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A product that could be straight out of a science fiction movie is one of the projects going through the Startup Labs business competition in Syracuse this winter.

The guys behind Crowsnest Labs, Mike Kruk and Ian Wilson from Rochester, are working to develop technology that will allow them to put tiny cameras inside, say, an ad in a subway station. Those cameras would analyze who stops to look at an ad and how interested they seem.

Remember that scene from the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report?

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The Syracuse chapter of a global startup competition will go into its second year with fewer teams.

Organizers say Startup Labs Syracuse will take three teams for 2014 instead of the five that went through the first round. The startup Participants get $20,000 in seed money and compete for a $200,000 grand prize.

Mitchell Patterson, who runs Startup Labs and other venture for the Tech Garden in Syracuse, says cutting the number of teams will allow the mentors to give the teams more attention.

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An Ithaca-based grocery shopping app has won the first ever Startup Labs competition to be held in the United States.

Rosie was announced as the winner of the competition at CenterState CEO's annual meeting today in Syracuse. The startup will take home $200,000 for the accomplishment.

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In the lobby of the historic Syracuse Trust Building in downtown - currently under renovation - a bunch of people gathered on Thursday afternoon to hear the ideas of some startup businesses.

The location was picked to show off two parts of Syracuse on the up-and-up: its downtown and its startup scene.

The event was the culmination of the first ever Startup Labs competition held in Syracuse - and the whole USA, for that matter.

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A new startup competition with a global profile is underway in Syracuse - its first U.S. location.

The five teams taking part in Startup Labs - all from New York state -  were announced Monday afternoon. They'll spend about three weeks (22 days, to be exact) working out of free office space at the city's Technology Garden incubator and networking with investors.

"The whole idea is to sort of work with the companies to get [them] through hiccups," says Mitchell Patterson, who helps run the Tech Garden.