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thINCubator appoints Miller as full-time director

By Maria Carbonaro


UTICA, N.Y. — Ryan Miller was recently appointed as full-time director of thINCubator, a business incubator and student accelerator located at 106 Genesee St. in the Bagg Square West district of Utica.

As director, Miller will be the primary resource for connecting entrepreneurs with a network of mentors, community members, resources, and programming that will accelerate their business development as well as increase their likelihood of success, according to a news release from the Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). He will also help develop business ideas from student and community teams throughout the Mohawk Valley, and help foster a culture of entrepreneurship.

“We want our community to be more aware of the resources and connections that thINCubator can provide, and make it the epicenter of creative connections in the Mohawk Valley,” Miller said in the release. “I’m looking forward to working together with our educational institutions and community partners to provide a creative environment for entrepreneurs, and to show that we can build innovative companies right here in upstate New York.”

Miller will work with John Liddy, executive director of thINCubator, and Frank DuRoss, executive director of institutional advancement at MVCC, to develop programs and events for both students and the community-at-large.

“We are excited to have a passionate, local innovator representing us in the Mohawk Valley,” Liddy said. “When Frank DuRoss and I discussed ideal candidates, Ryan’s name was at the top of the list. We are excited to have him on board.”

Miller was most recently the interactive director at Romanelli Communications. He is also one of the organizers of TEDxUtica and has created various community projects throughout the area, such as the Utica Firefly Storytelling project and YouticaEATS.

thINCubator is currently accepting student and community applicants for its summer group. The program seeks to accelerate the process of idea creation, development, and deployment through mentoring and coaching, the release stated. Interested parties may apply at The program begins on Thursday, June 11.

thINCubator was launched by the Mohawk Valley Community College Foundation and is supported by partners like the Coleman Foundation, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc., and the Workforce Development Institute.


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