Programs

Accelerator Program

The accelerator program is a 3 month program designed to help new companies through the customer discovery phase with an emphasis on product market fit. Run 3 times per year by the Director of Business Incubation Dan Mori, companies accepted into this program will be put through a crash course on the Business Model Canvas and in person interviews to determine if their product or service is a viable company. The course ends with a go, no go, or a pivot on the concept. Graduates of this course are then encouraged to apply for the incubator program. To learn more about this program or to apply Contact Us today.

Business Incubation Program

The conventional business plan is no longer the only tool available for entrepreneurs to start, build, and grow their companies. Entrepreneurs are building new businesses that create economic development and jobs, and every business needs a business advisor to help them make the right decisions and take action. The Business Incubation Program uses GrowthWheel as a tool to help you attract clients that you can actually create results with through the mentoring of Dan Mori – Director of Business Incubation.

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform for decision making and action planning for startup and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For the business advisor, the absolute flexibility of the toolbox means that it can be fully adapted to existing advisory tools and client needs, and it can even be used by clients themselves.

To learn more about this program or to apply Contact Us today.

SOUTHERN TIER CLEAN ENERGY INCUBATOR

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is a NYSERDA certified Clean Energy Incubator.

The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator program leverages deep research and development resources at Binghamton University, builds on regional relationships and the 76West Clean Energy Competition to offer a full suite of mentoring, networking, training and technical support to new clean energy companies. Headquartered at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton – with office space, wet and dry labs, high bay lab, conference room, collaboration spaces, co-work space and public reception areas. This serves as a hub for clean energy entrepreneurial activity in the region.

Clean Energy Program Director Alex Hagen joins our team with extensive management experience on multiple types of projects including new system implementation, process improvements and change management. Alex is CFO at ShrubBucket.com and has worked with energy companies for over 9 years. He will be mentoring all clean energy companies within the incubator.

I-CORPS SHORT COURSE SITE

National Science Foundation sites are awarded to research institutions who will nurture and support multiple, local teams to explore the possibility of transforming technology concepts for commercialization. The Binghamton site provides infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps National Team applicants. The goal of the site is to support innovation locally.

The Binghamton site runs an I-Corps Short Course several times a year. Participants in this free course will be exposed to the Business Model Canvas using a “flipped” classroom approach where most of the learning is acquired  “out of the building”  by talking to customers, partners, and industry experts. The course starts with two half days in-person, two weeks of online remote sessions, followed by an in-person half day session.

If you work with a team, the whole team can participate in the Short Course. Teams already working with industry mentors stand to maximize their experience in the Short Course, but a mentor is not required. Short Course participation is excellent preparation for those interested in the National I-Corps Program.

The Binghamton site and short course is coordinated by Tony Frontera-Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Binghamton University’s School of Management.