Covey Attends Demo Days at the Griffiss Institute

Six startups competed for the chance to win startup seed money at the AFRL Commercialization Academy’s Demo Days at The Griffiss Institute this past week. The competition gave the teams the opportunity to win up to $200,000 in startup funds from IDEA NY  Mohawk Valley, an accelerator to encourage startups and business growth in the region. Local supporters of the 2019 Commercialization Academy are M&T Bank , National Grid, and NYSTEC.

IDEA NY Mohawk Valley is a 12-month accelerator focused on various tech startups in the Mohawk Valley. The program was created with the funding of New York State grant to revitalize Upstate NY with $2 million in funding provided by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Griffiss Institute partnered with Wasabi Ventures who has helped as an accelerator for over 200 business startups over the past decade.

The grand prize of $200,000 was awarded to the startup Go Figure, a contractor’s mobile office app, from Utica NY. Second place went to SkyTubeLive, real-time, live streaming, application for drone video, from Oneida NY. The remaining teams were given $8,000 to help cover the cost of startup and incubator fees.

Other startups who competed were:

Tooling Intel: “Bring real-time global tooling asset visibility and predictive tooling analytics to all corporate stakeholders” Tooling Intel is located in Yorkville NY. Our President Jason Covey is also partnered with this company. We are extremely excited to work with Paul and his team on this great venture.

Cyber Defense Network Adapters: “CDNA provides a diverse set of cyber-protection and sits inline with your network connection, intercepting threats before reaching the host system”. CDNA is located in Oriskany NY.

E-Health Now: “E-Health Now is the first platform that exclusively focuses on optimizing the management plans for cancer patients in China. From initial virtual tumor board joint consultations, treatment delivery, to follow-up care, we bring world-class cancer care to Chinese cancer patients.” E-Health Now is located in Philadelphia PA.

Stonewall Defense: “Stonewall Defense is a defense contracting firm based in upstate New York and founded by prior military service members who saw the need to provide our warfighters with practical solutions to meet their needs.” Stonewall Defense is located in Watervliet NY.

The Griffiss Institute and IDEA NY Mohawk Valley are a couple of amazing programs focused on economic development in the Mohawk Valley. We are proud to be a part of this community and look forward to sponsoring events like Demo Days, such as Hackathon XIII in Syracuse, where we can help Upstate NY and Central NY grow its economy. To learn more about The Commercialization Academy email them here.

You can see WKTV’s coverage of the event below as well.