Our Programs Fund and Support Entrepreneurs
Millions of funding dollars have flowed through The Tech Garden over the years to invest in, support, and educate entrepreneurs. From grants, business competitions, direct investment and other programs, we offer what members need to achieve success.
What program is right for your startup?
The HotSpot program is a 5-year tax incentive program designed for formative stage companies in the tech and manufacturing industries. Tax incentive certifications are provided by a NY Certified Innovation HotSpot whose goal is to provide services and resources that enable these businesses to successfully transition from start-up phase to larger-scale commercialization of their products and services.
GENIUS NY Accelerator
GENIUS NY is the world's largest business accelerator competition for uncrewed systems, IoT and big data. The accelerator invests more than $3 million in five startups each year. The program is funded by Empire State Developement.
The Clean Tech Center
The Clean Tech Center is a NYSERDA-funded initiative focused on developing clean energy technology companies in Central New York. Clean tech is an emerging sector of products, services and processes that harness renewable energy sources, reduce the carbon footprint and advance sustainability.
The Tech Garden Grants for Growth
The Tech Garden manages the New York State funded Grants for Growth program, which awards funds to The Tech Garden members in three phases.
Members in early stage development can apply for ignition grants up to $10K. Once members are finalizing their prototypes, they may apply for pre-seed grants up to $25K. Members who are ready to go to market and commercialize their service/product can apply for seed funding, which typically takes the form of a convertible debt note between $25K and $100K.
Bringing Fotokite to the U.S. has always been important for the success of our startup. GENIUS NY has accelerated this process for us even more than we could have expected, resulting in game-changing speed of growth, incredible local and national network connections, and highly curated business advice to help prepare and scale up operations.
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