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About Us

Our mission is to promote economic development in New York State by bringing together companies and university researchers who have areas of common interest and encouraging collaboration through funding and outreach.

Over the past ten years, CEIS funding has been leveraged to generate over $702 million in economic impact and the creation of 239 new jobs. By bringing together multiple universities, companies, government agencies, and economic development organizations in a collaborative environment, we provide leadership in the identification and realization of technology-driven economic development in the Finger Lakes region.

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News & Events

June 25, 2019

Light and Sound Interactive

We are excited to announce the upcoming Light and Sound Interactive (LSI). Taking place June 25th-27th, the high tech conference will have many amazing keynote speakers and interesting tracks to be a part of! Registration is going fast so be sure to sign up. 

For more information here is local coverage of the upcoming event.  

June 17, 2019

Luminate Round III Applications Being Accepted

Following the great successes of Luminate Rounds I and II and their impacts on the Finger Lake Tech Community, Governor Cuomo announces that applications are now being accepted for Luminate Round III! Applications are open nation wide until September 23, 2019 with large incubator and cash prizes reaching $1 million awarded.

Also, be sure to join us for Luminate, Light Tomorrow with Today, Demo Day June 27th. 

To learn more about the program and awards, click here.


May 8, 2019

New Work Force Development Initiative

As part of Governor Cuomo’s transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs.

Utilizing the CFA serving as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, applicants will no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects will use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive.

The CFA system is also the mechanism for Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) project sponsors to submit applications. 

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CEIS-CAT Announcement

CAT Renewal Poster

Since 1992, CEIS has been designated as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). As a CAT, we have worked to support collaborative projects between private entities and university researchers. Over the last ten years we have supported nearly 300 projects in an incredibly diverse range of interests which have generated over $700 million in direct, measurable, economic impact, creating some 200 jobs, and retaining another 239.

We are proud to announce that New York’s Empire State Development has chosen CEIS from an incredibly competitive field to continue as a Center for Advanced Technologies for another ten years in our focus area of photonics and imaging science systems.

In this transitional period, we think it is appropriate to look back and highlight some of the incredible work our partnering organizations and primary investigators have done in the last year, as well as looking forward to the future and the arrival of AIM Photonics.

This is a very exciting time for us, and we are happy to say that the future looks ever better and ever brighter here in Rochester.  Check back to learn what projects will be funded in the Center’s new CAT cycle as well as exciting developments in photonics, and Rochester’s photonics community.

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