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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.



Start-up Suite Funding Available

Our office is always seeking additional ways to help start up companies move forward and become successful. We recently obtained some additional funding from the NYSTAR funded Technology Commercialization Clinic through our collaborator, Syracuse University, that will allow us to offer a limited number of free 6 month associate memberships to our Start-Up Suite pre-incubation program.

To apply, please send a paragraph to innovation@binghamton.edu explaining the current status of your start-up and how you feel this membership would help advance your company.

All applications must be received by Friday, January 9th, 2015.



Current Opportunities


Technology Accelerator Fund

SUNY's Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) makes highly competitive awards to demonstrate proof-of-concept or develop initial prototypes for promising SUNY discoveries based on their potential for high impact commercialization.  These awards are intended to close the gap between research and commercialization.

See below for proposal deadlines.

Note: Pre-proposal submissions are to be made to The Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships, and may be submitted to Scott Hancock, shancock@binghamton.edu

Announcement of Spring 2015 Class January 15, 2015
Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline February 13, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline March 16, 2015

Click here for additional information regarding TAF.


Angel Venture Fair

Now in its 17th year, Angel Venture Fair connects entrepreneurs to the largest gathering of anel, seed, and early stage investors in the Mid-Atlantic region.  AVS is open for free to university-level participants, and is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, especially students.

Application Period: December 1 through February 23rd

When: April 28, 2015 from 7:30am-4:00pm

Where: Union League in Philadelphia.

For additional Information, go to the event page, here.


Student Startup Madness

Online applications are now being accepted for thr 2014-15 Student Startup Madness, a fun and exciting nationwide tournament offering college student startups the opportunity to "live the entrepreneurial dream":compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, and grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in March 2015.

Official event page


Regional New York State Business Plan Competition

Ithaca College, NY April 18, 2015


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

Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies Complex, April 24, 2015

The 21st century, once a metaphor for a distant horizon, and the subject of futuristic movies, is well under way.  What once seemed mere fantasy on the screen is now part of our every day lives.

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 50 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.

Topics include: Sustainability, Education, Material and Visual World, Energy, Healthcare, and Citizenship

Save the date and register in advance for this event by clicking here.

Stay tuned, additional details to come!

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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