LaunchPad Long Island

Debrief: Michael Chiang, mic’d up at Stony Brook SBDC

  Michael Chiang didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. But firsthand exposure to Baruch College professors who were also successful entrepreneurs changed his mind (and his major), instilling a desire to “create something that impacts the lives of many people.” Flash forward: The Long Island native, Baruch grad (BBA, entrepreneurship, business law and mathematics) and Kickstarter success story has done that, as the creative force behind FitBark, MatchPuppy and other commercial successes, (including his…


USPTO, regional forces unite for Long Island inventors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovators, assemble – the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island. In another bringing-the-mountain-to-Mohammed moment, the USPTO is partnering with Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on an Inventors Day specifically for Long Island innovators – a day-long whirlwind of panels and presentations covering new ideas, product development, licensing, manufacturing and more. Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 1…


Because wealthy entrepreneuers need a hand, too

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “flip” came around 2014, after Ashley John Heather and his wife, Diana, welcomed their third child. Heather, a Brit who emigrated to the United States around 2000, had lived his entire U.S. life in New York City. But it was two years since he’d sold his successful e-commerce startup Dotbox to NYC holding company MDC Partners, about that long since he’d bought the house in the Hamptons, a few too…


Long Island internships, new and improved

By GREGORY ZELLER // New year, new milestone for Savvy Hires, which has launched what may be the nation’s first “internship collective.” Just weeks after announcing a partnership with Adelphi University, Northwell Health and others to create a hiring “pipeline” for autistic college graduates, the Westbury-based recruiting firm has noted a new collaboration with LaunchPad Long Island aimed at perfecting the internship process. The basic idea: deliver the benefits of top-rate, potential-hire interns and a…


Pitch Night heralds latest LI LaunchPad

By GREGORY ZELLER // The newest member of the LaunchPad Long Island family will celebrate its grand opening with a showcase of regional innovation. LaunchPad Westbury, an 8,000-square-foot co-working space carved out of the 180,000-square-foot office complex at 1025 Old Country Road, officially opens for business Monday. The sixth Long Island facility to wave the LaunchPad flag will mark its debut Monday evening with its first Pitch Night, a “Shark Tank”-like event placing four early-stage…