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All resources included in the library have been vetted by a team of entrepreneurial experts and are recognized as providing significant value in business building or growth assistance.

    Resource Name Description

    In Focus Brands

    In Focus Brands is a Saratoga Springs business consulting firm with co-development funding available. The co-development model requires entrepreneurs to match the fund’s contribution with their own cash with the primary goal to help entrepreneurs bridge the gap between family-and-friend financing and commercialization. The fund will differ from venture capital or angel investing in that it will make cash-flow deals, rather than take an equity stake in the companies.

    Geneseo Small Business Development Center (SBDC – satellite office)

    The Geneseo Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Binghamton Small Business Development Center(SBDC)

    The Binghamton Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Corning Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Corning Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Onondaga Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Onondaga Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Buffalo Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Buffalo Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the Buffalo SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Brockport Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the Brockport SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Jamestown Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Jamestown Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the Jamestown SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Niagara Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Thanks to partners in the public and private sectors, services at the Niagara SBDC are free and include assistance to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations.

    Center State CEO Grants for Growth

    Access to Capital in the CenterState region has taken a big step forward with the newly launched CenterState CEO Grants for Growth phased investment program funding both (1) feasibility studies to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea and
    (2) advanced projects that are beyond the proof of concept stage and need larger amounts of capital that are now looking to move forward with tech commercialization and scale the project to manufacturing capability.

    United States Small Business Administration

    Provides support to small businesses across America.

    Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University at Buffalo

    The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is an individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. The CEL has been designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, is based on proven principles, is centered around best and next practices and is backed by the thought leadership of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s faculty. More dynamic than an academic discipline and more operative than the basic rudiments of business. CEL champions entrepreneurial gusto in the pursuit of sustainable opportunities, long-term successes, financial independence and genuine personal reward. The University at Buffalo School of Management is taking care of business.

    New York Business Development Corporation

    New York Business Development Corporation’s (NYBDC) goal is to assist, promote and, through the cooperative efforts of our lending partners, advance the business prosperity and economic welfare of the State of New York by providing loans to small businesses including start-up, early stage and mature businesses with a particular emphasis on minority and women owned businesses.

    Startup Weekend Syracuse

    Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

    New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation (NYSCEDII)

    The New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation (NYSCEDII) mission is to develop next-generation design, manufacturing, product, and process development tools that best exploit new information, visualization, and simulation technologies for the benefit of the industrial base of New York State and the University at Buffalo (UB) academic community.

    New York State Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

    The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) establishes Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers in local communities to provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are interested in starting a business.

    New York State Public Libraries

    Industry, market, and competitor research.

    The Loft

    The Loft – Buffalo offers a clean, professional environment with 24-hour access to the high-tech resources that you need to be your most productive. Whether you’re starting a new business, working remotely from your office, or just stopping by in Buffalo for a work-related trip, The Loft is a perfect space to Get Work Done.

    Cowork buffalo

    Coworking space in downtown Buffalo, NY

    Buffalo Lab

    Buffalo Lab is a community of technology enthusiasts who have come together to share our resources, knowledge, interests. Learn from others, make things and play with technology, art, science, food and more.

    Upstate New York Technology Group (UNYTECH)

    UNYTECH is a collaborative effort among leading research institutions, venture firms, economic development organizations and service providers in Upstate New York. Universities in Upstate New York contribute immensely to the intellectual capital and high technology economy of the region. The eleven participating universities together have research and development expenditures over $1 billion. Research carried out within these universities translates into commercially viable products and services.

    TedX – Buffalo

    In the spirit of TED, a global platform devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    Startup Weekend Buffalo

    Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

    NextPlex

    The most advanced online toolset for building local tech communities.

    Finger Lakes Entrepreneurs Forum

    The Finger Lakes Entrepreneur’s Forum (FLEF) is a vibrant group of entrepreneurs who gather monthly for networking and educational opportunities. FLEF has worked to help entrepreneurs connect with one another by providing a forum to meet, benchmark experiences, and share resources needed to develop their companies since 1995. FLEF’s programming provides engaging and informative forum topics throughout the year targeting the interests of innovative technology companies, from start-ups to more mature companies.

    Z80 Labs Technology Incubator

    Z80’s goal is to re-ignite the internet-based technology sector in the Buffalo area, providing a catalyst in building a technology economy in Buffalo and western New York. They are a technology incubator inclusive of Life Sciences, GreenTech and SaaS, which allows participants to build technology businesses within an accelerator environment that provides valuable support across a wide range of functions.

    Wyoming County FastTrac

    FastTrac programs serve existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in non-academic environments and are delivered by a variety of affiliate organizations—non-profit and for-profit alike—including chambers of commerce, business development centers, local and regional economic development councils, colleges, universities, consulting firms, and many others. FastTrac is offered throughout the United States and in selected countries around the world. By helping entrepreneurs succeed, FastTrac programs contribute to building and sustaining strong, vibrant communities and economies.

    World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN)

    International business development organization assisting and consulting on foreign import and export services.

    WNY Student 2 Biz challenge

    The WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge is a collaborative effort between the 21 colleges and universities of the Consortium and promotes entrepreneurship between student teams.

    WISE Women’s Business Center

    he WISE Women’s Business Center (WBC) is an exciting resource for women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. If you have a business idea or a dream, if you are starting a business, or have an established business which you’re growing, we can help. Here are some quick links to help you get started on your journey!

    Westminister Economic Development Initiative (WEDI)

    Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.” a 501(c)3 non-profit that supports entrepreneurs and small business development, training, and education on the West Side of Buffalo

    Western New York Venture Association

    The WNYVA, founded in 1989, is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a business opportunity and investment forum to the Niagara region. The association holds a series of networking meetings throughout the year to facilitate the exchange of information between investors and entrepreneurs.

    Buffalo Angels

    The Buffalo Angels, a division of the Western New York Venture Association, is an angel investor network limited to accredited investors.

    US Department of Commerce Commercial Service – Rochester

    The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized U.S. companies develop international markets.

    Upstate Venture Connect

    Upstate Venture Connect is an entrepreneur led not-for-profit helping to grow a new generation of world beating businesses in Upstate NY.

    Upstate Medical University Tech Transfer

    Upstate Medical University’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) supports Upstate’s mission of improving the health of the communities it serves by facilitating the commercialization of healthcare and biomedical research innovations. Upstate is very interested in working with startups that want to commercialize Upstate technologies. Startups, although vulnerable and resource poor in their early stages, have proved one of the most reliable and robust vehicles for bringing new technologies to market. We are happy to work with both startups founded by our own employees and those founded by others.

    University of Rochester Center for Entrepreneurship

    The Center for Entrepreneurship, launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant awarded to the University in 2003, serves to identify and create new partnerships with students, alumni, local businesses, and non-profit organizations; coordinates and publicizes school-based experiences, including courses and signature programming; informs faculty of grant and bridging fellowship opportunities; and encourages collaboration among the schools engaged in entrepreneurship education at the University of Rochester.

    United States Department of Commerce Commercial Service – Syracuse

    The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized U.S. companies develop international markets.

    United States Department of Commerce Commercial Service – Buffalo

    The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized U.S. companies develop international markets.

    UB Office of Economic Development

    The University at Buffalo is an agent for growth and enterprise, competition and prosperity. With our business partners, we fuel the innovation economy and provide assistance including:

    Recruit Employees and Interns
    Leverage UB Expertise
    Business Consulting & Assistance
    Licensing, Tech Transfer, Commercialization
    Promote Your Business
    Train Your Workforce
    Rent UB Facilities and Equipment

    Trillium Group

    Founded in 1997, Trillium Group is a Rochester, N.Y.-based private equity firm managing early stage venture capital and growth equity funds. Trillium partners have extensive venture/private equity investment and management experience, having been chief executive officers, presidents and board members of a wide variety of startup companies, joint ventures, and Fortune 100 multinationals. Trillium is dedicated to achieving venture rates of return on invested capital at acceptable levels of risk.

    Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

    Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce provide value to their members with the help of their dedicated staff which works hard to save entrepreneurs’s money, and market their business and help build their community. From numerous professional development programs to great networking opportunities, the Chamber helps build business by helping meet new people and exposing to more potential customers and clients.

    Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD)

    TCAD is dedicated to building a thriving and sustainable economy that improves the quality of life in Tompkins County by fostering the growth of business and employment. They strive to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurship and business development. Regardless of the economic times, we have continued to achieve successes. Strategic partnerships with businesses, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), government, and area non-profits contribute to these efforts.

    Thomas R Beecher Innovation Center

    The Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center is a building dedicated to entrepreneurs. The research and development space houses start up and early stage companies, as well as more mature companies still operated by their founders. We run a monthly seminar series on topics of interest to entrepreneurs, sponsored by First Niagara, that includes a networking breakfast. These are free and open to all.

    The Technology Farm

    The Technology Farm provides a campus for research and development in the areas of food and agriculture.  Our flexible policies regarding the development and ownership of intellectual property make The Technology Farm exceptionally business-friendly, and give your business a unique competitive advantage.

    The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

    The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was created by the UB School of Management and the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach. Funded with a $1 million endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., the program is designed to bring undergraduate and graduate-level students from science, technology, business and other disciplines together to maximize their potential to create viable businesses in Western New York

    The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN)

    The Entrepreneurs Network -TEN – is one of Upstate New York’s fastest growing initiatives designed to bolster new ventures (early stage technology; life sciences) AND established firms (scalable, high-revenue potential; family-owned; and/or ownership transitioning.) TEN members do better: winning government grants and contracts, increasing revenues by retooling sales & marketing strategy, and securing equity financing or traditional sources.

    Eastern New York Angels

    Eastern NY Angels is seeking New York State entrepreneurs who are interested in obtaining early stage funding for their company. ENYA invests in pre-revenue companies can answer the following questions; What problem are we solving?, What is our solution?, How big is the market? Who is the target customer? What is the go to market strategy? What is the business model? What is the 3 to 5 year financial projection?

    Center for Industrial Effectiveness at the University at Buffalo

    The UB Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), an elite university extension program, connects the business community with expert resources of the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TCIE fosters business growth and guides entrepreneurs, mid-sized businesses and mature companies toward improved performance. TCIE provides technical assistance through services such as facility layout and workflow analysis, finite element analysis and systems engineering. Results-oriented Operational Excellence offerings include consultation in ISO, Lean, Six Sigma and industrial engineering. Professional development training is delivered through traditional, blended and online learning modes for the working adult.

    Syracuse Technology Garden

    The Syracuse Tech Garden is central New York’s premiere innovation and technology incubator and is home to the suite of CenterState CEO’s innovation economic development programs including Syracuse Startup Labs, the Student Sandbox, Grants for Growth, the Clean Tech Center, and Tech Meetup.

    Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE)

    Syracuse CoE is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. Activities within SyracuseCoE include research, product development, commercialization assistance, and education programs. The scope of application interests include systems that monitor and control thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, sound, and water quality in built and urban environments and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.

    The University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic Outreach (STOR)

    The University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic Outreach (STOR) facilitates the transfer of UB discoveries into enterprises that create value and provide products and services that benefit the public good. STOR collaborates with UB’s economic development focused organizations to foster partnerships between UB – New York’s major public research university – and the business community.

    Stonehenge Capital

    Stonehenge invests to support growth of sales and marketing rather thann R&D. Companies must have completed the development of their product offering, have strong managerial teams, and are in need of equity financing to support their growth.

    Startup Weekend Rochester

    Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

    StartFast Venture Accelerator

    StartFast is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator. Each year StartFast chooses 5-10 software, mobile and internet companies for an intense 3-month program in Syracuse, NY.

    Start-Up New York (tax free zones)

    Tax-Free NY will entice companies to bring their ventures to Upstate New York by offering new businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free – including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax – while also partnering with the world-class higher education institutions in the SUNY system

    Stardust Entrepreneurial Institute

    The Stardust Entrepreneurial Institute provides incentives and grants to Auburn and the surrounding area for projects ranging from the arts to technology.

    Southside Innovation Center (ESD Entrepreneurial Assistance)

    The South Side Innovation Center was created by the nationally ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) Program at the Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. SSIC accomplishes its mission through its resident programs.

    Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition

    The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition is a non-profit corporation composed of business leaders from the Southern Tier of New York State. The coalition represents multiple disciplines including strategy and business planning, marketing and business development, legal, finance and engineering and was established to create growth and new business opportunities for both existing and new entities.

    Simone Center for Innovative Entrpreneurship at RIT

    The Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship exists to help the student to fully realize their entrepreneurial goals from start to finish. Established in 2007 and named for RIT President Emeritus Albert Simone, the Center’s resources and faculty expertise are open to all students, regardless of discipline and year level. Through a three-pronged approach, students are shown how to take an idea from the beginning stages all the way through to commercialization.

    Simon School Venture Capital Fund

    The Simon School Venture Capital Fund (SSVCF) is an early stage student-run VC fund run by 2nd year MBA students at the Simon School, University of Rochester. The SSVCF is an evergreen fund and was initially funded by alumni donations.

    Seed Capital Fund of Central New York

    The Seed Capital Fund of CNYinvest in and guide early stage high tech, high growth companies located within 2 hour drive of Syracuse, New York.

    SCORE

    SCORE provides free counseling and low cost educational programs for new and existing small business owners.

    School of Information Studies at Syracuse University

    The School of Information Studies is The Original Information School in the nation. It is a leading center for innovative programs in information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology and information services. The nationally ranked school (U.S. News and World Report) has professional degree programs at the undergraduate and master’s levels and research and professional degrees at the doctoral level. The school offers its master’s programs in campus and online formats.

    Small Business Investment Company Program

    In 1958, Congress created the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program to facilitate the flow of long-term capital to America’s small businesses. SBA does not provide capital directly to businesses. Instead, SBA partners with private investors to capitalize professionally-managed investment funds (known as “SBICs”) that finance small businesses.

    Rochester Angel Network

    Rochester Angel Network is a private group of accredited investors in the Greater Rochester, NY Region with an interest in investing in seed and early stage startup companies. The network provides an accessible and efficient forum by which entrepreneurs can find potential investors, and investors can find deals of interest. RAN was formed in 2005 by a core group of local investors, and with support from Greater Rochester Enteprise. The group meets monthly to listen to presentations by one or two selected entrepreneurs, and is actively seeking applications from both entrepreneurs who are seeking funding, as well as investors interested in becoming a member of the Network.

    RocGrowth

    Business is booming in our nine county region with an active startup culture, hundreds of advanced growth businesses and a healthy local company scene. RocGrowth was created to help business owners and managers find local and state resources to help you grow your Upstate business, whether it’s a Finger Lakes winery, a software startup or a rapidly growing green energy company.

    RIT Venture Fund

    The RIT Venture Fund builds a diversified portfolio of early and later stage companies. The total average investment per company is expected to be $300-400K and will typically be made in multiple tranches. Businesses with RIT affiliation are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

    RIT Venture Creations

    RIT’s Venture Creations incubator is a place where mid-seed stage companies can advance their concepts on their way to joining the ranks of profitable, viable businesses in New York State.

    Rand Capital

    Primary focus of is to provide venture capital funds to small-to mid-sized companies headquartered in the Western and Upstate New York region.

    Product Development and Management Association (Buffalo)

    The PDMA Buffalo Niagara’s mission is to create a vibrant network of professionals and students who engage in information sharing, collaboration, and resource building to drive profitable growth within our region.

    Oswego County Business Expansion Center

    Operation Oswego County’s mission is to establish and implement sound economic development strategies in order to enhance the economic vitality of Oswego County’s businesses, industries and citizens leading to an overall better quality of life. Key to our mission is the creation and retention of job opportunities, diversification and strengthening of our economic base, and developing the local economy in a planned, organized and environmentally friendly atmosphere.

    Orleans IDA

    The County of Orleans Industrial Development Agency (COIDA) is a team of professionals dedicated to providing opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed in the area. In other words: to keep Orleans County a place Where Business Works.

    Ontario County IDA

    Ontario County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) was formed in 1972 to provide incentives to qualifying businesses that make significant capital investments in Ontario County and create and retain jobs. These incentives take the form of real property tax, sales tax and mortgage recording tax abatements for a period of time on the new investment. OCIDA owns and operates the Canandaigua Airport and, with other economic development entities, has an interest in technology and business parks in the county.

    Onondaga Venture Capital Fund

    Founded in 1985 and based in Syracuse, NY, Onondaga Venture Capital Fund (OVCF) is an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in high potential private companies in the Upstate New York region. Onondaga Venture partners with experienced entrepreneurs to provide them both the financial and advisory support to assist them in growing their business.

    Office of Technology Transfer and Industrial Development (SU-affiliated individuals only)

    The Office of Technology Transfer at Syracuse University works with faculty, students, and staff inventors at SU to commercialize technology. Tech Transfer assists with patent searches, guides the patenting process with outside counsel, and assists in understanding market need for technologies and evaluating the technology’s potential for commercialization. Tech Transfer also negotiates contracts (license agreements and others) and can be involved in the work around start-up companies.

    NYSTAR Centers for Advanced Technology

    Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) support university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies. The CAT program was created in 1983 to facilitate the transfer of technology from New York’s top research universities into commercially viable products produced in the private sector. The CAT Development Program was created in 1999 to provide more resources to successful centers to expand their work with New York business.

    New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

    Expanding UB’s core strengths in materials science and informatics is a crucial part of New York State’s strategy to help new and existing businesses become more competitive through technological innovation.

    New York State Pre-Seed Workshop

    Pre-Seed Workshop is a community event where teams build companies—not the physical structures, but the foundational plans. We bring together experts in the community (technical, legal, business, finance, etc) to determine the viability of new start-up concepts, potentially being spun-out of Universities and Federal Labs. Our focus is on commercializing hard-science technologies. In fact, we are the only program in the nation that tackles hard-science commercialization in 2½ days … through the use of “crowd analysis”.

    New York Science & Technology Law Center

    The mission of the NYS STLC is to assist and provide information to startup and early stage technology companies, New York’s Centers for Advanced Technology, Strategically Targeted Academic Research Centers, Advanced Research Centers, Centers of Excellence, and Generating Employment Through New York Science Centers (collectively, “Research Centers”) as they develop and market new technologies and seek to compete in the high technology marketplace. To this end, the NYS STLC advises the Research Centers, NYSTAR, academic institutions, and other public and private stakeholders on a wide range of technology-related legal issues, including the protection and commercialization of intellectual property, technology transfer practices, patents, copyright and trademark law, and licensing agreements.

    New York Works’ Business First

    New York Works’ Business First is a one-stop shop for all of the statewide economic development programs New York has to offer.

    New York Family Business Center

    The NY Family Business Center is a non-profit resource that helps family-owned businesses efficiently and effectively evolve through the various stages of business development.

    New York Business Plan Competition

    Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from accredited New York colleges and universities are encouraged to submitted business plans around a student-born innovation that is designed for a currently unmet need. Teams are invited each year to pitch their ideas and ventures to an external panel of investor judges at the New York Business Plan Competition and compete for over $500,000 in prizes.

    MyBooks

    MyBooks is run by a team of CPAs with more than 35 years of combined experience helping businesses save money, obtain capital, and prepare for end-of-year accounting. Services include bookkeeping, and tax and payroll pain relief.

    MedTech

    MedTech facilitates learning and collaboration by helping members to connect with experts, leaders, and peers to share knowledge, best practices, and emerging opportunities.

    Madison County Center for Economic Development

    The Madison County Center for Economic Development houses the Industrial Development Agency, with the mission of “cultivating development throughout Madison County, New York, in order to generate and enhance the livelihood of area businesses, industries, communities, and citizens, and enrich the overall quality of life”.

    LISC

    “LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise and our funding partners to leverage their investment and achieve an impact that is truly remarkable.

    Launch New York

    Launch NY is a non-profit venture development organization with a mission to create jobs by providing guidance, mentoring and investments to help emerging companies succeed within the 27 counties of Upstate New York.

    Kensa Group

    KensaGroup creates, launches and develops leading edge intellectual property platforms into successful technology-based businesses. KensaGroup uses a proprietary approach to identify and evaluate promising discoveries from universities and corporate research initiatives, then creates the necessary scientific, institutional, and financial bridges that lead from initial discovery to successful commercialization.

    Jacobs Institute

    The Jacobs Institute recognizes the power of novel, collaborative partnerships. It demonstrates creative thinking and the ability to unite behind a common goal to change the face of medicine. The Jacobs Institute’s Center for Innovation in Medicine (CIM) encompasses three of our business lines, devoted to streamlining the product development process by providing related functions in our space including: (1) Simulation & Robotics Laboratory (2) Prototyping and Product Development Laboratory (3)Training Laboratory

    Insyte Consulting

    Insyte Consulting helps WNY manufacturing and technology companies succeed. Insyte focuses in these areas because manufacturing leads our region in GDP, accounting for tens of thousands of jobs, and technology is the key to our future.

    Innovate New York Fund

    “The Innovate NY Fund is a seed stage business equity fund with up to $45 million to support innovation, job creation, and high growth entrepreneurship throughout the state. The Innovate NY Fund is supported with $35 million in State SSBCI funds and $10 million from Goldman Sachs, and is expected to leverage over $90 million in additional private investment in small businesses.

    InfoTech Niagara

    InfoTech Niagara is the trade association of Western New York’s information technology industry.

    High Tech Rochester

    High Tech Rochester is a nonprofit whose mission is to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development. We do this by applying business expertise and network connections to aid in the formation and profitable growth of companies in the Rochester area and the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.

    High Peaks Venture Partners

    High Peaks makes Seed and Series A investments in industry transforming information technology companies. They are active investors who work closely with companies, so they limit their investment to companies based in the northeast.

    Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation (GSBDC)

    The Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation (GSBDC) provides non-conventional funding in the form of long-term loans with fixed interest rates and low down payments to small businesses throughout New York. Our loans support fixed asset projects and provide working capital for a wide range of businesses, which create jobs and wealth in our region.

    Golden Seeds

    It is an investment firm dedicated to deliver above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. It has 2 early stage venture funds and has 3 branches (an angel network, venture capital fund and knowledge institute) that operates in harmony with each other.

    Genesee IDA

    The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is the County’s primary designated agency for the promotion of economic development and economic growth. The agency was reorganized to its current form in 1979.

    Fredonia Technology Incubator

    The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator supports the growth of our clients with mentoring, consulting, technological resources, and paths to capital.

    First Wave Technologies

    First Wave Technologies is a newly formed technology firm established to assist researchers and corporations advance their technologies to market. However, more importantly than providing “just money”, First Wave’s model is to provide a complete management team that can partner with researchers to accelerate introduction of ideas into the hands of customers.

    FF Venture Capital

    FF Venture Capital is an early stage venture capital firm with about $60M under management. FF Venture Capital also provides job board, recruiting assistance, strategy consulting, an experienced mentor network, a pool of preferred service providers, a portfolio executive community, accounting services, help with software development and public relations counsel.

    Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship

    The outreach arm of our Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises department at Syracuse University, the mission of the Falcone Center is to facilitate the entrepreneurial activity on campus and the local and regional communities.

    Excell Partners

    Excell is a New York State-supported seed fund. Although it is a not-for-profit organization, Excell maintains a for-profit discipline by structuring each investment with convertible debt and equity returns so that, over time, the fund becomes self-sustaining or evergreen.

    Collaboration Laboratory (COLAB) at Syracuse University

    The Collaboration Laboratory (COLAB) at Syracuse University brings together students and faculty from various disciplines, with diverse skills and experiences, to learn how to approach problems collaboratively and work toward creative solutions.

    Erie County Workforce Investment Board

    The Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is charged with developing, coordinating and overseeing publicly funded workforce development/training initiatives. Developing and maintaining a high quality workforce is critical to attracting and retaining business in Erie County. The WIB is committed to creating and promoting a workforce development system that is user friendly and responsive to the needs of both the individual training/job applicant, and/or the business organization seeking assistance. The overall goal is to develop and sustain a unified, cost effective, labor market driven system that facilitates economic development and business growth in the community.

    Envoi Ventures

    ENVOI invests in seed and early stage Technology and Life Science companies.

    Enhanced Capital

    Enhanced Capital is a diversified, national asset management firm providing investment capital to small businesses that are underserved by traditional sources of financing. With more than a decade of targeted and impact investment expertise, Enhanced Capital creates innovative structures that fit the needs of small businesses. Its conservative approach to investing is key to successfully growing companies and creating value while protecting investment partners and striving to attain above market returns to investors.

    Empire State Development

    Empire State Development is New York State’s chief economic development agency.

    Erie County Industrial Development Agency

    The mission of the Erie County IDA is to provide the resources that encourage investment, innovation, growth and global competitiveness – creating a successful business climate that improves the quality of life for the residents of the region.

    Diane McMahon – Attorney at Law

    Corporate lawyer with extensive experience with entrepreneurial enterprises during periods of growth fueled by outside financing and/or acquisition. Significant knowledge and experience in corporate, financing, securities, contracting, licensing and real estate law. Management experience in operations, business planning and quality systems. Strengths include experience across multiple industries and technologies; the ability to think both strategically and operationally; high energy; and people skills.

    County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

    The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s mission is to develop and promote business in Chautauqua County, NY.

    Cortland Downtown Partnership

    The Cortland Downtown Partnership’s mission is to advance commerce and culture in historic downtown Cortland including economic development and business development, promotion and marketing, planning and historic preservation, as well as community development.

    Colligan Law LLP

    Colligan Law LLP specializes in niche practice areas of technology licensing, venture financing, special education and employment law.

    Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board (CNY RPDB)

    The CNY RPDB provides a comprehensive range of services associated with the growth and development of communities in Central New York with a focus on the following program areas: community development, economic development, energy management, environmental management, information and research services, intergovernmental coordination, and transportation planning.

    Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

    The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) will help reshape the regional economy and build wealth within the urban community by being the hub for urban entrepreneurial programs and research.

    Center for Advanced Systems & Engineering (CASE)

    CASE is New York State’s premier applied research center for interdisciplinary expertise in the broad area of complex information intensive systems, including monitoring and control, predictive analysis, information fusion, computational intelligence, wireless communications and networks, security and assurance.

    Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at SUNY Alfred

    At Alfred University’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT), the primary mission is to help NYS companies retain and create jobs, increase their productivity, and boost their profitability through research in advanced ceramic materials and processing. The CACT offers a wide range of research options to help businesses grow and thrive.

    Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology at SUNY Buffalo

    The University at Buffalo Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) fosters the creation of new life sciences companies and helps existing businesses expand through new or improved product lines by utilizing the R&D assets and expertise within the University.

    Cayuga Venture Fund

    Based in Ithaca, the Cayuga Venture Fund works to create and establish a thriving community of leading edge, high tech start up companies by providing necessary capital and other resources needed to grow and prosper.

    Cayuga Community College

    Entrepreneurship education

    Cattaraugus IDA

    The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), a public benefit corporation, was created in 1971 to retain, promote and assist private sector industrial and business development, thereby advancing job opportunities and economic welfare to the people of Cattaraugus County.

    Carolyn Human Communications LLC

    Carolyn Human Communications is an entrepreneurial public relations firm specializing in media relations, social media strategy planning, internal communications, crisis planning and response, and media training

    Canrock Ventures

    In addition to investing in companies, Canrock works closely with nearby world-class research institutions to commercialize academic projects. Canrock provides incubator and shared services

    Canisius College Women’s Business Center

    As the region’s most compre­hensive resource for business and professional women, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) provides real-world expertise to help women business owners gain professional growth.

    Buffalo Urban League

    The Buffalo Urban League helps to empower minorities and disadvantaged individuals to secure economic self-reliance including entrepreneurship, power and civil rights.

    Buffalo Niagara Partnership

    The Buffalo Niagara Partnership organizes and undertakes action to expand private sector jobs and investments in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership is Buffalo Niagara’s employer-funded economic development organization and the regional chamber of commerce. Through the Partnership, individuals and organizations come together to leverage to regional development issues and opportunities; that’s expertise@work.

    Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

    Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) provides comprehensive economic development assistance to new and existing companies doing business in the eight counties of Western New York. Our services run the gamut from demographic information to tax incentives to site identification.

    Bright Buffalo Niagara Venture Forum

    Since 2009, Bright Buffalo Niagara has partnered with local investors and entrepreneurs to cultivate an ecosystem that nurtures economic growth. The mission of Bright Buffalo Niagara is to connect regional investment across the east coasts through to the midwest of both the United States and Canada to the high-tech industry – including opportunities in energy, life sciences, IT & advanced manufacturing.

    Batavia Industrial Center

    The Batavia Industrial Center (BIC) was the world’s first business incubator. Established in 1959, BIC’s approach of not only providing a space for tenants to build their businesses, but of also assisting them with shared services and consultation, has been adapted by leading institutions across the globe.

    Armory Square Venture Capital Fund

    Venture capital fund with plans to back startups throughout New York State, but with a greater focus upstate. The investment strategy will be to lead seed and early-stage deals in fields including health care, information technology, education, manufacturing, software, financial technology and digital media. Investments will range in size from $500,000 to $750,000.

    Allstate Women and Minorities Emerging Entrepreneurs Program

    The Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) Program is a joint venture by the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the UB Center for Urban Studies. The program’s mission is to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to move their companies to the next stage of development. The MWEE Program is partially funded with a generous grant from the Allstate Foundation.

    At Home Business “U”

    At-Home Business “U” is a six-course certification program, featuring workshops and seminars on a variety of topics for the at home business owner. By partnering with local colleges like Roberts Wesleyan College and Daemen College, the Chamber is able to offer a curriculum designed to help participants develop the business acumen they need to sustain a prosperous future.