SYRACUSE — The Genius NY program, the business accelerator program at The Tech Garden in Central New York and said to be the largest unmanned systems accelerator in the world, has opened its applications to include startups in big data such as smart cities, cybersecurity and the internet.
Applications are open through Oct. 1, according to the program announcement.
The program invests $3 million in five early stage companies each year, while also providing incubator space, business programming, mentors and advisers, and resources.
Now in its third year, it has already invested $9 million in 17 startups.
To apply to Genuis NY, visit www.geniusny.com.
The program aims to better leverage other regional initiatives, including the proposed Syracuse Surge and Smart Cities Initiative, announced this year.
Syracuse Surge encompasses more than $200 million of public and private investment to prepare Syracuse for the Next Economy.
The Smart Cities Initiative involves replacing all the city’s streetlights with energy efficient light-emitting diodes that can connect to a variety of devices to help the city collect data and provide broadband access.
“We know that the future of the UAS industry includes data collection, storage and cybersecurity. Expanding the application criteria to include these complementary industries to the UAS field gives Genius NY a more diverse cohort of companies that can support and advance one another and not overlap,” said Jon Parry director of the Genius NY program.