Combplex, a 2018 eLab alumni, took home $250K in prize money at the inaugural Grow-NY business competition, an innovation and technology startup challenge focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage, and agriculture hub in the Grow-NY region, which is comprised of Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier. The business competition was part of the Grow-NY Food & Ag Summit held in Rochester, New York on Nov. 12 and 13.

Combplex has developed a smart beehive frame capable of detecting and eliminating parasitic Varroa mites that are responsible for the devastation of bee colonies without harming the bees themselves.

Additional winners included the Grand Prize Winner ($1M), RealEats America (Geneva, NY); $500K Winners, Dropcopter (Syracuse, NY) and Tiliter (Munich, Germany); and fellow $250K Winners, Capro-X (Ithaca, NY), The Perfect Granola (Victor, NY), and Whole Healthy Food (Ithaca, NY). Upon accepting the award, winners commit to impacting the Grow-NY region.

Learn more about the Grow-NY winners and their innovations!