Two businesses housed in the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator have been named finalists for the 2013 BETA Awards, given by InfoTech Niagara, the trade association of Western New York's information technology industry. The Center for Sports Skills Measurement & Improvement (Center for Sports) CEO Kevin Morse and iKoss Consulting CEO Jennifer Koss will both participate in the 13th annual award ceremony which honors the best and brightest companies and individuals in the region's technology community. In all, over 400 technology professionals are invited to the BETA Awards, which will be held March 27 at the Buffalo Convention Center.
"Having two finalists out of Dunkirk this year is excellent recognition for Chautauqua County," said Incubator Director Robert Fritzinger. "These two companies are among the very best the WNY technology community has to offer and are prime examples of the kinds of entrepreneurs currently housed in SUNY Fredonia's Incubator."
The Center for Sports is a finalist in the "Rookie of the Year" category, the same award the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator itself was nominated for in 2012. This award is given to a new technology organization launched in Western New York within the past year that shows both the growth and potential to become a leader in their industry.
Now with more than 23 testing locations throughout the U.S., the Center for Sports helps athletes improve, parents stay informed and coaches explore information on the nation's athletes, all in one place. The Center for Sports was also named in the Top 100 University Startups given by the National Center for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, earlier this year.
iKoss Consulting CEO Jennifer Koss is a finalist for this year's "Women in Technology" award. This award goes to the woman-owned business that has grown a business, developed technology or contributed the most to the Western New York technology community. iKoss is a certified small, woman-owned management consulting firm specializing in business process and organizational transition services, change management, portal/intranet content writing, and project management support. The company has developed a reputation for excellence among Fortune 1000 companies by providing targeted client service offerings, quality work products and outstanding service delivery. It is dedicated to providing immediate value to all of its clients through a dynamic, highly qualified workforce. Its unique employment model attracts high-caliber professionals and promotes flexible working arrangements, which benefit both its clients and consultants.
The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator offers client entrepreneurs access to a unique facility, business resources and technology expertise, as well as a range of qualified faculty, technology experts, business professionals and mentors. Research shows that businesses graduating from an incubator significantly increase their probability of success. Companies typically spend two to three years in an incubator and then graduate when they meet milestones that allow them to operate independently and expand.
InfoTech Niagara is "the" trade association of Western New York's information technology industry. Membership in InfoTech opens the door to a network of hundreds of companies across the nation through their national affiliation. InfoTech Niagara has a directory distributed to over 12,000 business professionals in Western New York, courtesy of Business First.