Brad Banikowski

Entrepreneurship Navigator

Empire State Development - NYSTAR


As Entrepreneurship Navigator for Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR), Brad provides guidance to companies in the NYS innovation ecosystem. Brad identifies promising startups in NYSTAR feeder networks and assists them with engaging incubators, accelerators, and other organizations to provide entrepreneurial training, develop commercialization roadmaps, and accelerate growth.

Brad has a diverse background, having worked with numerous startups and venture investors, and he is a Board member of the University of Rochester’s Simon School Venture Fund. Brad has an MBA from UR’s Simon Business School, an MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and a BA in Philosophy from Syracuse University.

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