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Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Million Grand Prize Winner Of GENIUS NY, The World’s Largest UAS Business Competition

Sentient Blue GENIUS NY Finals Night

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the winner of the $1 million grand prize from Round Three of the GENIUS NY accelerator is Sentient Blue, a team from Italy. The GENIUS NY program is the world’s largest business competition focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors. EagleHawk from Buffalo, Vermeer from Brooklyn, Resilienx from Syracuse and Civdrone from Israel each were awarded investments of $500,000.

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GENIUS NY Increases Investments in Program’s Third Round

Five companies will now receive $3 million in investments and participate in a year-long accelerator Teams will compete for one of five investments including a $1 million top prize and four awards of $500K each. Syracuse – GENIUS NY, a business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden, announced a new investment structure for round…

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Round Three of GENIUS NY Competition Announced

Applications Open For Round Three of the World’s Largest Drone Competition Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that applications are now open for the third round of GENIUS NY– the world’s largest business competition focused on unmanned systems. Building on regional industry strengths and emerging opportunities, the business competition targets companies in the unmanned aerial, ground, and…

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GENIUS NY Awards Six UAS Companies A Total of Nearly $3 Million

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the winner of the $1 million grand prize from Round II of the GENIUS NY accelerator is Fotokite, a team from Switzerland. The initiative is one of the world’s largest business competitions focused on unmanned systems. ​ GENIUS NY, a year-long business accelerator, awarded six finalist teams a total of nearly…

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Six New Teams Announced for Second Round of GENIUS NY UAS Focused Accelerator

During the Innovation Celebration event last night six new teams were announced as finalists for the second round of the GENIUS NY program. They will move into The Tech Garden in January to begin competing for $3 million in prizes. The companies, which are developing innovations in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), were selected from a…

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GENIUS NY Announces sixteen Semi-Finalists Companies in Unmanned Systems to Compete for Investments totaling $3 Million

GENIUS NY, a business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden, announced sixteen teams are semi-finalists in the competition’s second round. The companies, which are developing innovations in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, were selected from a highly-competitive pool of more than 250 submissions to compete for $3 million in investments. Of the sixteen…

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GENIUS NY 2.0 Gaining Global Attention

On the heels of GENIUS NY’s round 1 success, the program is seeing ongoing interest from companies across the globe as it closes its application period for a second round of funding. GENIUS NY received more than 250 submissions for next year’s competition and has gained stronger brand awareness in the global unmanned aerial systems…

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First Part of 50-Mile Central New York Drone Air Corridor Launched

Rome, N.Y. — Officials on Thursday launched what they touted as the first air corridor in the nation where unmanned aerial vehicles can safely fly beyond line of sight for testing and development. The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or Nuair, officially activated the corridor by flying a manned aircraft and a small drone…

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Why the CNY Ecosystem and Upstate Revitalization Initiative Matter

From subsidies to startup programs, boosting the economic development of an entire region is a complex task. In Upstate New York, where job growth is more modest than the national average, revitalizing the region is a primary goal of business and community leaders. In January 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo—along with other leaders in…

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