On October 25th and 26th, FuzeHub hosted the New York State Innovation Summit, part of the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR) annual meeting. This annual event brought 550 attendees to two days of innovation, networking, and education at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, NY.
Over two days, nearly 100 exhibitors had the opportunity to showcase their innovative projects to our attendees in the North Hall. On Day 1, Elizabeth Lusskin (Executive VP, ESD, Division of Small Business & Technology Development) and Matt Watson (Senior VP, ESD, and Executive Director, NYSTAR) welcomed attendees to the summit before heading into our first set of breakout sessions. This year’s sessions ranged from cybersecurity to advanced materials all the way to battery and energy storage.
Day One capped off with our semiconductor executive roundtable featuring leaders from companies that are developing and applying microelectronics technologies here in the Empire State. After the roundtable we invited Hope Knight (President, CEO and Commissioner of Empire State Development) to close out our day with her keynote address, leading us into the grand reception in the North Hall.
During Day One and Day Two, FuzeHub’s Commercialization Competition was in full swing. Companies throughout New York State competed to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product. This year offered the largest amount of money that has ever been awarded to competing companies: $500,000 in total. Our grand prize winner Farm to Flame Energy received $150,000 to help them bring their biomass technology to more communities.
As an event with so much impact takes time, effort, and a lot of planning, we’re already getting ready for 2023. We hope you will join us for next year’s Innovation Summit next October in Saratoga Springs, NY. Visit the Innovation Summit Page for more information, and make sure to follow FuzeHub on social media for continued updates.