Central New York Biotechnology Research Center

Resources for Clients

Central New York is a connected place for entrepreneurs. Below are resources available to incubator clients to explore. Including organizations, information about local competitions and funding opportunities.


Syracuse Score
A free and confidential mentoring service for startups or existing companies. Volunteers hold workshops and provide individual guidance in marketing, finance, legal, insurance and more.

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship,
Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Six Saturday morning sessions with entrepreneurs and Syracuse University faculty focus on business plans and models, financing, customers, etc. Bootcamp costs $650; scholarships are available.

The Tech Garden
A downtown Syracuse space for early-stage and mid-size technology companies to grow in a creative, collaborative atmosphere. Home of the Clean Tech Center for renewable energy.

Centerstate CEO
A 12-county business leadership and economic development organization based in Syracuse, with more than 2,000 members; the region's primary economic, community and business development catalyst.

A group of leading Upstate New York research institutions, venture firms, economic development organizations and service providers, including 11 universities with R&D expenditures of more than $1 billion.

The New York State Science & Technology Law Center at Syracuse University
Advises 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.

A group of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies, product and service providers, and research universities. MedTech focuses on closer collaboration among firms, and is an advocate for companies.

Service to connect entrepreneurs and academic institutions with information, and provides resources in the form of grants. Initiative started in 2007 with a $3 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Local business competitions

Panasci Business Plan Competition
Competition is open to Syracuse University students. Non-students can enter, but team leader must be enrolled at SU. First prize is $25,000; three other awards total $20,000.

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Funding Resources

Seed Capital Fund of CNY members invest in start-up technology companies in Central New York.

Upstate Venture Association of New York is a statewide organization advancing venture capital and private equity investments in the upstate region.

The Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation provides long-term loans at fixed interest rates and low down payments to small businesses throughout New York.

The Small Business Association offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance. The SBA does not make loans directly.

The New York State Economic Development Council offers incentives such as brownfield and emerging technology tax credit programs.

The New York State Small Business Development Center provides counseling and training to state residents who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.

Empire State Development promotes business investment and growth through programs such as the Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, including “micro-loans” of $25,000 or less.

The Central New York office of Empire State Development can help in building a new facility, relocating, expanding and entering new markets.

The New York Business Development Corporation works with banks to provide loans that may not meet requirements for traditional financing. NYBDC is licensed to provide the SBA 504 loan program.

CNY Technology Development Organization works with companies in five counties to develop strategies, implement technologies and assist in the transfer of university-developed technologies.

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CNY Biotech Accelerator

A Brand New Facility