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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mark Lesko, New Executive Director of Accelerate LI

Accelerate Long Island's Board of Directors announced Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko as the first Executive Director of Accelerate Long Island. Lesko will start in mid- September 2012.

Accelerate Long Island is a groundbreaking regional collaboration between the Long Island Association, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Canrock Ventures, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, CA Technologies, Ernst & Young, Farrell Fritz, Hofstra University, North Shore-LIJ Health System, the Rauch Foundation and Stony Brook University to commercialize the region's research innovations. Long Island's world class research institutions collectively conduct over $1 billion in research annually and Accelerate Long Island will work to commercialize that research into start-up companies and high-tech jobs to transform Long Island's economy.

Mark Lesko spearheaded with the development of Accelerate Long Island as Brookhaven Town Supervisor in 2010 and it became a regional effort under the auspices of the Long Island Association. Accelerate Long Island was created as a non-for-profit organization, was named a "transformative project" in 2011 by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and received a $500,000 grant to start a seed fund for early stage companies. This seed fund is matched by $750,000 from the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, a partnership of venture capitalists seeking to invest in early stage companies on Long Island.

To view the complete official release click here

Media Coverage:

Newsday, August 20, 2012 – Mark Lesko faces challenges before and after leaving Brookhaven

The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2012 – Brookhaven Town supervisor to resign

Newsday, August 16, 2012 – Lesko brings clout to Accelerate Long Island

Newsday, August 16, 2012 – Brookhaven Town supervisor to resign

Real Clear Politics, August 16, 2012 – Brookhaven Town supervisor to resign

RiverheadLOCAL, August 16, 2012 – Brookhaven supervisor announces resignation for job with Accelerate Long Island

Newsday, August 15, 2012 – Mark Lesko to lead Accelerate Long Island

Newsday, August 15, 2012 – Mark Lesko statement on planned resignation

LIBN, August 15, 2012 – Lesko leaving Brookhaven for Accelerate Long Island

Long Island Press, August 15, 2012 – Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko Resigning