Empire State Development Announces 2020 New York State Innovation Summit in the Mohawk Valley

February 4, 2020

Summit to Bring Together Innovators, Business Leaders, State Officials to Accelerate Tech-driven Economic Growth
Summit Organized by NYSTAR and FuzeHub

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the 2020 New York State Innovation Summit, which will take place in the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, Oneida County, on October 27 and 28. The annual Summit brings New York’s technology companies, particularly startups, together and uses a series of speakers, breakout sessions and pitch sessions to encourage them to collaborate and advance new technologies in the state. It is organized by ESD’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), and FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP). The 2019 Summit, held in Rochester, attracted more than 500 innovators, business leaders and entrepreneurs, providing a boost to area hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “With its strengths in advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, aviation, nanotechnology and other high-tech industries, the Mohawk Valley is the perfect setting for our state’s brightest minds to convene. The game-changing ideas generated in Oneida County at the annual New York State Innovation Summit will accelerate New York’s already impressive economic growth and ensure the Empire State remains at the forefront of the innovation economy.”

At the Summit, NYSTAR and FuzeHub will feature advancements in technology and the latest innovation trends. This year, the Summit will also serve as an opportunity to highlight the Mohawk Valley’s economic assets and talented workforce for business leaders and government officials from every corner of the state.

The 2020 Innovation Summit will focus on several key sectors of the state’s economy that are critical to sustained growth. They include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Digital technology (A.I., big data, media and gaming technology)
  • Clean technology, energy and environmental innovations
  • Life sciences and biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology, electronics, optics and photonics

NYSTAR Senior Vice President and Executive Director Matt Watson said, “NYSTAR provides an extensive network of resources, experts and programs to help companies adopt new technologies, foster innovation and invest in their workforces. We’re excited to create connections between New York’s innovative tech businesses to commercialize their research, grow and create jobs at the Innovation Summit this year.”   

FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc said, "The Mohawk Valley's vibrant technology ecosystem continues to grow stronger. With its diverse set of economic assets and emerging businesses, the region has what it takes to foster the tech sector's growth. The New York State Innovation Summit will showcase what's next for the Mohawk Valley and every region across the state, and it will help startups and manufacturers access the resources and connections they need to optimize their operations and create jobs."

Speakers and panelists for the 2020 New York State Innovation Summit will be announced in the coming months. Businesses that are interested in showcasing their technologies, products or services at the Summit will be able to request to exhibit beginning in spring 2020. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available.

For the latest on the summit and to be notified when registration opens, visit nysinnovationsummit.com.

About FuzeHub

FuzeHub is a nonprofit organization that connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation and business growth. Through its custom assessment, matching, and referral platform, FuzeHub helps companies navigate New York’s robust network of industry experts at Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, universities, economic development organizations, and other providers. FuzeHub is the statewide New York MEP center, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation. For more information on FuzeHub, visit www.fuzehub.com.


Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. NYSTAR offers programs that assist companies from start-up through maturity, leveraging the state’s unparalleled investment in world-class technology assets and expertise. It provides roughly $55 million annually in funding to support over 70 centers that provide direct assistance to New York State companies—a network of vital assets for enabling technology- and manufacturing-led growth and job creation. NYSTAR and its partners are proud to contribute to New York’s leadership in the global innovation economy. For more information, visit esd.ny.gov/nystar.


Adam Kilduff (ESD) | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
John Mackowiak (FuzeHub) | [email protected] | (518) 618-1175