Three Ithaca start-up companies have been awarded state grant funding through a program that promotes the growth of young technology firms.
UMA Bioseed, of Ithaca was awarded $25 thousand dollars to support its Bioshield product, which can protect agricultural seeds from bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Ecolectro, of Ithaca is researching and developing materials for energy generation and storage in fuel cell applications the company received a nearly $13 thousand dollar proof of concept grant.
Sound Reading Solutions was also awarded $25 thousand dollars. The company has developed reading therapy software aimed at improving reading abilities in children and adults by using proprietary cognitive learning methods.
The Grants for Growth competition has invested $3.8 million in 54 small and emerging companies since 2006. An enhanced version of the program will launch this fall with $1.5 million in state funding. The new program will allow more businesses to tap into the expertise found on college campuses.