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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…


For those with ‘charging anxiety,’ a lite in the dark

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is no AAA battery – a Long Island City startup with Long Island connections is bringing its field-tested “charge-sharing” tech straight to The Show. Hoplite Power, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program proliferating rechargeable smartphone battery packs and a network to rent and return them, is set to join the New York Mets just in time for the Amazins’ unlikely playoff run, with five “Hoplite…


Debrief: Innovations past and future, with Marc Alessi

  Arguably the hardest-working man in Long Island innovation, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi enjoys a singular socioeconomic viewpoint. The entrepreneur and champion of 5G connectivity has had a productive year as both executive director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State and executive director of Shoreham’s Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, all while leading his 2014 advanced-scanning startup SynchroPET to the edge of commercialization and chairing Campolo, Middleton & McCormick’s…


For LI entrepreneurs, a bevy of biz-building resources

By PHIL RUGILE // I’ve talked a lot about how startups can utilize physical spaces and how, as region, we need more centers for innovation. But meanwhile, we already have dozens of startups popping up every month – and they won’t necessarily wait around for the right space or support. If there’s no easy way to find what they need, they’ll go somewhere they think can assist them. In our case, that typically means a…


Island finally finds its footing on the co-working path

By PHIL RUGILE // Helping new companies get started has become a big part of the “Startup Economy.” Investopedia defines a startup as “a company that is in the first stage of its operations,” often bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders, who are attempting to capitalize on a new product or service. It’s no easy task. Until you’ve experienced the terror of being an entrepreneur – of struggling to convince your target market of your product…


Seeing the innovation economy in black and white

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a true first for the Long Island innovation economy, an historically underserved population of regional entrepreneurs will step up to the plate Thursday night at LaunchPad Huntington. In conjunction with the 501(c)3 organization Minority Millennials, LaunchPad Huntington Director Phil Rugile has scheduled Ideas Impacting Culture: Minority Millennial Pitch Night, a chance for several non-white innovators to pitch products and services to a panel of established business professionals, also comprised of…


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…