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

Pitch Perfect - The Pathway to Funding - September 22, 2014

Attention Small Business Technology Companies!

Experienced grant writers know that reviewers are quick to decide whether they like or do not like the proposals they are reading. Therefore, much of the success of any given proposal rides on the strength of the first page-its capacity to “sell” the idea to skeptical reviewers. Learn from the experts: Tony van Dinther of Executive Fundamentals, Inc. on how to pitch your product and Kirk Macolini of Centurion Technology about SBIR and STTR programs.

11 am-5:30 pm at Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex Center of Excellence Building, Room 2011, 85 Murray Hill Rd, Vestal , NY 13850

11-11:30 am Registration
11:30-11:40 am Introduction –SBDC
11:40-11:50 am E&IP
11:50 am-1:00 pm Lunch/Pitch presentation—Tony van Dinther
1:00-1:30 pm Reworking of existing pitches
1:30-1:45 pm Break
1:45-3:00 pm Pitch sessions with feedback
3:00-4:00 pm SBIR Session -Kirk Macolini
4:00-5:30 pm Individual Sessions

This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited.

Register today by emailing: sbdc@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-4024.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


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. Select Create Account
  2. Fill out the required information
  3. Submit the request

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

A demo of the software can be found here.   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.


















Contact Us

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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