The Rise of Central New York’s Drone Empire and the Windfall of Opportunities for Entrepreneurs There


About This Event

Central New York is a diamond in the rough, but its bling is shining brighter every day.

There’s good reason for the excitement and anticipation of the NY Drone Testing Corridor. The development of the drone corridor is expected to unlock a trillion-dollar global industry and attract business development and new drone technology to the entire state, but specifically to Central New York. This much is fact, for anyone interested in developing businesses, solutions or services in this hot emerging technology (whether they are drone experts or non-technical and new to droning), CENTRAL New York is where the action, the money, and opportunities are.

Andrew Cuomo has allocated $50 million of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative funding towards the development of a 50-mile Central NY drone testing corridor (the first of its kind ever) and $230,000 toward six drone research projects at Syracuse University. And he has plans (if all goes well) to invest an additional $230 million dollars to develop, among other things, an air traffic management system for unmanned aerial vehicles so they can be safely integrated into the nation’s commercial airspace.

Amidst the major capital investment in Central NY is a burgeoning startup community that is oozing opportunities for any entrepreneur interested in helping to define the future of drones. GENIUS NY (the world’s largest accelerator competition for drones at The Tech Garden in Central New York, awarding up to $2.7 million in prizes to drone startups) is at the forefront of bringing entrepreneurs from all over the world to Central NY to imagine a world powered by drones.

JOIN US for this special Info Session and mini-Think Tank as our special guest, Jon Parry, Director of GENIUS NY, presents the incredible transformation Central New York is going though to become a major drone hub, including the opportunities and challenges the area faces, and how the 50-mile corridor will impact business and commerce throughout the rest of the state and the country. We’ll also discuss the most pressing and challenging problems in the drone industry that entrepreneurs are needed to help solve, and the types of startups the industry overall needs. If you don’t know anything about drones or you’re non-technical, but you’d like to explore the possibilities, what are your options? Jon will discuss all of this and more. And we’ll present a mini-Think Tank that will make everyone a drone entrepreneur for the evening!

id=”jon”About Jon Parry

Jon Parry, Dir. of GENUIS NY

Jonathan has worked with a diverse portfolio of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Beginning his career with a biomass gasification startup, he has implemented distributed energy systems in Europe and North America working as a project manager in Spremberg, Germany and Newry, Northern Ireland.

Jonathan then joined an innovative sustainable materials company, Ecovative Design, in 2013 as business development manager to commercialize Ecovative’s mycelium based technology platform in various product markets including packaging, building materials, and insulation. Jonathan also worked on developing sales and manufacturing partnerships globally in each of these markets.

Recently, Jonathan was hired as the director of GENIUS NY, the world’s largest accelerator competition for unmanned systems. The in-residence accelerator program is hosted at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, NY. Six teams will compete for $2.75 million in funding and work to grow their technology-based startups in the Central New York region. Jonathan graduated from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Business and Technology Management and currently lives in Skaneateles, NY.

About Genius NY

GENIUS NY is an in-residence business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden in Central New York that goes beyond substantial direct investment. In addition to three grand prizes of up to $1 million, $600,000 and $400,000, the program also offers company stipends, housing, resources, programming, and connections, making it among the largest competitions of its kind across the globe. The program is made possible by $5 million in funding support provided by Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency.

Event Agenda:

We’re starting promptly at 6:15pm. We do not allow any recording of the Think Tank except by our staff. Light food and beverages will be served.

  • 6PM – 6:15PM: sign in, networking, light food and drinks served
  • 6:15PM – 6:25PM: announcements, topic and speaker introduction
  • 6:25PM – 7:00PM: Jon Parry’s presentation
  • 7PM – 7:20PM: Interactive, problem-solving Think Tank
  • 7:20PM – 7:35PM: Informal presentations and Jon’s feedback
  • 7:35PM – 7:45PM:  Q&A
  • 7:45PM – 8PM: More mingling and then it’s a wrap!


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Start Time

6:00 pm

February 22, 2018

Finish Time

8:00 pm

February 22, 2018


The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street, NY, NY 10036