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, to 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 unmanned 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 Fund of Funds
The Tech Garden offers strategically injected capital in accordance with our internal funding thesis. Funding program opportunities are aligned with their appropriate stage on The Road Map and is sourced from multiple pools of funding that The Tech Garden manages.
Members in Ideation can apply for an up to $10K Ignition Grant. Those in Acceleration can apply for GENIUS NY or The Clean Tech Center if applicable or for up to $25K in pre-seed funding. Those in Incubation can apply for seed funding, which typically takes the form of a convertible debt note between $25K and $100K. Finally, members in Expansion should be looking at our match funding opportunities, which can help incentivize investors by offering a match on their investment in return for equity or convertible debt up to $100K before startups are exclusively seeking follow-on funding opportunities.
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