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Empire State Development announces 2020 New York State Innovation Summit in the Mohawk Valley

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Tue, Feb 4th 2020 12:10 pm

Summit to bring together innovators, business leaders, state officials to accelerate tech-driven economic growth

Empire State Development announced the 2020 New York State Innovation Summit, which will take place in the Turning Stone Resort in Verona on Oct. 27-28.

The annual event brings New York’s technology companies, particularly startups, together and uses a series of speakers, breakout sessions and pitch sessions to encourage them to collaborate and advance new technologies in the state. It is organized by ESD’s division of science, technology and innovation (NYSTAR), and FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP). The 2019 summit, held in Rochester, attracted more than 500 innovators, business leaders and entrepreneurs, providing a boost to area hotels, restaurants and attractions.

ESD Acting Commissioner and President/CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “With its strengths in advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, aviation, nanotechnology and other high-tech industries, the Mohawk Valley is the perfect setting for our state’s brightest minds to convene. The game-changing ideas generated in Oneida County at the annual New York State Innovation Summit will accelerate New York’s already impressive economic growth and ensure the Empire State remains at the forefront of the innovation economy.”

At the Summit, NYSTAR and FuzeHub will feature advancements in technology and the latest innovation trends. This year, the summit will also serve as an opportunity to highlight the Mohawk Valley’s economic assets and talented workforce for business leaders and government officials from every corner of the state.

The 2020 Innovation Summit will focus on several key sectors of the state’s economy that are critical to sustained growth. They include:

•Advanced manufacturing

•Advanced materials

•Digital technology (A.I., big data, media and gaming technology)

•Clean technology, energy and environmental innovations

•Life sciences and biotechnology

•Nanotechnology, electronics, optics and photonics

NYSTAR Senior Vice President and Executive Director Matt Watson said, “NYSTAR provides an extensive network of resources, experts and programs to help companies adopt new technologies, foster innovation and invest in their workforces. We’re excited to create connections between New York’s innovative tech businesses to commercialize their research, grow and create jobs at the Innovation summit this year.”

FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc said, "The Mohawk Valley's vibrant technology ecosystem continues to grow stronger. With its diverse set of economic assets and emerging businesses, the region has what it takes to foster the tech sector's growth. The New York State Innovation Summit will showcase what's next for the Mohawk Valley and every region across the state, and it will help startups and manufacturers access the resources and connections they need to optimize their operations and create jobs."

Speakers and panelists for the 2020 New York State Innovation Summit will be announced in the coming months. Businesses that are interested in showcasing their technologies, products or services at the summit will be able to request to exhibit beginning in spring. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available.

For the latest on the summit and to be notified when registration opens, visit nysinnovationsummit.com.

For more information on FuzeHub, visit www.fuzehub.com.

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