GENIUS NY Program Announces 13 Semifinalists in This Year’s Competition

Posted on July 1, 2021

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Genius NY, a business-accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden, on Tuesday announced 13 teams as semifinalists in the competition’s fifth round.

Genius NY stands for Growing ENtrepreneurs & Innovators in UpState New York.

The program selected the companies from a pool of nearly 600 submissions from more than 50 countries, CenterState CEO said.

Of the 13 semifinalists, five teams are from across New York state and five are international teams representing Germany, Israel, Poland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, respectively.

The firms involved are focused on sectors that include unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), internet of things (IoT), and big data industries.

The semifinalists listed alphabetically are:

  • Airial Robotics (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Airtonomy (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
  • Airwayz (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Birdstop (San Francisco, California)
  • CarScanner (Krakow, Poland)
  • Circle Optics (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Fusion Engineering (Delft, Netherlands)
  • Organic Robotics (Rochester, New York)
  • Reign Maker (New York City)
  • Robodub (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • SmartSpace AI (Costa Mesa, California)
  • Voltela (New York City)
  • Windshape (Geneva, Switzerland)

Read the full article on The Central New York Business Journal's website, here.

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