Entrepreneurs, Inventors & Innovators

Looking for Investors?

Check Out ESD's Alternative Lender Directory

Empire State Development supports innovation through a variety of programs, but if your project can't find funds through those routes, there is an alternative. ESD maintain a directory of investors and funding resources focused on supporting entrepreneurs. The directory lists contact information, loan amount ranges, and region/s supported.

Igniting New Businesses

Start-Up Funding from NYSEG

New York State Electric and Gas is offering competitive one-time grant funding of up to $25,000 (with a 50% match) through their Innovation Zone - Ignition Grants program. Start-ups must be located in or agree to move to designated Innovation Zones.

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Binghamton Accelerator Program accepting applications

Do you have a unique product or service with the potential to become something big? Designed for innovative startups looking to take the next step on their ideas, the Binghamton Accelerator Program provides young companies the resources they need to advance!

Dept. of Energy News

SETO Launches 4th Round of American-Made Solar Tech Competition

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) just announced 10 new winners, but no fear, Round 4 is open! So if you’re a U.S.-based student, entrepreneur, or other industry professional with a great solar technology idea, you have a chance to compete for cash prizes and receive technical support. Submit your innovations for Round 4 by October 8, 2020!

Innovation Development Support

Empire State Development Incentives and Finacial support for Tech Start-ups

New York State offers resources designed to enable new and existing businesses to become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) programs and centers emphasize the importance of working with industry as a way to leverage New York State’s technology strengths to produce new products. 

Small Business Administration

Guidance to help you start your business

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.