We are growing and empowering the entrepreneur community in the Greater Hudson Valley & beyond.  

We believe that startups, small businesses, researchers, and students excel at the intersection of community, team, and well-being. Our initiatives aim to impact the quality of life and growth path of entrepreneurs at points of transition and transformation for more resilient and sustainable economies.

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After working with advisors and coaches, we feel fired-up and prepared to grow our revenue streams. The insights we gained helped us think and act bigger, and to align our strategy with our goals for our family and business.

Ryan Cronin & Melanie Cronin

CronArtUSA

Artist & CEO

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The team helped me reconnect with my personal ‘why’ for founding Lessonbee and align my team around our mission to reinvent the class experience.

Reva McPollom

Lessonbee

Founder

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In times of challenge, the team at The Center helped us and neighboring businesses to double-down on our mission and focus on communication to make an impact in business and in our community.

Chris Hewitt

Founder & Executive Director

Hudson Valley Current

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Danny and his team are supporting some of the most exciting and energizing movements in our local communities. The initiatives I lead will always find ways to partner because The Center continues to bring people together to solve problems.

Ray Wilcox

Yonkers Arts

Director of Community at the Plant & Executive Director

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The Center’s Launch program was like no other accelerator we have experienced, a true community where the partners and mentors go to work for your company.

Alex Miles

SportsHi

Founder & CEO

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Participating as a former Wall Street executive and an entrepreneur has been one of the best decisions I have made so far - I now have a team for growth, operational support, and fundraising path.

Adam Stauffer

Greenshoot

Founder

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The team is able to work with each business at different stages of development, which is what makes working with the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation so impactful and rewarding.

Rita Capek

Founder, Consultant & Investor

Ozma Advisory

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The support I received exceeded my expectations as a business owner. It was an extremely valuable experience, and I cannot stress enough how much entrepreneurs can benefit from the Center’s programs.

Lou Paris

Founder

cue

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Launching our Artist-in-Residence program in partnership with The Center has brought more entrepreneurs to the region, so we look forward to continuing to create more opportunities for artists, businesses, and the community.

Ali Cordero Casal

Chairman

The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts

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The training and coaching around product development, business strategy, business model pitching, and raising money was critical for us.

Jesse Cruz

Founder

Cruz Street

Our programs

We bring entrepreneurs together to advance innovation in local economies. Our programs enable entrepreneurs and ecosystems to develop and deploy the mindset and toolset needed for transformational growth.

Connect

Join our digital and in-person community to access networks, tools, events, and more, all focused on helping you discover and grow as an emerging or experienced entrepreneur.

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Research

Team-up with faculty, researchers, technologists, and creatives to incubate and design marketable solutions to the most pressing problems facing our region and the world.

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Launch

Develop and deploy your business model and path to money to transition from zero to your first product, client, funder, team and more as you build and grow your venture.

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Train

Learn how to implement growth strategies and initiatives as a later-stage venture, small business owner, non-profit leader, accelerator operator focused on advancing a more resilient team and company.

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Meet the team

We are committed to empowering more mindful and masterful entrepreneurs to advance the resiliency and sustainability of local economies and foster innovation for the betterment of families, businesses, and communities.

Danny Potocki

Danny Potocki

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Danny leads the vision and growth of HVCI with the Board, teammates, partners, and clients. He is a two-time entrepreneur with experience leading business development and strategy. Danny serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at companies and local college. A former baseball player, he enjoys swimming and biking.

Johnny LeHane

Johnny LeHane

Head of Research & Development

Johnny leads innovation and incubation across programs. The co-founder of a coworking space and three-time entrepreneur, he launches and leads angel funds investing in early companies. Johnny previously was the co-founder of a national sports community business. Watch out - he loves making and testing hot sauces!

Brinn Flagg

Brinn Flagg

Head of Community

Brinn leads team, partner, and entrepreneur engagement. She is the founder of Awen, a support community for loved ones of substance users. Formerly, Brinn was the Head of People at a tech startup, and previously managed an art studio. She routinely creates as a classically-trained painter.

Paul Munguia

Paul Munguia

Head of Programs

Paul leads program planning and execution with partners and entrepreneurs. He is a three-time company builder, serving as both a founder and an executive to grow funding, revenue, and team. Additionally, Paul is the founder of a retail product company, and pursues endurance sports training in the Hudson Valley.