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Lesko to travel to San Diego for Accelerate

Newsday  Thursday November 29, 2012 11:18 AM By Lisa Du Next week, Accelerate Long Island director Mark Lesko will be taking advantage of a nearly year-old invitation to visit San Diego to learn about CONNECT — a 27-year old initiative which Accelerate is modeled after. In San Diego, Lesko will visit companies created from CONNECT’s efforts [...] read more

Accelerate, LIETF ready to fund research startups

Published October 25, 2012 in Long Island Business News  by John Callegari Two seed funds, financed with public and private money, are now ready to help a few good tech startups born of Long Island’s research institutions. Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund will soon begin to disburse a combined $1.25 million in [...] read more

Accelerate LI’s Lesko meets with scientists

Published: September 26, 2012 8:12 PM By JOE RYAN  joe.ryan@newsday.com Photo credit: Newsday | Mark Lesko, seen at an event in January, who last week started as executive director of the nonprofit organization Accelerate Long Island, wants to cultivate Island’s tech business sector. (Jan. 18, 2012) Mark Lesko, the newly minted leader of an effort to cultivate [...] read more

Newsday Editorial: High hopes for Accelerate Long Island coalition

Newsday Editorial: High hopes for Accelerate Long Island coalition
Originally published: September 14, 2012 5:15 PM Updated: September 14, 2012 7:26 PM The job shouldn’t be tough: Build a new economic ecosystem for Long Island, to compete with Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128, and the emerging Tech Valley cluster in Albany. How long could it take? Six months? A year? Only kidding. Actually, growing and keeping [...] read more

Making Long Island the next Silicon Valley

Making Long Island the next Silicon Valley
September 06, 2012 | 10:29 AM Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko recently accepted a position as the executive director of Accelerate Long Island because the initiative is “the key to the future of the region.” He said in an interview at Times Beacon Record Newspapers that when he first takes his new position, he will [...] read more

Editorial: Mark Lesko faces challenges before and after leaving Brookhaven

Editorial: Mark Lesko faces challenges before and after leaving Brookhaven
Originally published: August 20, 2012 5:14 PM Updated: August 20, 2012 8:02 PM Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko’s decision to resign, in order to become the executive director of Accelerate Long Island, is good for the region. But it’s tough news for the huge town, which is grappling with major budget problems. On balance, it is a [...] read more

Newsmaker of the week, Mark Lesko

Newsmaker of the week, Mark Lesko
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko announced this week he was leaving the town on Sept. 14 to become executive director of Accelerate Long Island, the fledgling organization he helped create last year. Lesko has served as Brookhaven’s chief executive since winning a special election in March 2009 when then-Supervisor Brian X. Foley left to [...] read more

Lesko brings clout to Accelerate Long Island

Lesko brings clout to Accelerate Long Island
Originally published: August 15, 2012 7:12 PM Updated: August 16, 2012 12:44 PM Mark Lesko, tapped yesterday to lead Accelerate Long Island, brings clout and a reputation for pulling people together to a nascent organization charged with a herculean task: transforming the region’s economy. The 45-year-old Brookhaven Town supervisor was among the leaders who mobilized [...] read more

Tax-credit bill would aid LI start-ups

Tax-credit bill would aid LI start-ups
Originally published: August 1, 2012 7:54 PM Updated: August 2, 2012 9:24 AM Start-ups across the country and here on Long Island could benefit from a new bipartisan tax bill co-sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). The legislation — called the Start-up Innovation Credit Act of 2012 — would allow fledgling companies to better access [...] read more

$1.25M raised to create LI tech start-ups

$1.25M raised to create LI tech start-ups
May 4, 2012 11:46 AM There is $1.25 million of fresh money available on Long Island to create between 10 and 15 technology start-up companies. The money was quietly put together in the last few weeks by Resi Cooper, the business consultant who is temporarily heading Accelerate Long Island, the Long Island Association project to [...] read more