The Tech Garden


 Lynn Hughes

Lynn Hughes, Director of Operations

Lynn Hughes, Director of Operations, joined the The Tech Garden (TTG) as Associate Manager in October 2004. She is responsible for facility and operations management. She is also responsible for organizing all events at TTG and represents TTG at promotional events and in community outreach.

Lynn is an experienced manager having served as Vice President of Administration with United Way of Central New York. In that role she was responsible for facility management, human resources, and information technology.

Lynn can be reached at 315-470-1969 or email at: 



Seth Mulligan

Seth Mulligan, Vice President for Innovation Services

Seth Mulligan serves as the Vice President for Innovation Services for CenterState CEO, where he provides high level venture development assistance for early stage entrepreneurs, emerging businesses, and innovation industry leaders.

As Director of Venture Development, Seth assists mentorship efforts to connect emerging businesses and entrepreneurs with resources, subject matter experts and investors. He offers direct support for companies that are part of The Tech Garden,Clean Tech Center, Student Sandbox and CenterState CEO portfolios, and provide technical assistance in developing business plans, marketing plans and funding strategies. He will also actively seek equity investors and develop equity-based programs for funding early stage ventures.

Seth is no stranger to The Tech Garden. He was the President and Founder of GoVo Biofuels, LLC, a start-up biofuels company that had been part of the Clean TechCenter's portfolio in 2009 before he joined the Tech Garden team. He was previously Executive Director of New York AgriDevelopment Corporation, working on agribusiness development projects in conjunction with ag and food industry partners across New York State. He previously worked for the Metropolitan Development Association, coordinating projects such as Grants for Growth and the Emerging Business Plan competition.

Seth holds an MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as MPS and undergraduate degrees from Alfred University.

Seth can be reached at 315-470-1963 or by email at: View Seth's brandyourself profile here: 

John Liddy

John Liddy, Director of Student Venture Development and the Student Sandbox

John serves as director of the Student Sandbox at The Tech Garden and is an instructor at Syracuse University and LeMoyne College.  He was also recently selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the local instructor for the SBA’s e200 executive education program in Syracuse, NY.   The SBA e200 program is a prestigious national program that accepts only C-suite executives from companies that have been in business three years, generating annual revenue between $400,000 and $10 million.  Only a handful of communities are selected each year to offer the program, and 18 candidates were accepted in the 2011 program being held in Syracuse this summer. 

John’s background is as an operations executive with 20 years of management experience, in a progressive trajectory culminating in a position of general manager with total P&L responsibility for a $300+ million business.  His skill sets include entrepreneurship, coaching, strategic planning, operational efficiency, P & L management, financial analysis, organizational development, workflow analysis, multi-site location management, and employee communication.

His career has consisted of both entrepreneurial and managerial work. After earning a B.A. in political science at the University of Vermont, Liddy became a successful entrepreneur, helping develop and launch multiple start-up companies, transforming these projects into revenue-producing businesses. After working on a research and development technology start-up called TextWise, Liddy earned an executive M.B.A. at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and advanced his craft by learning the principles of management he used as an entrepreneur.  He then joined the corporate world, working as distribution manager and then general manager with Suburban Propane, a public company in the oil and energy industry, before coming back to entrepreneurship in 2009.

John can be reached at 315-560-6622 or by email at:

The Tech Garden
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

(315) 474-0910