Officials visiting Massena, Ogdensburg every week to encourage startups of tech-based businesses
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:11 am

Officials tasked with helping tech startups are visiting Ogdensburg and Massena weekly to find and encourage potential new businesses to locate in the community through the state’s Innovation Hot Spot Program.

Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation aims to bring together institutions, agencies, and businesses in the area to create an environment of innovation.

The North Country region’s economic development council was designated a “Hot Spot” through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s regional economic development council initiative.

The Shipley Center and its Peyton Hall Incubator administer state Innovation Hot Spot funds to advance technology transfer and support all aspects of startups and expansion in the North Country.

The program hopes to nurture new startups and direct successful entrepreneurs into New York State’s new START-UP NY program, which gives startups the chance to operate tax-free for 10 years on eligible campuses and spaces in New York State.

The offices in the two St. Lawrence County locations will be open one day per week and staffed by a start-up professional who will meet with entrepreneurs who have ideas for new businesses and need assistance. They will be able to help with an array of resources including things such as how to form a corporation or develop a business plan to commercialize their products.

"The North Country has a wealth of human capital and we seek to harness this resource to bootstrap economic development by building our own ideas into companies, jobs, and wealth that stays in the region," said Matthew E. Draper, deputy director of the Shipley Center.

For a startup to find an incubator, the program has launched a website that includes the locations, vetting criteria, and the proposal. It is also now accepting ideas from the region to start the program. For more information, go to www.northcountryhotspot.com.

The Innovation Hot Spot team will be visiting this week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 351 E. Orvis St., Massena and Friday, Aug. 1 at 120 Chimney Point Drive Suite B, Ogdensburg.