connections may one day be worth even more: MABA members are active investors from Delaware to Massachusetts with deep backgrounds in…


LaunchPad Huntington's Phil Rugile

Quick — how do I grow my business?

You’ve heard of speed dating and speed networking. Now comes speed … mentoring. Set for May 19, the program is an outreach by the state’s year-old Business Mentor NY initiative and is designed to match experienced businesspeople with new entrepreneurs, with the goal of creating broader – and, we hope, longer-lasting – relationships. Introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2014 State of the State Address, Business Mentor NY has attracted more than 750 volunteer…


Cooking With Chef Michelle

In gluten-free baking, still room for innovation

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Bakers are no longer known primarily for innovation. Television contests may demand interesting new shapes for cookies and cakes, but in the early 21st century, virtually every combination of eggs, butter and flour has been tried. The difference between a 350 or 375 degree oven has been well-documented. There are no baking worlds left to conquer. Save perhaps one. In an increasingly gluten-free world, many baked products prepared without traditional wheat-,…