A ground-level effort in more ways than one, the 2017 startup is an early-stage bootstrapper with ties to Stony Brook University and Columbia University, on a primary mission to remediate soils and sediments tainted by toxins. And the graduate of the PowerBridge NY program and current benefactor of SBU’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program found itself in fairly elite company this summer, when it was named a finalist in the 76West competition.
EkoStinger, an East Rochester-based manufacturer focused on trucking-industry aerodynamics, ultimately took top honors and the contest’s $1 million first prize, followed by $500,000 runner-up Hub Controls, a 2014 Irish startup that’s been pilot-testing its smart-thermostat technologies across New York State (and is 76West’s first international winner).
Four other firms each received $250,000 prizes when winners were announced in October, with judges paying particular attention this year to the remote management of buildings and power-control systems.
All six winners, and many of the other finalists, were slightly further along the commercialization spectrum than Allied Microbiata, making the honor of a finalist selection an even more impressive achievement for cofounders Frana James and Raymond Sambrotto – and not the first time their startup, intent on tackling those recalcitrant pollutants with environmentally friendly microbial solutions, has earned outside attention.
Allied Microbiata has already benefitted from world-class assistance worthy of its global vision. And CEO James, who co-founded the company with Columbia University microbiologist Sambrotto, couldn’t be more grateful for the support.
A native of India, James boasts a topnotch education, including a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and electronics from the National Institute of Technology Calicut and an MBA from the India Institute of Management, in addition to a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University.