Upstate Venture Connect Map

Here is an amazing map that shows the Upstate New York Ecosystem.

Org Chart in Residence

Our Org Chart in Residence program is designed to help entrepreneurs fill gaps in their management teams with seasoned mentors who actively participate in the acceleration of startup activities. Startups can augment their founders’ talents with experts in the fields of operations, marketing, finance and technology. The goal of this valuable resource is to surround entrepreneurs with knowledgeable executives who can help them avoid as many operational pitfalls as possible en route to securing initial clients and revenue.

Centerstate CEO

The Tech Garden is an affiliate of CenterState CEO, a twelve-county business leadership and economic development organization. A private, not-for-profit organization, CenterState CEO represents more than 2,000 members and serves as the region’s primary economic, community and business development catalyst. CenterState CEO works to achieve regional growth and total community prosperity through partnerships, planning and problem solving.

Upstate Venture Association of New York

With a focus on education, events and advocacy, UVANY seeks to advance the number, scale and quality of private equity investments across New York State. These individuals and member venture capital firms, working with entrepreneurs, companies seeking funding, private equity firms and professionals strive to improve deal flow and facilitate greater availability of capital for all investment stages.

Syracuse Center of Excellence

SyracuseCoE is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. Activities within SyracuseCoE include research, product development, commercialization assistance, and education programs. The scope of application interests include systems that monitor and control thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, sound, and water quality in built and urban environments and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.


Entrepreneurs are constantly on the lookout for talent. Unfortunately, they often don’t have the time or money to attract and retain a complete team. For experienced, ad hoc technical talent, The Tech Garden’s residents can rely on DevBox, an in-house software development team intended to help residents get to their MCP (Minimum Compelling Product) faster. DevBox provides a variety of project management, front- and back-end development and UX design services at entrepreneur-friendly rates.

WISE Women’s Business Center

WISE, a women’s center for new and existing businesses, helps entrepreneurs get started and supports them throughout their journeys of making their dream businesses a success. WISE provides one-on-one business counseling, training, workshops, and mentorship for women looking to start and grow a business. Their staff and certified business counselors are ready to help women design their business plans for success.

New York Business Development Corporation

The New York Business Development Corporation is a project financing partner, promoting access to capital for New York’s startup and small businesses and working with lending partners on government guaranteed (SBA and USDA) and conventional loans.  One of the largest CDC lenders in the country, NYBDC is a 127-member bank consortium that administers SBA 504 and 7A loan programs, along with special programs such as the Statewide Zone Capital Corporation and the new NYS Small Business Revolving Loan Fund.

Launch NY

Launch NY is nonprofit venture development organization with a mission to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture of Upstate New York through regional collaboration with ecosystem partners. Launch NY collaborates with organizations whose purpose is to assist entrepreneurs and encourage entrepreneurship. In so doing, they continuously support, and assist in sponsoring, regional events that seek to inform, educate and provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Other Resources

You may find these other regional resources valuable:

Upstate Venture Connect: An entrepreneur led not-for-profit organization helping to grow a new generation of world beating businesses in Upstate NY.

SBA—Syracuse District Office: The Syracuse District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is located across the street from The Tech Garden campus. The office is responsible for the delivery of SBA’s many programs and services to 34 counties in Central New York.

The Seed Capital Fund of Central New York: Invests in and guides early stage technology companies in Syracuse and Central/Upstate New York.

Excell Partners: A unique regional economic development partnership established in cooperation with the University of Rochester and the State of New York to manage a state-supported fund that provides pre-seed and seed stage financing to high-tech start-up companies in Upstate New York.

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