START-UP NY helps new and expanding businesses through tax-based incentives and innovative academic partnerships. START-UP NY offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State. Partnering with these schools gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources and experts in key industries. 

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To participate in START-UP NY, your company must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a new business in New York State, or an existing New York business relocating to or expanding within the state
  • Partner with a New York State college or university
  • Create new jobs and contribute to the economic development of the local community

List of Ineligible Businesses 

  • Retail and wholesale businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Law and accounting firms
  • Medical or dental practices
  • Real estate management companies/brokers
  • Hospitality
  • Retail banking
  • Utilities and energy production
  • Finance and financial services
  • Businesses providing personal services
  • Businesses providing business administration support and services

START-UP NY is also available to qualified international companies interested in relocating, expanding or starting a business in New York State. To learn more, visit Global NY.

How to Apply

Step 1 – Using our schools directory (see below), find the right school for you to partner with based on geography and academic mission.

Step 2 – Contact and work directly with the school of your choice to apply.

START-UP NY Directory

Use this directory to find the school that’s the best fit for your business. Get in touch with the campus contact to start the application process.

New York State University Directory 

Resources for Businesses

Resources for Schools

For All Universities/Colleges:

For Private Universities/Colleges Only:

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Want to know more about START-UP NY program requirements for participating businesses and schools? Download the regulations (PDF) and the START-UP NY statute (PDF)

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