TECH FARM’S NEW TENANT OFFERS “GRAPE TO GLASS” FUNCTIONALITY FOR SMALL WINERIES
GENEVA, NY, August X, 2013 – The Tech Farm has added a new tenant that should further
enhance its reputation as a successful incubator for high-potential local businesses. Sam Weiner, the president of Quantum Loop Solutions, moved in August 1. His business will build software systems for small wineries, helping them to streamline their operations to make, sell and market wine.
Weiner has used 20 years of software development experience to create an app called NuSale, “The Merchant’s Mobile Manager.” Using this app, a winery can sell its products via a mobile device at a festival, for example, online or at the winery. When the transaction is processed, it accesses one overall database that tracks inventory. “The winery business is under appreciated and under served,” said Weiner. “The main thing I am doing is helping them sell.”
Weiner’s move to The Tech Farm follows a successful start in the High Tech Rochester business incubator. While there, Weiner won third place in a regional business plan competition, which enabled him to participate in a program about applying lean manufacturing principles to a high-tech start-up. After interviewing owners at 25 wineries, Weiner adjusted his customer focus to what he calls “grape to glass” functionality.
Weiner moved his business to The Tech Farm because “it is in the middle of wine country.” While he is pleased about being near local wineries, he also is excited that Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture Program is housed at The Tech Farm and will build its new facility on the south end of the Tech Farm Campus in 2014. He hopes to become a student in the program and introduce his software as part of the curriculum.
Weiner, a West Bloomfield native, is the business’s only employee though he hopes to add jobs. He already has five local wineries under contract with more business in the offing. He expressed enthusiasm about market potential by citing a July 6 New York Times infographic showing that there are 405 wineries in New York State alone out of 9,000 wineries in the U.S.
The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, better known as The Tech Farm, opened in 2005 to foster the creation of innovative technologies and economic growth in the food and agriculture industry. Its flexible policies regarding the development and ownership of intellectual property make The Tech Farm business-friendly and give its tenants a competitive advantage. Eleven emerging companies reside at its Pre-Emption Road location including some that have grown exponentially since they moved into The Tech Farm.
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