Peter Goldsmith

Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Suffolk: Something co-working at Wyandanch Rising

By GREGORY ZELLER // The retail side of the Wyandanch Rising redevelopment project isn’t ascending as quickly as the residential side – but the imbalance has created a unique workforce-development opportunity, and Suffolk County is looking to pounce. The county on Friday applied to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for funding to open a technology-focused co-working operation in the Town of Babylon’s ambitious Wyandanch redevelopment project, a smart growth-fueled, mixed-use remaking of 142…


LISTnet’s bursting Ballpark adds new office

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re cramming them into the Digital Ballpark, the Long Island Software & Technology Network’s price-controlled Plainview co-working space. Currently juggling about 20 full-time residents, the Ballpark – a joint project with Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Infosys International, which owns the building at 100 Terminal Drive – is expanding. With more professional clients interested in the co-working facility’s private offices, shared spaces and tech-friendly…


LI Capital Alliance, LISTnet make it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two regional business-development groups with parallel ambitions – and a history of collaborative partnerships – have officially joined forces. The Long Island Capital Alliance, self-billed as Long Island’s “leading nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization,” has announced a “strategic partnership” with the Long Island Software & Technology Network, longtime advocate of the LI tech sector. The partnership is meant to bolster LICA’s connectivity with that rapidly evolving sector and avail LISTnet-connected companies –…


LISTnet to premier tech showcase program

LISTnet wants to make sure nobody gets lost in the shuffle. With Long Island wading deeper into an innovation economy, new tech and biotech enterprises form with regularity. But not every one of those startups arrives with fanfare or is fully recognized for its successes, even those launched by entrepreneurs who’ve enjoyed past fanfare and success – and the Long Island Software & Technology Network wants to give credit where it’s due. So LISTnet is…


Hot Spots program hot stuff for startups

Stony Brook University on Friday officially launched the region’s Innovation Hot Spot program, a state initiative that offers tax breaks, mentoring, education and business development help for startup companies housed in, or affiliated with a half dozen of the Island’s incubator programs. Administered by Empire State Development and run locally by SBU, the program exempts participating companies from state corporation and sales taxes for five years and provides reduced-rate patent services, help with grant writing…


LI Tech Day readies Nov. 10 bow

Billed as the region’s “biggest tech expo,” Long Island Tech Day is an opportunity for startups and established Island tech firms to showcase their tools and talents. Slated to run 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the county-owned Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Tech Day is expected to attract a capacity crowd of buyers, media types and “high-caliber investors,” according to the event’s organizers, which includes a team of executives who advise…


No strikeouts at LaunchPad NYIT pitch night

By GREGORY ZELLER // LaunchPad NYIT’s first pitch night was a hit. With an audience of about 100 packing the auditorium inside NYIT’s student innovation center, an entrepreneurial quintet – four from Long Island, one from New Jersey – pitched five very different ideas to a panel of judges, vying for a potentially lucrative appearance before the Long Island Angel Network. “It shows that the entrepreneurial spirit and ecosystem is alive and well on Long…


Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

A new LISTnet effort nurses baby startups

By GREGORY ZELLER // LISTnet has kicked off a networking and mentorship organization for the founders of local startups, and there’s no technical background required, despite its connection to the Island’s leading software dot-org. Called the Rising Founders Club, the invitation-only group brings together entrepreneurs across all sectors who are somewhere beyond the concept phase. “These are people who are active in the startup community and have shown they have something going already,” said LISTnet…


Ed Mangano

Mangano’s tech team eyes job fair

A technology-themed job fair, a potential tech trade show and new online-access options were among the ideas tossed around at the first meeting of Nassau County’s Tech Task Team. Under the working title “T-Cubed” (other names being considered include “Tech Island”), the team met April 1 at the Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, and while the kickoff gathering was largely organizational, insiders say it was also highly enthusiastic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano,…