Commercialization Competition 2020

Judges

Colby Creedon

Colby Creedon
Commercialization Fellow
NYSTAR

Dan Rodomski

Dan Radomski
Advisor
Fuzehub

Fatin F. Haddad

Fatin F. Haddad
Attorney
Greenberg Traurig

Speakers

Julianne Clouthier

Linh Le
Founder and CEO
Flextrapower (formerly Bonbouton)

Devon Sutton

Souvik Paul
Founder
CathBuddy

Noa Simons

Tinia Pina
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Re-Nuble

Noa Simons

Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Executive Director
Blackstone Launchpad

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul
Lieutenant Governor
New York State

 

Judge Bios

Colby Creedon

Colby is a Commercialization Fellow at NYSTAR, where he helps early-stage companies by developing and enabling access to New York State’s technology and business development resources. Colby co-founded Glauconix Biosciences, a drug development company leveraging a platform tissue engineering technology to accelerate ophthalmic drug development. At Glauconix Colby helped secure early revenue and raise $1.2M in seed capital. After Glauconix Colby worked at the University at Albany where he collaborated with faculty to engage industry partners and commercialize atmospheric sciences-related technologies. After the University at Albany, Colby worked on the Technology to Market team at NYSERDA where he managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio of programs helping bring clean energy technologies to market. Colby is an attorney admitted to practice in New York, received his law degree from Albany Law School, and an MBA and BA from the University at Albany.

Dan Radomski

Dan is the Chief Strategy / Operating Officer for the Optimal Group, small businesses and start-ups focused on product development, competitive business strategy, product benchmarking, product development and engineering.  Dan also serves as an advisor to the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” products.

In his prior role as Vice President of Industry and Venture Development at NextEnergy, Dan led all market and technology analytic efforts to support the growth of early-stage and mature energy technology firms in areas such as wind, solar, advanced batteries, power electronics, vehicle electrification, smart grid, micro-grid, natural gas, and energy efficiency.  This included NextEnergy’s venture and incubator services, supporting the commercialization efforts of approximately 1,000 new developers of advanced energy technologies; and helping over 120 manufacturers successfully diversify into the clean energy supply chain.

Radomski frequently serves as an advisor, judge, mentor and committee member for regional and national accelerators and cleantech competitions, including TechStars Mobility, CleanTech Open, Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Accelerate Michigan, DTE E-Challenge, Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

Prior to NextEnergy Dan was co-founder of a clean energy technology consultancy with offices in Berkley, MI and Barcelona, Spain.  Dan also worked for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers on product development for advanced manufacturing technologies and disciplines including lean manufacturing, machining, fabrication, composites, micro- and nano-manufacturing.

Dan has served as a developer for DOE / Lawrence Livermore National Lab training curricula that educates product developers / companies with “hardware” based products on how to scale their business.  He has been an instructor and curriculum developer for DOE / ARPA-E I-Corps Program; and has served as an advisor for the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Clean Energy Economic Development Policy Academy program, and as a contributor to DOE’s Industry Peer and Annual Merit Review activities.

Fatin F. Haddad

Fatin Haddad focuses her practice on corporate transactions, counseling clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, corporate governance and other business transactions.

Prior to private practice, Fatin was a member of the in-house legal team of a U.S. energy company that completed the development, construction and sale of a wind farm valued at over $100 million. Fatin was later promoted to the company’s executive management team where she was responsible for structuring and negotiating the company’s commercial transactions as well as developing and implementing the company’s strategic business plan.

Fatin’s experience in business management and strategy has given her the unique opportunity to bring business acumen to her legal practice.

Speaker Bios

Linh Le

Linh Le is a chemical engineer by training. He has published multiple papers, participated in several international conference proceedings, and currently holds seven US patents. He founded Flextrapower, formerly Bonbouton, in 2015 — a technology platform for remote monitoring powered by the nanomaterial graphene. During Covid-19, their international team produced a graphene mask to cope with the pandemic and successfully distributed thousands of masks directly to consumers and businesses. Prior to Flextrapower, Linh received his MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and holds a BS in Chemistry from Vietnam National University.

Souvik Paul

Souvik Paul is the Founder and CEO of CathBuddy.  The company was a CNYBAC 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) graduate and is now a client tenant. While participating in the MDIC program, CathBuddy, Inc. also won a FuzeHub Commercialization Competition Grant.

The CathBuddy reusable urinary catheter technology provides a method for users to sterilize no-touch catheters between uses reducing their catheter supply costs and potentially improving user health The ultimate goal of CathBuddy, Inc.’s patented technology is to improve long-term urinary health through the implementation of reusable smart catheters that can gather key bladder and urine diagnostics repeatedly on a daily basis, allowing physicians to make personalized recommendations for patients.

 

Tinia Pina

Tinia Pina accepted her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006. She began her career in sustainability as a former student pursuing a Masters of Science degree at Columbia University prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., an agriculture technology company headquartered in New York City. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture, and urban resilience, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for ten years. Her professional interests focus on using unique and distributed technologies to extract the optimal value from organic waste streams for upcycling into value-added products for controlled environment agriculture.

Linda Dickerson Hartsock

Linda directs the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, Syracuse University’s innovation hub. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Whitman School of Management.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Linda was Vice President, Innovation and Technology, for CenterState CEO, a 12-county regional policy and development organization. She launched The Clean Tech Center, an award-winning NYSERDA-funded incubator, and also served as Director, Industry Collaboration, SyracuseCoE — a NYS Center of Excellence. In her role with CenterStateCEO, she managed the 35,000 sq ft Syracuse Tech Garden incubator/accelerator, including an award-winning student entrepreneurship program that was designated an U.S. EDA University Center.

Linda was a senior member of the state’s economic development team, serving as Regional Director for Empire State Development Corporation, and also served as President and CEO of an Upstate Industrial Development Agency.

A native of the Hudson Valley, she was President and CEO of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the region’s leading policy and development organization, spanning a nine county geography between Manhattan and Albany. She was also a long-time faculty member at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

She serves on numerous regional nonprofit boards, and is past chairperson of the Central New York Community Foundation. She sits on the executive board of the New York Business Development Corporation.

Linda is the recipient of numerous federal and state achievement awards, including the Inaugural Governor’s Quality Communities Award for Excellence, Empire State Development’s Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award, and the U.S. SBA’s Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. She is the winner of the North America Sustainable Enterprise Award from the Institute for Sustainable Development. She serves on numerous state task forces, advisory committees and corporate boards. 

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul began her career in public service on her local Town Board before serving as Erie County Clerk, and then as a member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District.

Since 2015, she has served as the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State government. Lieutenant Governor Hochul chairs the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils and spearheads the administration’s economic development and job creation efforts. Across New York, she works to champion policies to transform our economy including workforce development, job training, investing in Minority and Women Owned Businesses, and closing the gender wage gap. ​

2019 Awardees
Past Awardees: Commercialization Competition 2019

In November 2019, five companies were awarded $50,000 each and one was awarded $150,000 in FuzeHub’s third Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Commercialization Competition. Take a look at who took home awards.

Read the 2019 Announcement

2018 Awardees

Past Awardees: Commercialization Competition 2018

In November 2018, seven companies were awarded $50,000 each in FuzeHub’s second Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Commercialization Competition. Take a look at who took home awards.

Read the 2018 Announcement
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2017 Awardees

Past Awardees: Commercialization Competition 2017

In November 2017, five companies were awarded $50,000 each in FuzeHub’s first-ever Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Commercialization Competition. Take a look back on who took home awards.

Read the 2017 Announcement
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