SUNY Orange to Participate in Feb. 24 Event Via Interactive Video Room in Library of Middletown Campus

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will merge its newest technology with one of its newest partnerships on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when it will simulcast the Hudson Valley Center For Innovation’s “Entrepreneur’s Breakfast Forum” via interactive video teleconferencing capabilities recently installed in the Library on the College’s Middletown campus.

The Entrepreneur’s Breakfast Forum will originate from the seven21 Media Center in Kingston, N.Y., and will feature in-studio panelists Clayton Besch, representing New York State Technology and Research (NYSTAR), and David Hochman of the New York State Business Incubator Association (NYSBIA). In addition, Andreas Stefanidis, from the Young Entrepreneur's Association in Athens, Greece, will participate via video link. The trio will discuss “The State of Innovation and Acceleration,” beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Those who view the event from the College’s Interactive Video Room in the Library will also have the chance to participate in the discussion, thanks to SUNY Orange’s video teleconferencing technology. Students and faculty, as well as members of the general public, are invited to attend, although seating is very limited. A light breakfast will be provided. The event is free.

At NYSTAR, Besch’s specialties include business development; early stage due diligence and investment; corporate development; emerging markets equity research; and Japanese equity research. Hochman has been the business incubator association’s chief advocate and has testified at several government hearings on entrepreneurship and the roles of incubation and high-level academics in New York State. He also acts as the catalyst for all of the association’s statewide activities.

“As a recent participant in an HVCFI breakfast, I can attest to the value and quality of the speakers, programming and overall educational experience,” said Dr. William Richards, president of SUNY Orange. “We are thrilled to host this webcast in our Interactive Video Room, which was designed for just this purpose. This also allows us to bring relevant business discussions and topics to the College, where they are readily accessible to our faculty and students.”

Les Neumann, the Managing Director of HVCFI said, “We are very excited and pleased that we continue to attract quality speakers to inform and educate Hudson Valley business people on issues of technology, innovation and sustainability. This month’s breakfast reaches across the Atlantic Ocean to learn about technology developments and innovation from the European perspective. By employing the digital technologies we wholeheartedly support and endorse, the world will link with Orange County and all of our webcast locations.”

In November 2009, SUNY Orange, the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center and the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation officially formalized a partnership designed to foster the ongoing development of a renewable energy and energy sustainability cluster in the Hudson Valley. The collaboration will seek to unite the technology-specific business acceleration programs of the Center for Innovation (HVCFI) and the economic development expertise of the Technology Development Center (HVTDC) under an educational umbrella provided by the academic and workforce development curricula of SUNY Orange.

In addition, the HVCFI will bring its WindPower Initiative (WPI) to the partnership, allowing the group to use the College’s campuses in Middletown and Newburgh as “research laboratories” for the testing and development of reliable wind power technologies.

For more information on the Entrepreneur’s Breakfast Forum, contact Les Neumann at (845) 943-5660.

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Mike Albright
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