2021 Event Agenda

Sunday, November 7 • Pre-Session

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

NYSTAR Center Program Meetings

NYSTAR Funded Centers Only

Monday, November 8 • Day 1

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

General Session, Breakouts and Exhibits

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Tuesday, November 9 • Day 2

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

General Session, Breakouts, Exhibits and Commercialization Competition Awards

Planned Breakout Session Topics

Leveraging NYS Programs for Growth

Across New York State, a range of state and local economic development organizations play a vital role in business retention and expansion. They’re often the first call for a company or entrepreneur seeking technical assistance and financial incentives to grow their businesses. Hear from panelist about how these groups support the growth of New York State’s manufacturing and technology sectors, generating high-paying jobs and shaping our state’s economic future and competitiveness.

The Capital Landscape: Funding Technology Innovation

In this session, panelists will discuss key elements of the capital raising landscape. Whether your business is still developing its new technology, proving its feasibility, evaluating new markets, or enjoying a growth trajectory, it’s critical to understand the full marketplace of capital funding and how to position yourself for outside investment. Hear directly from start-ups that have obtained the financing they needed to start and grow their companies, including through government grants, angel capital, venture capital, small business loans, and private equity.

2021 FuzeHub Commercialization Competition

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub holds an annual Commercialization Competition. Companies throughout New York State compete to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product, with an opportunity to win up to $50,000. This competition is intended to help small and medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies further develop their prototype in an effort to pursue additional investment and customers as well as strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies, as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

The Future of Advanced Electronics and Packaging
Panelists will share their insights into the novel approaches and materials that will shape the future of electronics packaging and manufacturing. They’ll also discuss key emerging application areas like flexible electronics, collaboration with customers on design to accelerate path to market, and industry trends including multi-sourcing.

Sustainability in our Water and Food Systems
New York State has a wealth of water resources, and they are strategically important to our global economic position, including the productivity of our prime farmland and food industries. The health of our water systems and our agricultural economy are inextricably linked. In this session, you’ll hear about innovations that protect our waters and promote sustainable food production.

Manufacturing’s Post-COVID Future
The pandemic has created significant operational, supply chain, and market disruptions for manufacturers in 2020. Lowered demand and new safety requirements have been costly, but crisis is also generating innovation. Manufacturing representatives will discuss the emerging strategies that are defining their companies’ future and shaping the U.S. industrial recovery, including reimagining supply chains, pursuing new markets, and adopting high-tech solutions on their shop floors.

A Quantum Leap for New York
Quantum technologies will enable revolutionary advances in sensing, computing and communication. They hold the potential to exponentially increase today’s computing capabilities and change the paradigm of communication, making it possible to address much more complex issues than what we can tackle today – from more effective drug discoveries and deep learning to highly secured communications. Achieving breakthroughs in quantum technologies is of paramount significance for the security and economic competitiveness of New York State and our nation. In this session, you’ll hear from organizations that are enabling leading-edge quantum technology development and preparing the future workforce for the emerging quantum information and communications industries.

Tech-Driven Industry Change
Factory floors across New York State are adopting a range of “smart” and digital technologies that leverage data and even artificial intelligence to increase efficiency, improve sustainability, and make better real-time decisions. Hear from companies and experts about harnessing sensors, data, the Industrial Internet of Things, and AI to enable agile production, predictive maintenance, and other competitive advantages.

Biotechnology, Medical Technology, & Personalized Medicine

New York State is home to a world-class life sciences research and industry cluster, propelled by innovative companies and public-private partnerships that are accelerating developments in diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, and related products. The strong global growth of the healthcare sector continues to present opportunities for companies that offer technologies and products that improve human health, including the use of biotechnology to advance personalized medicine.