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POSTPONED-Entrepreneurial info session June 26


Mohawk Valley Community College and its partners will be launching a new business incubator for entrepreneurs, helping local college students and graduates get the help they need to become successful in Central New York. There will be an introductory information session on the program this Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m., at Aqua Vino Restaurant in Utica. Interested entrepreneurs and mentors are invited to learn how they could help grow the start-up ecosystem in the Mohawk Valley.

“The degree is not the end of the commitment we have to our students and alumni. We have students at all stages of venture development—brand new to long standing family owned businesses,” said MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner Ph.D. “By inviting them into entrepreneurial support systems, we are being responsive to our students and the communities they live in.”

MVCC has partnered with Syracuse Student Sandbox, which caters to Central New York college students and has launched more than 100 companies since its inception in 2009. MVCC plans to convene partners to implement the same type of model in Oneida County, with the focus on supporting the ventures of local college students and alumni.

“Our students and alumni recognize the importance of venture creation to ensure the economic vitality of our region, and we want to help lead that success,” said Frank DuRoss, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at MVCC and the College’s point person on the incubator. DuRoss has recruited John Liddy, entrepreneur in residence at the Syracuse Student Sandbox, to assist in the process.

The MVCC incubator has recruited a handful of early teams from area colleges and is seeking to grow the number of participants. The space is located in historic Baggs Square and can hold up to 10 companies, depending on size. As part of being in the incubator, teams will have access to space, coaching, mentoring and shared services. The incubator is part of the F6S network, which can provide teams with perks and services worth up to $500,000.

For additional information about the incubator, John Liddy at