startups

What’s your story? Podcast producers, fans are all ears

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world where podcasts – now 1.5 million globally, featuring some 34 million episodes – are Short Attention Span Theater’s undisputed main attraction, the challenge is clear for entrepreneurs and other bootstrappers eager to get in the game: Record them cheaply, engineer them professionally, promote them well. Enter the Huntington-based Communication Strategy Group , a circa-2005 multimedia agency that broke into the podcast business about 18 months ago with its…


With impressive speed, MachWall CONNECT has landed

By GREGORY ZELLER // If there’s one thing that’s going to bring society together again in the Age of Coronavirus, it’s building a wall. In fact, a whole bunch of them. That’s the ironic conclusion drawn by Bridgehampton-based MachWall LLC, which turned directly to science to figure out what the “new normal” would really require, applied what it learned to existing patents and is now way out in front when it comes to communal space…


At Hofstra, getting pretty good at this pandemic pivot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Still planning an in-person grand finale for October, one of Hofstra University’s most popular entrepreneurship efforts has transitioned – smoothly, if temporarily – to a virtual format. Hofstra’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge has performed the pandemic pivot, with a full week of online mentorship and study commencing Monday for 31 participating healthcare startups, including four based on Long Island. Engaging them online is an impressive cross-section of health, law and med-tech…


With FluChecker, a doctor in every house (virtually)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chelsea Health Solutions was remotely diagnosing symptoms before remotely diagnosing symptoms was cool. Now, with a global pandemic spreading, it’s ready to rock. Founded in New York City in 2017 by surgeon/entrepreneur Soumi Eachempati and multiple investor partners, including other healthcare professionals, the startup creates AI-powered mobile apps that serve as surrogate doctors, helping potential patients determine if they need to see a specialist, speed to the emergency room or simply…


After successful seed, Qunnect set for ludicrous speed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking another quantum leap for cybersecure long-distance communications, a high-tech Stony Brook University spinoff has completed a key financing round. Qunnect LLC, a 2017 startup launched by a Stony Brook PhD and the head of the university’s Quantum Information Technology Group, has closed its $800,000 seed round, an oversubscribed financing cycle backed by the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, French venture-capital fund Quantonation – the first VC fund dedicated to quantum technologies…


‘Out There’ innovator thinks outside the box, and office

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wall Street success seemed assured. But for Anthony Capellupo, the truth was out there. Literally (the innovator “grew up on the water”), figuratively (“I was always trying to finish work early, so I could get home and go fishing or whatever”) and now commercially, as the young entrepreneur adds his own breath of fresh air, Out There Apparel, to the great outdoors. “Established” in 2018 and officially incorporated in April, the…


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…


Hofstra helps healthcare startups meet their matches

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau University Medical Center hosted a healthcare summit on Wednesday that put up-and-coming healthcare entrepreneurs in front of two important audiences. The innovators, all participants in Hofstra University’s federally funded Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, met with decision-makers from large-scale health systems and Long Island residents – the people most likely to need their products – in a “Customer Discovery Day” conference designed specifically to inform the entrepreneurs during their early-stage formations….


To avoid legal pitfalls, startups need the right guides

By EUGENE BARNOSKY // Chances are, as you prepare to launch your startup company, you will be eager to attack and complete the projects on your to-do list: draft a business plan, build a website, design a workspace, create a logo, brand your company, all tasks that most new entrepreneurs undertake with enthusiasm. But many overlook the legal issues that could be critical to a smooth takeoff. Maybe because they don’t stir the creative juices….


BioPosture: Septuagenarian entrepreneurs bounce back

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Going in Style File comes Sleep BioLogics Inc., a startup from two 70-something entrepreneurs who wouldn’t take retirement lying down. Actually, Sleep BioLogics is a 2018 reinvention of a 2016 startup, RV Winkle LLC, which itself was a “bed in a box” enterprise several years in the making. It all started because Irwin Pearl and Tom Williams, who’d both enjoyed long and successful business careers, weren’t ready to call…


Reality bites, MunchMoney pivots, tummies applaud

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Office of Sticktoitiveness comes Chris Kane and MunchMoney Inc., makers of a rewards-based group-purchasing app that whittled down an overdose of functionality to focus on one bright vertical – and has ridden that strategy to an impressive national launch. When last we left Kane, the James Madison University graduate and hungry entrepreneur was preparing for a pilot launch of MunchMoney, flagship app of the 2017 startup created by the…


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…


A healthy startup with roots, from Long Island to Peru

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Chris Cianciulli more than two decades to find his true calling – but when he did, it couldn’t have been any sweeter. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Cianciulli, founder of Plainview-based TraLa LLC and creator of its flagship organic coffee sweeteners, explored many possibilities over a quarter-century of professional development. But it wasn’t until he came across a little-known South American plant – and unlocked a potentially…


In U.S. first, French phenom spreads its bread to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re still clinging to those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, better stay out of Great Neck. Marie Blachère (bring your French dictionary, the U.S. website is still under construction), a wildly popular French bakery boasting 500 locations throughout its home country, is warming up its first U.S. location: a two-story, 25,000-square-foot eat-in market on Middle Neck Road in the Nassau County village. Set to open this month, the new eatery essentially…


Saving the planet from the ground up, literally

By GREGORY ZELLER // Allied Microbiata didn’t win 76West – but being a finalist in the innovative state-funded competition, which stimulates the clean-energy economy across the Southern Tier, wasn’t too shabby. A ground-level effort in more ways than one, the 2017 startup is an early-stage bootstrapper with ties to Stony Brook University and Columbia University, on a primary mission to remediate soils and sediments tainted by toxins. And the graduate of the PowerBridge NY program…