Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships

Building Binghamton University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem one step at a time is at the heart of everything we do.

When faculty, students or staff make an invention, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships serves as the campus resource to help assess, protect and leverage the underlying intellectual property rights.

When professors want to bring entrepreneurial thinking into their classrooms, we’re there to help.   And our efforts in innovation-based economic development strive to ensure that this area, once called the Valley of Opportunity, will live up to its nickname again.


Current Opportunities

Perfecting Your Pitch

After submitting your application to the New York State Business Plan Competition, it's time to perfect your pitch.

Practice your pitch, and receive feedback from your peers, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and members of The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships.

When: Tuesday, April 14th at 4:30pm

Where: Room 2008 of the Engineering & Sciences building, located on the Innovative Technologies Complex next door to main campus

Please register here in advance of the event.

TurboTech Faculty Proof-of-Concept Program

The Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships is launching "TurboTech", a program designed to advance the commercialization prospects of Binghamton University inventions.  On a rolling, by-invitation basis, E&IP will solicit proposals for Binghamton University Technologies to decrease technical, regulatory, or business risk, enable, strengthen or broaden intellectual property protection, validate early results, or demonstrate an applied solution for a specific industry problem. 

Additional information can be found on our Funding Opportunities page.


Regional New York State Business Plan Competition

2015's Southern Tier Regional Business Plan Competition will be held at Ithaca College, on April 18, 2015 - deadline for applications is April 10.

Information regarding the application process, eligibility, etc. can be found here.


Innovation Day 2015: Innovation for the 21st and a Half Century

The theme for Binghamton University's 2015 Innovation Day is "Innovation for the 21st and a Half Century". 

What will the world look like in 25 years?  

How will the decisions we make today impact that mid-century time?

To where should our imaginations turn?

Please join us April 24, 2015, as we take a look into the future with a captivating day of speakers and panels.

For more information, and to register, visit our official event page.


Final New York State Business Plan Competition (website)

 Albany, NY April 24, 2015



Funding Opportunities for Tech Commercialization & Start-Up Companies

Broome County IDA Incentive Programs

  • Taxable Industrial Development Bonds
  • Tax Exempt Industrial Development Bonds
  • Sale Lease Back Transactions
  • Southern Tier East Economic Development (STEED)
  • Title IX Economic Adjustment Revolving Loan Fund Program

For more information regarding these programs, visit the Broome County IDA website.


Binghamton Local Development Corporation Incentive Programs

For more information regarding these programs, visit the City of Binghamton website.


Town of Union Loan Programs

  • Town of Union Business Assistance Loan Program
  • Central Business District Loan Program
  • Commercial Facade Loan Program
  • Section 108 Financing
  • Site Preparation Loan Program
  • E3 Loan Program
  • Microenterprise Loan

For more information regarding these programs, visit the Town of Union website.


NSF SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program

Phase I Solicitation


Small businesses are encouraged to consider applying to the NSF's SBIR program for non-dilutive funding of transformational technology with potential for great commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals in topical areas (see below) from  across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. Grants up to $150,000 for a 6-month development/feasibility project are available in Phase I (pre-req for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period).  Proposal deadline is December 2, 2014.  Please feel free to contact Scott Hancock on staff to discuss the program in general as well as possible resources (financial, intellectual property, and R&D expertise) available at Binghamton University to assist with applications.


See the SBIR/STTR topics homepage for additional information.  The categories are:


  • Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
  • Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
  • Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
  • Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
  • Biological Technologies (BT)
  • Smart Health (SH) and Biomedical (BM) Technologies


Relative to eligibility, please note that the RFP specifies that the primary employment of the Principal Investigator (PI) must be with the small business concern at the time of the award. A PI must spend a minimum of one calendar month on an SBIR Phase I project. Primary employment is defined as 51% employed by the small business for the duration of the award. NSF considers a full time work week to be normally 40 hours and considers employment elsewhere of greater than 19.6 hours to be in conflict with this requirement.

Prospective company applicants are encouraged to review the Eligibility Guide for more information.



START-UP NY will foster entrepreneurialism and job creation on a large scale by transforming public higher education through tax-free communities across the state, particularly upstate.

Additional details for the Start-up NY program at Binghamton University can be found here.

For information on the program at Binghamton University, please send an e-mail to startupny@binghamton.edu.


New Technology Disclosure

Effective August 1, 2013, the new technology disclosure process has been automated.  Disclosures can be submitted here.  If you have not previously submitted a disclosure through the new system, please follow these directions:

  1. Request new account here
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Submit the request
  4. Enter the required information
  5. Click on Create an Account

Your request for a new account will be approved within 24 hours.

For questions regarding the submission process, please contact Laura Holmes at 607-777-5871.


Student Sandbox

We are in the early stages of implementing a new program for Binghamton University students that will enable them to bring their ideas to life in an entrepreneurial educational experience. 

Stay tuned as this program developes.  If you are interested in participating in any way, please

e-mail innovation@binghamton.edu.


Technology Commercialization Clinic

We are working in conjuction with the Syracuse University Law School on a program to help commercialize technology.  Additional information about the program can be found here.


Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge

The Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge (GBSC) allows high school students in grades 9 through 12 to develop ideas and businesses that directly impact the community. Students form teams, write comprehensive business plans, and then present their ideas at the final competition. The winning team receives scholarship money to start its business or use for college.  We are proud to be a sponsor of this growing program.  Additional information can be found here.  If you would like to participate in the program please e-mail innovation@binghamton.edu.


















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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships
Phone: 607.777.5870
Fax: 607.777.5788


Innovative Technologies Complex, Suite 2100
Directions to ITC

Mail Stop:
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Courier Service:
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850

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