March 6, 2014 – Growing Startups in the Southern Tier: Hot Spot and Beyond, Tom Schryver

Speaker T. Schryver

Tom Schryver, Executive Director, New Venture Advancement, Cornell University

As Entrepreneur in Residence, Tom’s responsibility is to help Cornellians start and grow companies. He has been directly involved in Cornell’s efforts in leading the application for the Southern Tier Regional Hot Spot, the construction of an Ithaca Incubator in partnership with Ithaca College and TC3 and Cornell’s participation in the Start-UP NY program. Tom is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies. He teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell and Ithaca College.

Presentation PowerPoint
Southern Tier Regional Incubation Plan

Binghamton University Downtown Center

Speakers – Tom Schryver (New Venture Advancement)
Attendees – Patricia Aukema (Elmira Business Institute), James Baumgartner (Nagare Consulting), Joel Boyd (City of Binghamton), Kimberlee Bush (Evergreene Graphics), Janice Cheng (Binghamton University), Robin Eccleston (STAHR), Michael Erb (FBM Mike Co.), Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), Howard Garrity (US SBA), John Hayek (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition), Brett Hoffmann, Steve Johnson (Riger Marketing Communications), Darlene Kanuk (SUNY Broome), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Susan McInvale (Binghamton University), Chuck Schwerin (Sonostics, Inc), Susan Sherwood (Center for Technology & Innovation), Jeff Smith (Endwell Rotary), Andrew Visser (Independent Software Engineer), Peter Walsh (Traditions at the Glen), Matt Walsh (Traditions at the Glen), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), Darren MacDonald (Upwordz Consulting), Tim McGuinness (VitalBriefing), Gordon Thompson (Coughlin & Gerhart), Ken Kamlet (Hinman, Howard & Kattell), John Duncan, Ben Giordano (Fresh Sites), Chuck Wheeler (Broome & Tioga BOCES), Joseph Ponzi (NYSERDA), Michael Straight (NYSERDA), Patty Gonz (Broome & Tioga BOCES), Cliff Olin (Olin Capital Advisors), Bill Ritter (SCORE), Lisa Altman (Binghamton University)


  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Speaker T. Schryver commenced presentation, starting with an overview on the collaborative efforts of Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the Southern Tier Regional Hot Spot. He identified opportunities and challenges within the region, and described work underway to address these issues and help startup companies capitalize on the innovation assets that exist.
  • Q&A session followed.
  • Extended Q&A session followed by conversation among attendees.