SUNY Incubator Adds Business

FREDONIA – The State University at Fredonia Technology Incubator has added AVtick, an audio- and voice-based social media and networking company.

AVtick brings the sound of audio to mobile-based social interactions and makes personal interactions easier to share, more engaging and more personable.

“As a lifelong Western New York resident, I want to be a leader in helping re-energize the Western New York economy and its entrepreneurial spirit,” said Michael Manthey, AVtick founder and CEO. “I believe that the incubator and its resources, along with its contagious entrepreneurial spirit, gives AVtick the best opportunity to help become part of that personal mission while building a successful and vibrant company.”

While other networks are focused on text and video communications, AVtick fills a void in the online social media, networking and information-sharing environment through its voice-based communications product. The company’s goal is to create and build their first mobile application iteration slated for iPhone.

AVtick recently launched a RocketHub crowd funding campaign at to raise the seed capital to fund the first iteration of the iPhone application, with the long-term goals of building the product and rolling it out to other operating systems such as Android and iPad. As AVtick gains traction, the company hopes to steadily hire talented employees who will contribute over time.

“This entrepreneur, straight out of our community, has created a very cool and unique company, with a venture that has a tremendous potential market. The opportunities for growth are remarkable,” said Robert Fritzinger, SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator director.

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator offers its client entrepreneurs access to a unique facility, business resources, technology expertise and a range of highly qualified faculty, professionals and mentors. Research shows that businesses graduating from an incubator significantly increase their probability of long-term success. Companies typically spend two-to-three years in an incubator and then graduate when they meet milestones that allow them to operate independently and expand.