Governor Cuomo Announces Almost 200 Applicants for Round One of Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition

July 29, 2019

Submissions Were Received from 23 States and 16 Countries; One-third of Applicants Are Female

The Food and Agriculture Industry Competition Is Funded through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives - Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising, and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies Aimed at Revitalizing Communities and Growing the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 199 applications have been submitted for round one of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge. The initiative is focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and Southern Tier regions. The Grow-NY region includes a broad, 22-county swath of Upstate New York's most vibrant farmlands as well as several major urban centers, including Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton.

"The Grow-NY competition has attracted a group of diverse, innovative entrepreneurs who are ready to focus on finding new ways to further transform New York's world-renowned food and agricultural industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Through efforts like this we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster statewide growth in this critical industry."

"The Grow-NY competition builds on our efforts to grow the agriculture industry across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "New York has some of the best food and beverage products in the world, and this innovative challenge will further strengthen the industry in the Central, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier regions. We want to make sure that entrepreneurs, particularly women-owned businesses, have the access and opportunity to enhance and transform the industry, creating jobs and ensuring a 21st Century economy."

Read the full press release here.