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Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…


In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

By GREGORY ZELLER // There was another major advance for biochemistry Thursday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, but this one didn’t involve gas chromatographs or infrared spectrometers or a single test tube. Just a shovel. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of regional and state representatives on hand, the world-class scientific research facility officially broke ground on the renovation of its Demerec Laboratory, one of four CSHL laboratories being remade with a big assist…


Albany touts advances of MWBEs, new support

Good news to help you celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month: The percentage of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises among the private businesses holding New York State contracts is on the rise. The utilization rate for MWBEs participating in state contracts increased to 27.2 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week, with companies owned by minorities and women winning more than $2.2 billion in state-sanctioned work. New York’s MWBE…


State OKs Five Towns computer-graphics degrees

By GREGORY ZELLER // On a mission to replace “starving artists” with “valued artists,” digital innovator Paul Lipsky has reprogrammed the book on Interactive Computer Graphics. Like, literally: With the New York State Department of Education’s blessing, Dix Hills-based Five Towns College is introducing new two- and four-year Interactive Computer Graphics degree programs based on curricula written by Lipsky, an adjunct Hofstra University instructor and CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio. The new degree programs…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


Albany rings bell for Restore NY, round five

Hempstead will host an informational meeting for Long Island municipalities craving a slice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest competitive-funding pie. With $80 million up for grabs in Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative, the Empire State Development Corp. – Albany’s main economic-development engine – has scheduled three workshops around the state to educate would-be applicants on the urban-revitalization program. All three informational workshops, including a Sept. 29 meeting at Hofstra University, are scheduled…


Hofstra, SCCC land state grants to help small biz

Hofstra University and Suffolk County Community College will split a $162,000 grant from Empire State Development to help aspiring small business owners. The funds will pay for counselors to help people interested in starting a small business. Topics include writing a business plan, obtaining loans and other financing and basic management. The program also helps minority- and women-owned businesses become certified to compete for government contracts and veterans wanting to start businesses. The schools have…


With $800 million at stake, let the games begin

It’s on: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday officially opened the seventh round of the annual Regional Economic Development Council competition, a statewide funding contest in which each of the state’s 10 economic-development zones wins, but some win more. This year, the 10 REDCs will be combing through individual project pitches and preparing master proposals for their slice of the chunkiest state pie yet: more than $800 million in economic-development resources, including grants, tax breaks and…


Best laid plans: Seven head to Albany for $100K shot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University showed off its innovation chops in this week’s regional round of the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Four of the seven teams selected to represent Long Island in the state finals, scheduled for April 28 in Albany, hail from Hofstra University, two from Farmingdale State College and one from Stony Brook University. The regional semifinal round was held April 4 at Farmingdale State in conjunction with Dare…


Getting excited about Hofstra’s ‘Startup Weekend’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A marathon business-development exercise with a global lineage will give Long Island entrepreneurs a commercialization crash course, with two feet on the accelerator. Hofstra University is scheduled to host Startup Weekend Long Island, a Friday-to-Sunday event uniting developers, designers and non-technical business types for 54 hours of product-pitching, business-forming and other commercialization essentials, with a healthy helping of mentorship and networking. The April 21-23 event is part of the Startup Weekend…


Following crash course, ParqMi shifts into drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // A software startup determined to help you find a parking space is hitting the gas. Fresh off a three-month stint at StartFast, the mentorship-driven “venture accelerator” in Syracuse, ParqMi – brainchild of Hofstra University graduates Stanley Schvartsberg, Jacqueline Hsu and Thomas Georgiades – is back on Long Island and shifting into gear. While perfecting its camera-and-app technology for finding open spaces in crowded public lots and parking garages, the new resident…


Hofstra, SCCC land entrepreneur training funds

Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College are in line for grants of about $81,000 each to help local entrepreneurs write business plans, attract financing and develop markets. The money comes from Empire State Development’s Entrepreneurship Assistance Program, which also helps women-owned businesses seeking contracts from government agencies and assists veterans looking to start their own firms. Hofstra and SCCC plan to use the funds to pay counselors during the 2016-2017 school year.


The Debrief: Seeds planted, now on to cultivation

When last we Debriefed Mark Lesko, the former assistant U.S. attorney and Brookhaven Town supervisor had just left his post as executive director of Accelerate Long Island (sorta) and taken the reins of Hofstra’s entrepreneurship efforts. He never really left Accelerate, however, and with the program morphing into the Accelerate NY Seed Fund and expanding its mandate to support startups in other downstate regions – and with eight months at Hofstra under his belt –…


Bionic hand, big stare top Hofstra pitch challenge

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed bionic hand and a digital-age update on the classic “staring contest” were the big winners Thursday at the Hofstra University CPXi Venture Challenge. The annual student business plan competition – sponsored by the university and Hofstra graduate Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based digital media company CPXi – doled out $50,000 through a series of mini-competitions and Thursday’s final round, in which six graduate student-level finalists…


Extended beta complete, meet Bettr for iOS

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bettr late than never. Originally scheduled to go live in December, Bettr – the social media-management app invented by Hofstra University chums James Knaus and Ashish Pandhi – has finally made its iOS debut. At least, its public debut: The free-download app that went live Tuesday in the iTunes Store has actually been in play for over a month, an extended invitation-only beta test that helped the creators make Bettr better….