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Innovation/Entrepreneur Resource Directory

By Vance Marriner


Welcome to the 2020 Innovation & Entrepreneur Resource Directory. The following organizations foster innovation and provide funding, consultation, training, information, and other support to entrepreneurs across Central New York.

CASE at Syracuse University

2-212 Center of Science & Technology 

Syracuse, NY 13244

-Phone: (315) 443-1060


-Year established: 1984

-Organization type: incubator, funding source

-Services/Resources offered: university-industry research and development collaborations; engage students; deliver customized technology workshops and short-courses; host networking events; pursue funding opportunities; commercialize technology; facilitate access to University resources

-Industries served: works with companies of all sizes, from any industry sector

-Total Admin. Staff: 6

-No. of CNY Offices: 1

-Director: Pramod Varshney


The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)

103 CAMP Building 5665

Potsdam, NY 13699

-Phone: (315) 268-2336


-Organization type: consulting/training provider, Center for Advanced Technology
-Services/Resources offered: materials synthesis, materials processing, technology transfer, materials - computational methods, materials characterization, education & training

-Industries served: industry, corporations, and government entities

-Director: Devon Shipp


Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC)

841 East Fayette St.

Syracuse, NY 13210

-Phone: (315) 464-9288


-Year established: 2011

-Organization type: innovation center, incubator

-Services/Resources offered: licensed state-of-the-art wet-lab space, shared equipment, access to Upstate Medical University clinical and basic science expertise, access to Upstate Medical University core facilities, educational programming, service-provider network, mentor network, match resources, 200-plus seat theater and café event space rental, collaborative partnerships

-Industries served: biotech/biomed commercialization startups

-Executive Director: Kathi Durdon


25 Monroe St. Suite 201

Albany, NY 12210

-Phone: (518) 768-7030


-Year established: 2016

-Organization type: funding source, consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: FuzeHub provides New York state manufacturers and startups with guided access to network of industry experts, programs and assets to solve productivity, commercialization, research and development issues, and other challenges to growth

-Industries served: Small to medium-sized manufacturing companies and startups

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: Manufacturing Reimagined Program, Cybersecurity, Build4Scale

-Total Admin. Staff: 18

-Total No. of Offices: 1

-Executive Director: Elena Garuc


Griffiss Institute

592 Hangar Road

Rome, NY 13441

-Phone: (315) 838-1696


-Year established: 2002

-Organization type: incubator, consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: technology transfer, internship, program, workforce education & training, STEM education

-Industries served: advocates and facilitates the co-operation of private industry, academia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, in developing solutions to critical cybersecurity problems

-Interim President and Chief Engineer: Mike Wessing


Integrated Electronics Engineering Center at Binghamton University

Integrated Electronics Engineering Center

Binghamton, NY 13902


-Year established: 1991

-Organization type: research center

-Services/Resources offered: Reliability and Failures Lab, Smart Electronics Manufacturing Lab; collection of equipment open for students, faculty, and industry members use; archive of past and ongoing industry research projects, knowledge-sharing, networking

-Industries served: electronics

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: Annual Electronics Packaging Symposium

-Director: S.B. Park


Koffman Southern Tier Incubator

120 Hawley St.

Binghamton, NY 13901

-Phone: (607) 777-5094


-Year established: 2017

-Organization type: incubator

-Services/Resources offered: 35,000 square-feet of offices, high-tech labs, and co-working spaces that encourage collaboration between members; access to financial, legal and regulatory resources and services

-Industries served: energy, electronics, health

-Assistant VP for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development:
Per Stromhaug


Launch NY

77 Goodell St., Suite 201

Buffalo, NY 14203

-Phone: (716) 881-8006


-Organization type: funding source consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: mentoring, proof-of-concept funding, business tools, resource network

-Industries served: advanced manufacturing, biomedical, chemicals/materials, cleantech, consumer goods & services, food and beverage, IT & web technology, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mobile technology, nanotechnology, sensors

-President & CEO: Marnie LaVigne


Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

405 Weill Hall, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

-Phone: (607) 255-3756


-Year established: 2008

-Organization type: incubator

-Services/Resources offered: lab equipment, office space

-Industries served: life sciences

-McGovern Center Director: Lou Walcer


Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Utica, NY 13502

-Phone: (315) 792-7547


-Year established: 1986

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: one-on-one business counseling, business-plan development, startup assistance, sources of financing, government contracting assistance, training workshops, research services, and MWBE resources

-Director: Paul Arvantides


MVCC’s thINCubator

326 Broad St.

Utica, NY 13501

-Phone: (315) 880-0511


-Year established: 2014

-Organization type: innovation center, incubator

-Services/Resources offered: offers programs to help you generate better business ideas, refine and accelerate startups (The Refinery), and meet other CNY creatives (MESH); provides coworking

-Total Admin. Staff: 2

-Co-Director: Stacey Smith
-Co-Director: Ryan Miller


New York Business Development Corp.

1220 Coffeen St.

Watertown, NY 13601

-Phone: (315) 782-9262


-Year established: 1986

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: free confidential business counseling for new and existing businesses in Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego counties including business planning, marketing, financial assistance, government-procurement opportunities

-Regional Director: Elizabeth Lonergan


North Country Innovation Hot Spot

65 Main St.

Potsdam, NY 13676

-Phone: (315) 268-3810


-Organization type: incubator

-Services/Resources offered: office and lab space, press releases, business development, business-plan review, growth strategies, market channels, product development

-Industries served: small and early-stage businesses

-Director of the Shipley Center: Jamey Hoose


Praxis Center for Venture Development

350 Duffield Hall, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

-Phone: (607) 255-6032


-Year established: 2019

-Organization type: innovation
center, incubator, consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: provides a launchpad for Cornell University-based researchers to commercialize their technologies

-Industries served: semiconductors, medical devices, enterprise software, chemicals, instruments, and many others

-Administrative Academic Director: Robert Scharf
-Program Assistant: Stacy Clementson


Rev: Ithaca Startup Works

314 East State St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

-Phone: (607) 882-2400


-Organization type: incubator

-Services/Resources offered: business mentorship, workspace, and startup resources

-Industries served: any new or growing business that will create jobs in Ithaca and surrounding communities, mentorship is field-agnostic

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: Events@Rev

-Executive Director: Tom Schryver


Small Business Development Center at OCC

Mulroy Hall

Syracuse, NY 13215

-Phone: (315) 498-6070


-Year established: 1986

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: business counseling, business-plan development, consulting, workshops, MWBE resources, cooperatives

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: COVID-19 programs, assistance, and resources; ESD Digital Initiative

-Total Admin. Staff: 9

-Regional Director: Joan A. Powers


South Side Innovation Center

2610 South Salina St.

Syracuse, NY 13205

-Phone: (315) 443-8466


-Year established: 2006

-Organization type: innovation center

-Services/Resources offered: Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP), supporting clients and tenants of SSIC; WISE Women’s Business Center for women seeking to start or grow a business; Syracuse Commercial Test Kitchen (COMTEK) to help food entrepreneurs launch businesses; Start-up NY/ Program for Investment in Micro-entrepreneurs (PRIME) supporting disabled and low- income entrepreneurs with training and assistance

-Industries served: aspiring, new, and existing entrepreneurs, women, minorities, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, and those interested in food-product development and manufacture

-Director: El-Java Abdul-Qadir


SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center

French Hall 201

Canton, NY 13617

-Phone: (315) 386-7312


-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services; helps startups develop a business plan, assist existing businesses prepare to expand, or offer resources for industry-specific topics

-Director: Dale Rice



727 E. Washington St.

Syracuse, NY 13244

-Phone: (315) 443-4445


-Organization type: Center of Excellence

-Services/Resources offered: University and corporate R&D expertise, state-of-the-art R&D facilities, industry-led product development, exposure to funding opportunities, assistance with grant proposals networking and intellectual collisions, focused economic-development programs, startup assistance, business attraction opportunities

-Industries served: environmental and energy technologies

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: SyracuseCoE Symposium

-Interim Executive Director: Eric A. Schiff



445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 102

Liverpool, NY 13088

-Phone: (315) 425-5144


-Year established: 1988

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: helps manufacturers and technology entrepreneurs through lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Toyota Kata, Quality Management Systems, global business development, technology commercialization, SBIR assistance, ISO certification

-Industries served: manufacturing, packing & crating, R&D, engineering services, testing laboratories, packing & labeling services, commercial and industrial machinery and equipment

-Total Admin. Staff: 4

-No. of CNY Offices: 1

-Center Director: Jim D’Agostino


The Tech Garden

235 Harrison St.

Syracuse, NY 13202

-Phone: (315) 470-1970


-Year established: 2004

-Organization type: innovation center, incubator, funding source, consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: events, resources, programs

-VP, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Rick Clonan


The Technology Farm

500 Technology Farm Drive

Geneva, NY 14456

-Phone: (315) 781-0070


-Organization type: incubator

-Services/Resources offered: “Flexible Technology” research building for entrepreneurs/startup companies and diversifying companies; multi-tenant flex space for mid-sized research and development companies; build-to-suit sites for large, mature companies ranging in size from 4 to 20 acres

-Industries served: agriculture, food, and biotechnology

-Executive Director: John Johnson


Upstate Venture Connect

235 Harrison St., #41

Syracuse, NY 13202

-Phone: (315) 235-1283


-Year established: 2010

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: connects and empowers upstate New York entrepreneurs with the resources for building high-growth companies

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: UNY50 Leadership Network, Upstate Unleashed Conference & Awards, UNY Event Calendar

-Founder & Chairman: Martin Babinec
-Co-founder & CEO: Nasir Ali


U.S. Small Business Administration Syracuse District Office

224 Harrison Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

-Phone: (315) 471-9393


-Organization type: federal agency

-Services/Resources offered: business counseling and training programs, access to capital, government contracting programs, disaster recovery, small business advocacy

-Industries served: small business

-Notable initiatives/success stories/events: SBA Emerging Leaders program 

-District Director: Bernard J. Paprocki


WISE Women’s Business Center

100 Madison St.

Syracuse, NY 13202

-Phone: (315) 443-8634


-Year established: 2003

-Organization type: consulting/training provider

-Services/Resources offered: offers counseling, coaching, consulting, training, networking, and mentoring opportunities to women interested in launching or growing a business venture

-Director: Meghan Florkowski

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