Steven Bofill

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…


V-50 … Vengo! In a Blink, next-gen vendor expands

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island vending machine company with an innovative hook and a multimillion-dollar pedigree has expanded its dealings with a thriving multistate customer – and deployed its next-gen retail tech across one of the Island’s busiest campuses. Bethpage-based Vengo Labs LLC announced Thursday an “expanded partnership” with New York City-based Blink Holdings Inc., a 2010 startup dba Blink Fitness, with more than 90 health-and-fitness clubs open or in development in New…


The little vending machine that could

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “Shark Tank” success story that’s rewriting point-of-purchase logistics is coming home to Long Island. Brainstormed and birthed in Bethpage, Vengo – a wall-hugging dispenser packed with products and patents – is already redefining “vending machine” in hundreds of university corridors, health clubs and hotel lobbies. Now, Long Island City-based Vengo Labs LLC is narrowing its search for a Long Island home, and expects to announce a move soon. It will…