UB and START-UP NY helped lure graduate and her GIS company home, UB News Center

Karyn Tareen, the CEO of Geocove, is a UB graduate who was lured back to Amherst from Florida by the quality of graduates from the GIS program at UB. Credit: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In some ways, Geocove is the perfect example of a company drawn to Western New York for all the right reasons.

The small, woman-owned company competes in the technical world of GIS – geographic information systems. Karyn Tareen, the CEO, is a University at Buffalo graduate who was lured back to Amherst from Florida by the quality of graduates from the GIS program at UB and by the benefits of being in the START-UP NY program.

“I had the company in Orlando, in the University of Central Florida business incubator, and I was hiring interns but they were computer science majors, not GIS majors. There is no GIS program at Central Florida,” Tareen said. “It’s not as easy as you would think to teach CS students about GIS. They have to think spatially.”

Published July 24, 2017

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