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New York’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: A SyracuseCoE R&T Forum
February 18, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
It is an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in Central New York!
New York State offers a host of resources designed to enable new and existing businesses to become more competitive through manufacturing improvements and help with the development of innovative technologies and processes. Centers and programs that are supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) emphasize the importance of working with industry as a way to leverage New York State’s technology strengths to produce new products. The state also offers other innovation development support resources, including financial incentives to foster university collaboration, research and innovation.
Join us for a presentation from one of those ecosystem resources, FuzeHub, to learn more about their programs and resources for manufacturers in New York State. Julianne Clothier, FuzeHub’s Industry Engagement Manager, will share information about FuzeHub’s suite of programming designed to ignite growth and prosperity in New York’s manufacturing sector, one manufacturer at a time!
We will also be joined by Joe Dickson, CEO Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc., a SyracuseCoE Start-up Partner company based in Potsdam, NY. He will share how NYS supports and programs like the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund have given companies like Ducted Wind Turbines new opportunities for growth and success. Joe will speak from his broad 30-year experience working with six diverse startups within NYS’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This forum will be moderated by Laura J. Steinberg, Interim Executive Director, SyracuseCoE.
FuzeHub, Industry Engagement Manager
Julianne oversees the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund which is comprised of manufacturing grants, a commercialization competition and an innovation challenge. The Fund provides $1M annually to not-for profits, manufacturers and early-stage technology companies in New York. Julianne has over ten years of economic development experience and has worked on numerous microenterprise, business expansion, and infrastructure projects. She is a member of the Tech Valley High School Business Alliance and serves as a mentor, judge and panelist for numerous innovation and entrepreneurial programs. Julianne received her MBA from the University at Albany, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mercyhurst College and is a recent graduate of AlbanyCanCode -Front End Web Development.
CEO, Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc.
Joe Dickson, currently the CEO of Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc. and also recently served as a co-founder and the CEO of Pelitex, is a veteran entrepreneur who has served as the founder and/or senior C-Level executive of seven high-tech start-up firms across multiple industry and technology sectors during his 30-year career. His first start-up, a spin-out from GE, achieved a 100X ROI in 3 years. Since then he has been a part of 6 other start-ups across industry areas as diverse as advanced materials, IT, renewable energy, microelectronics, medical devices, and biotech.
Mr. Dickson has helped raise over $50MM in venture and private equity capital and also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He is an expert in business and financial modeling, market validation, strategic positioning, and business plan execution. Mr. Dickson has taught entrepreneurship at both Cazenovia College and Syracuse University and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Syracuse Citizen’s Foundation in 1992. Mr. Dickson has a BS in Chemistry from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Rochester.