BIA/NYS member incubators and their tenant-clients will receive favored consideration from the Center for New Technology Enterprise, a new independent nonprofit "trans-disciplinary" resource for technology commercialization founded by Frederick A. Provorny, who was the Harold R. Tyler Professor of Law and Technology at Albany Law School and the founding director of the first New York State Science and Technology Law Center (a NYSTAR-supported program that has since been re-established at the Syracuse University College of Law).
The goal of this new web-based center (headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, but with a global reach) is to provide experiential education to students (usually in graduate and professional schools) from a wide variety of disciplines by working in teams with research institutions and qualified emerging technology companies. In carrying out its educational mission, the Center also promotes economic development and job creation in the high tech and life sciences sectors by providing start-ups with a comprehensive suite of business, legal, regulatory and other services using teams of students under the supervision of members of a multinational network of volunteer professional-services firms.
Unlike the original Science and Technology Law Center, which used law students only, this Center adopts a "trans-disciplinary" approach combining resources in law, business, and science and engineering. Student labor is charged out at low rates, subject to a cap, and the supervising professionals do not charge for their services at all. The Center is also assembling an advisory board of successful serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives and investors to mentor the students and clients. Companies and entrepreneurs must be vetted through the Center's selection process - an integral part of the Center's educational program - before they can be accepted into the program.