What are we brooding over? And which entrepreneurial eggs are ready to hatch? Whether it’s an app, a service, or a device, thINCubator teams brew ideas and simmer concepts. As we incubate, we challenge each other, test hypotheses, fail, succeed, fail again, start, and restart.

A sampling of current and recent ventures insta-illustrates the thINCubator dynamic:

  • Start-up Muddy Falcon Enterprises created a prototype for a cycle that combines strength training, cardio exercise, alternative transportation — and fun. Founder Mark McLaughlin calls his innovation “an exhilarating form of recreation, the next generation of exercise, transportation, and cycling competition.”
  • Mohawk Valley Community College sophomore Elias Zeina translates Old World charms of his parents’ Lebanese family restaurant into practical lessons on growth and profitability.
  • Kathaleene Riolo is working with Mohawk Valley colleagues on a medication and health management system device. The owner/operator of Home Sweet Home Geriatric Care Management Services, she is also an MBA candidate in Technology Management at SUNYIT.
  • And TLC’s “Secret Wedding” photographer Tom Sblendorio of Tom Studios shows you can marry art and business — with results you can frame.


To run an efficient team, you only need three people: a Hipster, a Hacker, and a Hustler. – Rei Inamoto