Andrew Hazen

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Albany’s color guard races to pace micro-clusters (Oct. 21) With…


Digital-gifting pioneer leads U.S. ‘Main Street’ mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // Regional innovation veterans have conjured a pandemic-approved small-business support system stretching from Main Street, Long Island, to Main Streets everywhere. Behold, OperationMainStreet.com, a free gift card directory from Huntington-based group-gifting pioneer eGifter that covers every U.S. state, county, city and ZIP code – a stacked deck for the little guy, with customers near and far encouraged to purchase gift cards that help mom and pop, and their employees, endure COVID-19’s quasi-quarantines….


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…


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…


At LaunchPad, not the same old crowd

LaunchPad’s monthly pitch nights are always populated with innovative thinkers promising economic innovation, and the latest installment was no exception. Among others, pitches came from George Kramer, founder and CEO of Bohemia veterinary-tech firm Ultravet Medical Devices, and Gary German, president of Nonnatech, a New York City provider of senior care-focused digital health solutions. But setting January’s pitch night apart, according to Andrew Hazen, founder of the LaunchPad chain of coworking spaces and CEO of…


Lesko, Brofman and cash prizes at Molloy pitch event

The popularity of the ABC’s Shark Tank has spawned a number of imitations, including flattery from LaunchPad, NYIT and Stony Brook University. The latest, organized by a Molloy student, will pit students from the Rockville Centre college against budding entrepreneurs from other Island schools on Nov. 17 at Molloy’s Madison Theatre. The prizes are relatively moderate – $1,000 total split among the top three pitchers, with first taking the $500 lion’s share – but the…


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…


At NYIT, LaunchPad gets back to basics

LaunchPad Long Island, the chain of independently operated co-working spaces, has wandered a little far afield from an original focus of tech-centric startups, but its latest space at NYIT Old Westbury’s campus will be hyper-focused on young companies working in Internet applications, bioengineering and other technology fields. “If you came to me with a consumer product like a new heel for a shoe, you might be able to get some desk space or help in Great…


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,…


CharityWait lands Angel Network funding

BY GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds/One Stone file comes CharityWait, a born-in-Nassau-County app that’s received a hefty six-figure investment from Angel Dough Ventures and the Long Island Angel Network. A spinoff of CEO and cofounder Daniel Reitman’s SmartLine app, CharityWait allows users to register at busy restaurants – basically, get in line for the next available table – with a charitable-donation option that bumps them to the front of the queue. It also gives…