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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

High Tech Rochester recognized for its EIR program

High Tech Rochester's Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program was recognized as one of three EIR programs with industry best practices at the recent International Conference on Business Incubation.  Additionally, HTR's EIR program is featured in a new book from the National Business Incubation Association entitled "Best Practices in Action: Guidelines for Implementing First-Class Business Incubation Program."

HTR began its EIR program in 2002, with a goal of improving startup company success by connecting experienced entrepreneurs with fledgling new firms. EIRs are typically successful entrepreneurs who have cycled out of their most recent companies, and are interested in giving back to the community by helping new companies. Since the program was started, HTR EIRs have assisted dozens of local startups, through coaching, mentoring, and in some cases, by taking the reigns as full-time CEOs - such as at New Scale Technologies, Adarza BioSystems, Diffinity Genomics, and SiMPore.

The International Conference on Business Incubation is an annual event hosted by the National Business Incubation Association, the world's leading organization advancing incubation and entrepreneurship. NBIA has over 1,900 members worldwide, and this year's conference drew attendees from more than 40 countries.

About High Tech Rochester

HTR is a non-profit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based growth in the Greater Rochester, NY Region. HTR manages two startup business incubators - the Lennox Tech Enterprise Center and the Rochester BioVenture Center - and works with small manufacturing companies to help them become more competitive, through operational improvement and new growth strategies.

HTR serves as the NYSTAR-designated Regional Technology Development Center for the Rochester / Finger Lakes region, through which it operates programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Learn more at: