Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
New York Certified State Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program

The New York State Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program was enacted as part of the 2013-14 State Budget and provides significant financial support for business incubators in the state.

ESD administers the Innovation Hot Spot and New York State Business Incubator program. Through a competitive process, ESD has designated ten Innovation Hot Spots and ten New York State Business Incubators and provides funding to expand services and assist a greater number of early stage companies. Successful applicants were chosen based on their suite of services recognized as "best practices" as defined by the National Business Incubator Association.

ESD' s Innovation Hot Spots and New York State Business Incubators are operated by universities, colleges or not for profit organizations. The goal of this program is to help create and grow early stage companies by providing them with necessary support and services. Support at individual centers may vary but generally include: physical space; shared administrative staff; access to capital; coaching; mentoring; networking connections; prototype development and access to other technical services. In addition, client businesses of the Innovation Hotspots have access to tax benefits to further assist early stage businesses start and grow their business.

New York State Innovation Hot Spots
Program goals and benefits:

The New York State Innovation Hot Spot Program establishes one regional hot spot for the support of entrepreneurial activity per economic development region in the state. The goals of each of the ten New York State Innovation Hot Spot is to coordinate regional activities, build regional and inter regional collaboration and offer a broad array of services based on best practices to help entrepreneurs and small businesses bring their ideas to market. In addition to these basic goals each Innovation Hot Spot also focusses on particular regional focuses that serves the regional strength or dominate industry in their region. Each one of the ten NYS Innovation Hot Spots also has the ability to also offer the Innovation Hot Spot Tax benefits to its partner companies that are in their formative stage of development to ensure that they have the needed resources to grow and create jobs.

Western New York Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Thomas Murdock
Address UB Technology Incubator
Baird Research Park
1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 110
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone/Email (716) 645-7367 | murdock2@buffalo.edu
Website http://www.wnyinnovationhotspot.com/
Description: Western New York Regional consortium is headed University at Buffalo and focuses on formation of investable, market-driven companies with innovative products meeting real customer needs. The Western New York Innovation Hot Spot' s partners include the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center and UB BioSciences Incubator on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center in Alfred; Directed Energy Virtual Incubator; Fredonia Technology Incubator in downtown Dunkirk; Harrison Place in Lockport; UB' s Technology Incubator in Amherst and Z80 Labs Inc. in downtown Buffalo.
 
Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot
Contact James Senall
Address High Tech Rochester
150 Lucius Gordon Drive
West Henrietta, NY 14586
Phone/Email (585) 214-2401 | james.senall@htr.org
Description: Finger Lakes regional consortium headed by High Tech Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology The consortium of institutions, including RIT' s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, Upstate MedTech Centre in Batavia, Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, and HTR' s Rochester BioVenture Center.
   
Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Tom Schryver
Address Cornell University
373 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone/Email (607) 255-9854 | tps1@cornell.edu
Description: The Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot consortium is led by Cornell University with Binghamton University' s Start-Up Suites, the in-construction Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in Binghamton, Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center in Painted Post, Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences on the Cornell campus, and the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works in downtown Ithaca.
   
Central New York Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Seth Mulligan
Address The Syracuse Technology Garden
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone/Email (315) 470-1800 | smulligan@centerstateceo.com
Website www.thetechgarden.com
Description: The CNY Innovation Hot Spot is a consortium of 21 partners headed by CenterState CEO at the Syracuse Technology Garden. The consortium delivers the most innovative incubation and business development programming combining higher education resources and programs, like Syracuse University, with early stage funding, coaching, mentorship and physical & virtual incubation.
   
North Country Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Matt Draper
Address Shipley Center for Innovation
8 Clarkson Ave.
Potsdam, New York 13699
Phone/Email (315) 268-6763 | mdraper@clarkson.edu
Website http://northcountryhotspot.com
Description: Regional consortium headed by Clarkson University covering 7 counties across the North Country.
New York City Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Dr. John Blaho
Address 555 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019
Phone/Email (646) 664-3346 | john.blaho@mail.cuny.edu
Website www.nycrin.org
Description: The CUNY Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is on 125 St in Harlem and can accommodate 25-30 startups and 50+ people, contributing economic vitality. A vibrant startup incubator here contributes greatly to the growth of new companies in Harlem, once they graduate. This, in turn, provides greater employment opportunities for local residents and energizes the local economy. At its core, the initial phase of the Hub is a business incubator, offering its tenants professional mentorship as well as a host of collaborative and supportive services. The Hub embraces entrepreneurship in science and engineering as well as in non-science based companies. To guarantee best practices, guidelines for running the CUNY Hub rely on the standards developed by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). The Hub' s incubator program will be Lean LaunchPad which will be provided in collaboration with NYCRIN.
Mid-Hudson Valley Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Randi Schwartz
Address BioInc@NYMC
7 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY 10595-1554
Phone/Email (914) 594-1950 | BioInc@NYMC.EDU
Website http://www.nymc.edu/bioinc/
Description: The Mid-Hudson Valley Innovation Hot Spot consortium focuses on the diverse needs of the fast-growing biotechnology and life sciences industries. Partners include BioInc@NYMC- the biotech incubator at New York Medical College, iCANny, New York Medical College and other regional economic development entities.
Capital Region Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Matt Grattan
Address University at Albany, State University of New York
University Hall 307
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone/Email (518) 956-8177 | mgrattan@albany.edu
Description: The University at Albany leads Innovate 518 (I-518), the Innovation Hot Spot for the Capital Region, with its partners, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Economic Growth. The Hot Spot is supported by leading regional educational institutions, co-working spaces, investor groups, and program partners.
Long Island Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Dr. Ann Marie Scheidt
Address Long Island High Technology Incubator Inc.
25 Health Sciences Drive, Box 100
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3350
Phone/Email (631)632-7422 | annmarie.scheidt@stonybrook.edu
Website http://www.lihti.org/
Description: The Long Island High Technology Incubator is a non-profit business incubator that supports early-stage, high-tech companies to enhance their opportunity for development and growth. LIHTI is affiliated with Stony Brook University and the Medical Center. In its 16 years of operation, the incubator has housed over 70 companies, which have had a high survival rate upon graduating from the program.
Mohawk Valley Innovation Hot Spot
Contact Frank DuRoss
Address thINCubator
106 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone/Email (315) 792-5526 | frank.duross@mvcc.edu
Website http://thincubator.co/
Description: The Mohawk Valley innovation Hot Spot is a regional consortium headed by the thINCubator and includes the Griffiss Institute and other regional economic development entities. The thINCubator provides people, programs, and a place to accelerate the ideas of entrepreneurs. Modeled after other successful accelerators, thINCubator has secured support from dozens of community mentors. Mentors work with student teams during a 14-week program, helping students refine and pitch their business ideas.

NYS Certified Business Incubators

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering NYS Certified Incubator
Contact Steven Kuyan
Address Varick Street Incubator
137 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013

DUMBO Incubator
20 Jay Street, Suite 312
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Urban Future Lab/NYC ACRE
15 Metrotech Center, 19th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone/Email (212) 292-3123 | kuyan@nyu.edu
Website engineering.nyu.edu/incubator
Description: The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering NYS Certified Incubator will assist start-up businesses in the New York City region through an individualized 2 year incubation program that utilizes best practices and provides mentorship, access to programming, service providers, potential customers, investors and business related services. With linkages to the University and other economic development programs, the incubator program is situated in an ideal position to support new ventures from first point of entry in the market to scalability and sustainability.
   
Stony Brook University NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact Ann-Marie Scheidt, Ph.D.
Address

Office of the Vice President for Economic Development
100 Engineering Drive
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook  NY 11794-2200

Phone/Email (631) 632-7006 | annmarie.scheidt@stonybrook.edu  
Website http://www.lihti.org/  
Description: The Stony Brook University NYS Certified Incubator will link numerous regional assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the Long Island region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
RPI NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact Esther Vargas
Address 100 Defreest Drive
Troy, New York 12180
Phone/Email (518) 283-7102 x 302 | vargae@rpi.edu
Website www.rpihub.org
Description: The RPI NYS Certified Incubator will link numerous regional bio-based assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the Capital District by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Brooklyn Biotech NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact Eva B. Cramer, PhD
Address Downstate' s Biotechnology Incubator
760 Parkside Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone/Email (718) 270-1011 | ecramer@downstate.edu
Website http://research.downstate.edu/Incubator.htm
Description: The Brooklyn NYS Biotech Certified Incubator will link numerous regional bio-based assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the New York City region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Tech Valley NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact Dr. Pradeep Haldar
Address 257 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12203
Phone/Email (518) 437-8684
Description: The Tech Valley NYS Certified Incubator will link numerous regional assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the Capital District by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Cornell Food Innovation NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact John Johnson
Address Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park
500 Technology Farm Drive
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone/Email (315) 781-0070 | | johnj@thetechnologyfarm.com
Website http://www.thetechnologyfarm.com
Description: The Cornell Food Innovation NYS Certified Business Incubator will assist start-up food based businesses in the Finger Lakes region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Orange County NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact Kelly Reilly
Address 4 Crotty Lane Suite 100
New Windsor, NY 12553
Phone/Email (845) 220-2208 | kreilly@ocaccelerator.com
Website http://ocaccelerator.com
Description: The Orange County NYS Certified Business Incubator will link numerous regional assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the Mid-Hudson Region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
NYS Clean Tech Certified Business Incubator
Contact Les Newman
Address Hudson Valley Center for Innovation Inc. - HVCFI
P.O. Box 447
New City, NY 10956
Phone/Email (845) 943-5660 | les@iCANny.net
Website http://www.icanny.net/
Description: The NYS Clean Tech Certified Business Incubator will assist Clean Tech based businesses in the Hudson Valley region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Queens Tech NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact David Yang
Address 31-00 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone/Email david@c4qv.com
Description: The Queens Tech NYS Certified Business Incubator will link numerous regional assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the New York City region by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.
   
Mohawk Valley NYS Certified Business Incubator
Contact William Wolf
Address Griffiss Institute, Inc.
725 Daedalian Drive,
Rome, NY 13441
Phone/Email (315) 838-1696 | wwolf@griffissinstitute.org
Website http://www.griffissinstitute.org
Description: The Mohawk Valley NYS Certified Business Incubator will link numerous regional cyber-security assets and business development programs into one unified program. This consortium will assist start-up businesses in the Mohawk Valley by deploying best practices and provide mentorship programs, access to relevant programming, business related services and linkage to other economic development programs.