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Presenting The Innovation Challenge Winners!

Our Innovation Challenge at Marist College on September 14th was an enormous success. Thank you to all who attended!

We are grateful to Ross Media, who compiled this video footage of the event and to our very own CFO, Marilyn Yerks who captured these images throughout the evening.

The Finalists

Think DUtchess Innovation Challenge Semifinalists

The Winners

In the Young Business Category, the winner is Richard Romano of Screamin’ Onionz.

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Young Business Winner Screamin' Onions

Presenting a passionate presentation with a thorough go to market strategy and impressive footholds in place to propel his business forward, Screamin’ Onionz is the winner of a $1,500 check presented by William A. Smith & Son Insurance as well as other invaluable business services from our prize sponsors that will keep his business safely and smartly scaling as he continues to grow.

In the Pre-Venture Business Category, the winner is Danny Gonzalez of Facticiti.

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Pre-Venture Winner Facticiti

The Pre-Venture category was a neck-and-neck race between potentially disruptive technologies. Ultimately, Facticiti presented a strong assessment of the current landscape and the way this unique algorithm could change the way employees and employers search for jobs and candidates. Facticiti is the winner of $1,000 and business services from our prize sponsors. Additionally, the Pre-Venture Business will benefit from the increased exposure and connections to potential investors to spur their momentum.

The Judges

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Judges Garnet Heraman and Helene Rude
Garnet Heraman: Managing Director of Investment FuturesNYC, Founder Anvil Ventures and Helene Rude: Director Marist Cloud Computing and Analytic Center
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Judges Carl Meyer and Deforest Howland
Carl Meyer: Think Dutchess Board Chairman and President/CEO T-SEC, DeForest Howland: Business Development Executive at Ralph V Ellis Insurance

The Sponsors

We would like to thank our partner sponsor Marist College and our event sponsors Central Hudson, IBM, Key Construction Services, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region.  A special thanks to our prize sponsors: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Judelson, Giordano and Seigel CPA, PC, CUBE (Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law, Catskill Hudson Bank and to Tony Fareed of Marist College, Bridge Global Capital Group and 360 Acceleration, and Luke Stangel of Dandelion Energy who provided invaluable coaching and mentorship for our contestants.

The Event

Innovation Challenge speaker, Lawrence Singleton- Dean of the Marist College School of Management
Innovation Challenge speaker, Lawrence Singleton- Dean of the Marist College School of Management
Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee Innovation Challenge Prize Sponsor Jack Smith, W.A. Smith & Son Insurance
Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee Innovation Challenge Prize Sponsor Jack Smith, W.A. Smith & Son Insurance
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge CEO Sarah Lee and Judge Garnet Heraman
Think Dutchess CEO Sarah Lee and Judge Garnet Heraman of Anvil Ventures
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge
Marist students and Innovation Challenge committee member Jay Panteleo of Marist School of Management and the Marist Idea Lab.

 

 

Meet The Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists

Four Businesses Will Compete

It’s official!  The semi-finalists of Think Dutchess’ First Innovation Challenge have been announced!

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists

Pre-Venture Semi-Finalists

Facticiti Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist
Facticiti

“Facticiti is a solution for young adults with the desire to discover their passions and explore opportunities. At Facticiti, it’s about helping 100 million people to get excited about going to work every day.”

 

 

Lingofit/Telelingo Innovation Challenge Semifinalist
LingoFit by Telelingo

Telelingo believes that distracted driving is not only a problem, but it’s also preventable.  As a result, they created LingoFit- “a digital assistant using machine vision and AI to manage driver’s attention and drowsiness.” LingoFit aims to provide the ultimate co-pilot.

 

 

Young Business Semi-Finalists

screamin onionz logo innovation challenge semi-finalist
Screamin’ Onionz

 

“While others are trying to blow you away with the Hottest Heat,” Screamin’ Onionz decided that flavor was the most important aspect of a condiment. A versatile condiment “that’s kinda like onions in hot sauce, the focus is on the best flavor with the fewest ingredients and no added sugar.”

 

Finergy Innovation Challenge Finalist
Finergy

Finergy is a locally owned and operated company in Dutchess County.  “Finergy  provides services in areas such as; bookkeeping, invoicing, budget, forecast, gross profit analysis and many other financial tasks.”

 

Follow our contestants journey on Facebook and Instagram.  Also be sure to tune into Wake up with Rhinebeck Bank on HVNN on Sept. 4th to learn more about their business. Finally, watch all four compete live at Marist College on September 14th, and help determine the winner at the Innovation Challenge! Limited seats are available so buy your tickets now to influence innovation!

 

Success Stories: Niche Modern

Company Profile: Niche Modern

When Jeremy Pyles accidentally backed his company van into a brand-new Mercedes in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, he knew it was time for a change. Frustrated with the challenges of working and living in New York City―expensive rent, lack of available space, congested streets and a lifestyle constrained by urban confines―Jeremy began actively seeking new opportunities. After renting out a Hudson Valley home with his wife and young children as their “weekend escape,” he found Dutchess County.

Niche Modern in Beacon 2008

Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Niche Modern, a luxury lighting company which handcrafts stunning glass fixtures at their headquarters in Beacon, NY. Founded in 2003 as a retail store in New York City’s East Village, the company spent its formative years hopping around the city, including a stint at a warehouse in Brooklyn. After realizing that Niche couldn’t scale up successfully due to Brooklyn’s pricey location and poor logistics infrastructure, Jeremy and company relocated to Dutchess County in 2006.

Today, Niche produces their signature modern lighting in a 20,000 sq. ft. former bronze foundry in Beacon―a creative city where craft manufacturers are flourishing. Due to a growing number of employees, friends and neighbors also relocating from Brooklyn, Jeremy even jokes that Beacon is now nicknamed “NoBro”: the newest New York City neighborhood, just north of Brooklyn.

From chandeliers to pendants to table lamps, Niche Modern products are sold around the globe, with approximately 20 percent directly shipping to international markets. Niche’s work has been featured in top publications like The New York Times, ELLE Décor, Better Homes & Gardens and Dwell.

Niche_Modern_1Regardless of success, the company is still authentically dedicated to the Dutchess community. With a passionate motto of “made, not manufactured,” Niche proudly states that 100 percent of their products are handmade in Beacon, New York.

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction.

Think Dutchess Wins Three NYSEDC Awards!

Think Dutchess Alliance For Business

Winner of Three NYSEDC Marketing Awards

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – May 24, 2017 – Think Dutchess Alliance for Business announced today that it has been named a winner for in multiple categories of the New York State Economic Development Council marketing awards. The awards include wins for: Best in Class Website, Best In Class Multi-Media Advertising Video, and a Certificate of Excellence for the Think Dutchess Magazine Development Brochure.

 

NYSEDC has been the state’s principle organization representing economic development professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities for more than 40 years. The annual marketing awards are open to economic development organizations throughout the state in two budget categories and recognizes excellence in economic development marketing while encouraging creativity to impact community and business outlook.

 

“It is a great honor to receive these awards. Our goal at Think Dutchess is to advocate the existing assets of the business community and raise awareness to the endless possibility that Dutchess County holds” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “Creating these pieces serves as testament to the distinguished community we serve and the positive impact we create.”

 

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, N.Y. A business-led, nationally recognized organization, its mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy.

To learn more, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

Announcing the Innovation Challenge!

Th!nk Dutchess Alliance For Business

To Host The Innovation Challenge

 

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – April 10, 2017 – Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business announces The Innovation Challenge. An entrepreneurial competition for new and fledgling businesses in Dutchess County, this business accelerator and pitch competition sponsored by Th!nk Dutchess and its partners, supports the thought leadership and rapid economic development of the region. An array of prizes include cash, access to professional services, networking opportunities, an invitation to the Business Excellence Awards, and more to be announced.

The competition will feature two categories, Pre-Venture Start-Ups and Existing Business. Eligible applicants are Hudson Valley residents ages 18 and older with a pre-venture startup or existing business less than 3 months old. Applicants from any industry will be required to submit business plan summaries and an application on the Th!nk Dutchess website. Winners will present to a panel of highly respected local and regional judges September 14, 2017.

“Dutchess County thrives on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in the region. It is the mission of Th!nk Dutchess to empower businesses to develop and grow this talent,” stated Sarah Lee, CEO of Th!nk Dutchess. “Given our unique, ‘one-stop shop’ ability to provide a wealth of information that young and growing businesses need, we are thrilled to be able to host this event. This competition will help increase the awareness and opportunities for companies to engage individuals who offer unique perspectives and value propositions.”

Teams will be selected based on their business idea, skills, background, ability to execute and the likelihood that product or service will resonate within the market. Contest opens April 3, 2017. Application and business plan summaries must be submitted through the Th!nk Dutchess website by July 21, 2017 at 5pm. Official rules can be found at thinkdutchess.com

About Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business

Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, N.Y. A business-led, nationally recognized organization, its mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Th!nk Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy.

To learn more, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

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Contact Info: Rachel Welch Communications Coordinator, Th!nk Dutchess Alliance For Business 845-463-5400 ext. 5401

 

Success Stories: 4th State Metals

COMPANY PROFILE: FOURTH STATE METALS

What happens when two guys in Brooklyn – one an artist, the other an engineer – get together around some serious heavy machinery? 4th State Metals. And what happens when the original Brooklyn shop is rezoned and rents are raised? You open your next facility in Dutchess County, N.Y.

4th state metals

Dave Markusen-Weiss and Isaac Sprachmen are co-founders of 4th State Metals, an award-winning creative design and machinery firm with industrial, artistic and private clients looking to make a statement through engineering and design. After needing more production room beyond their Brooklyn footprint, 4th State Metals opened a second location in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in 2016.

Searching for space to design and create their larger pieces of art, they found a building that worked for their immediate production needs, with room to expand and grow their business. Choosing warehouse space along the Cottage Street Industrial District in Poughkeepsie allowed them to operate “in three times as much space at ten percent less of what they paid in Brooklyn.”

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With strong connections and customers in New York City and surrounding areas, 4th State Metals chose Dutchess County not only for the business-friendly costs, but also for the location. With Metro-North and Amtrak trains available for their customers and employees, as well as access to interstate highways like I-87, I-84 and I-95 for the logistics and distribution of materials and installments, the City of Poughkeepsie proved the ideal spot to take their business to the next level.

For more information on locating your business in Dutchess County, N.Y., contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, 845.463.5404, don@thinkdutchess.com

Check out the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine!

As we ethink-dutchess-magazine-covernter a new year and endure the winter doldrums, Think Dutchess is pleased to share the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine, a publication dedicated to sharing the success stories, development and innovation happening right here in Dutchess County.

On these pages, you’ll find profiles of some of our most creative entrepreneurs and leaders in both business and academia.

Whether it’s our legendary tech sector, anchored by IBM and GlobalFoundries, or our burgeoning agri-business industry changing the way people think about foodthink-dutchess-magazine-table-of-contents and drink, this magazine will give you an overview of the plethora of historic and new activity in Dutchess County.

With more than $3 billion in projects in development or under construction, Think Dutchess has positioned itself strategically to support and assist all businesses – from the garage based start-up to the large-scale research and development project.

Working successfully with businesses to find creative ways to structure and grow your organization, Think Dutchess provides a one-stop shop for getting started in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Of course, our stories are much better in person. If you’d like to visit Dutchess County or see some of our available properties, we’d be happy to arrange a tour.

#ThinkDutchess for business… and for life.

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