Programs to drive growth and innovation

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Battery tech and entrepreneurship fellowship


Empower Southern Tier is a first-of-its-kind battery innovation fellowship program to advance storage innovation R&D projects towards commercialization goals.

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For climatetech startups

Clean Energy Incubator (SCI)

The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator (SCI) program at the Koffman Incubator collaborates with Binghamton University to combine development resources with deep research in order to offer a full suite of mentoring, networking, training and technical support to new clean energy companies.

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For researchers and innovators

NSF I-Corps

Through a short experiential course is for researchers and entrepreneurs. Participants are provided guidance and mentorship, alongside a $3,000 grant, to discover their ideal customer.

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For early-stage startups

Accelerator Program

Early startups accepted into this free three-month program will be put through a crash course on the Business Model Canvas where the company will be aided in discovering how to successfully develop their idea and define their business.

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For researchers and cleantech ventures


XCEED provides prototyping funding and summer fellowships combined with innovation and entrepreneurship training to advance technologies in cleantech, clean energy, climate science and life sciences, biomedical, and health sciences areas.

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For high-growth startups


Qualifying companies part of business incubators in New York are incentivized to invest and grow their communities through the Hot Spot Program in exchange for tax benefits, with the opportunity to operate tax-free when partnering with a nearby educational institution.

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Strategic funding for area business


BingTech Ventures provides strategic investments to businesses looking to grow In the Southern Tier in order to contribute to startups capital while fostering a diverse business ecosystem.

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For short-term startup launches

Explore and Launch

Over a six-month period, entrepreneurs are given guidance, space and other resources in an effort to efficiently develop and operate their business venture to positively contribute to the diverse business ecosystem in the region by the end of the timeframe.

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For international startups

Soft Landings

The Koffman Incubator is a designated as a Soft Landings space, a space that is recognized for its excellence in providing companies with various services. Soft Landing designees ensure that foreign companies experience a “soft landing” when entering a new country.

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For community ventures

Entrepreneurship Assistance Center

Operated by SUNY Broome, the EAC provides resources and assistance to entrepreneurial ventures through various types of services such as workshops, supportive groups and classrooms. The EAC welcomes entrepreneurial ventures of all stages.

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