Huntington, NY (PRWEB) July 29, 2013
The founders of Long Island based tech startup GroupGiftng.com (eGifter) today received approval from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to support a project to open a high-tech accelerator space on Main St. in Huntington. eGifter is a Suffolk County based venture, owned and operated by a group of veteran tech entrepreneurs who founded and sold Invision.com and LongIsland.com. The group is led by Tyler Roye, CEO, who is also a founder and Vice-Chairman of the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet).
“Downtowns across Suffolk County are the perfect location for high tech start-ups,” said Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone. “Huntington Village is the ideal place for our County’s new tech accelerator, creating dozens of high paying jobs for our innovation economy.”
The package approved by the IDA includes property tax abatements and other incentives at a value of more than $100,000. The project is part of the IDA’s Boost Program. “We have been working hard to make this happen for months,” said Anthony Manetta, CEO and Executive Director of the Suffolk IDA. “Creating accelerator spaces across the County is an important piece to growing our tech industry. This project will create employment opportunities for our area’s dynamic workforce and support innovative entrepreneurs who want to launch local companies.”
Roye and his team have been working toward creating a strong startup community on the Island. “In my role as the Vice-Chairman of LISTnet, I am always trying to help Long Island’s tech industry succeed,” he said. “Over the past couple of years, success has been defined by advancing startup company activity.
The team setup a special LLC called NuClique LLC to use for a project such as this and will be operating the facility under this LLC. “This gives us a vehicle for operating the facility without having to dilute the focus of eGifter,” said Roye. “We are now working toward finalizing the deal and can’t wait to get moving with the construction.” eGifter, MaxBurst, Inc. and RobotFruit are all planning to move into the space when the construction is completed.
Roye has been actively involved with trying to grow the software and IT industry on Long Island since the founding of LISTnet more than 15 years ago. “I have the benefit of Peter Goldsmith, LISTnet’s President, constantly brainstorming ideas on things we can do to help amplify the startup efforts on the Island,” said Roye. “We decided it was our time to step up as part of the club of veteran tech entrepreneurs and make an investment to help support the Long Island startup movement.”