The Sun Rise Breakfast Series

Posted in Greenspace, Heritage Newburgh, Historic Commercial Real Estate, Historical Newburgh | Last Updated December 17, 2016

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Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. has embarked on a Bi-Monthly Technology Discussion Series known as The Sun Rise Breakfast Series.

Mount Saint Mary College is a partner with the state of New York’s economic development incentive campaign: Start Up New York.

The Start Up New York Campaign  partners with qualifying colleges and universities to offer a program of tax incentives by joining companies and said schools in a relationship by which both benefit.

The companies access school resources, like:

  • laboratories
  • professors
  • students.

The campus experience (internships, etc.,) is, in turn, enriched by working with these companies. The companies, once partnered with the schools, enjoy certain tax benefits.

The series makes a play on words: SUN = Start Up Newburgh, and the fact that the breakfast series starts with the sun, so to speak, early in the day.


Each Bi-Monthly morning discussion series will feature a specific area of technology per conference. The three areas of technology focus are:

  • clean technology
  • financial technology
  • health technology

The first breakfast discussion in the series will see business entrepreneurs present emerging technologies that deal with water, specifically dealing with how to get and keep clean municipal drinking water as well as how to use water for power generation.

This is obviously an au courant national discussion with a number  municipalities finding themselves in the news with serious drinking water issues. Whether it’s Flint, Michigan or Hoosick Falls, NY, the issue is on the front-burner, and, locally, here in Newburgh.

The Series’ presenters are currently asking only those whose specific profession aligns with the presentations to attend.

Says John Lonczak, series administrator “The series is geared towards professionals who work in specific disciplines. So, in the case of the water seminar, the professionals for whom we are offering the event should ideally be local, municipal contract engineers or consultants who provide services to area municipalities, or individuals from the municipalities governance offices.  For instance, in the city of Newburgh, we have invited those from the City of Newburgh government administration offices who may be interested in the topic. For now, space is limited, but as the series grows it may be possible to invite a larger audience.”


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A view from the conference room on the campus of Mt. St. Mary College

Lonczak also observed “Entrepreneurs will present their business initiatives to the invited professionals who potentially will use the tech for the public good. But, the attending professionals, having heard about the technology, will not only have a chance to make an informed decision about using the technology. These same professional attendees, who have real-world, boots on the ground practical experience, will be able to offer a dialogue to and with the presenters, based upon their real world perspective. So, the series is also very much about a two way dialogue. And, finally, a significant over all goal is to have all involved, the attendees, and the presenters, use Newburgh as a test market for the emergent tech.”


John Lonczak, Acting Director of Campus and Community Affairs, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y.

Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from four companies with distinct technologies ranging from Filtration, in-Water-Line power generation to Storm Water Collection and Filtration. Each company will provide a 15 minute presentation of their technologies. 



Spectacular view south to the Hudson from the series’ conference room



8:00am – 8:30am / Coffee and Networking
8:30am – 8:50am / Introduction to SUN, MSMC, iCANny and START-Up NY
8:50am – 9:00am / Historical Premise for Newburgh as Test Market: Mary McTamaney-
Cityof Newburgh Historian
9:00 – 9:15 / Gregory Egan, Bamboo Science Group – carbon filters from renewable bamboo
9:15 – 9:30 / Frank Zammataro, CEO, Rentricity – in-line hydro power
9:30 – 9:45 / William R. Hannemann, CEO, Aqualete Industries – storm water sediment control systems
9:45 – 10:00 / Joseph Millevolte, Cadens & Global Water Center – micro to small-hydro power
10:00 – 10:30 / Questions and Answers
10:30 – 11:00 / Networking

Seating is limited to 100 attendees. Please reserve your seat today by clicking here: Sun-Rise. For questions about eligibility or, if you would like to be a presenter at a future conference, email:



The event is co-produced with iCANny and its Entrepreneurs Breakfast Forums.