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.

Mock Shark Tank event a huge sucess!

We held a mock shark tank event on Friday, April 15.  Five teams pitched their ideas or businesses to five local entrepreneur "sharks".  Check out our winners and judges and stay tuned for similar events next semester!


Ariel Katz named Binghamton University's

Student Entrepreneur of the Year


Ariel founded ResearchConnection in 2014 around a platform that connects students to research opportunities. Under Ariel’s leadership, the company has made significant headway, having  signed its first customers and is closing on a second round of Seed investor funding from venture capitalists. Ariel has participated in the Binghamton University B-Innovative student incubator initiative and has promoted entrepreneurship on campus and in the community in many ways, including as a mentor to other student business leaders. ResearchConnection was the sole undergraduate student company selected to present at the SUNY Innovation Showcase, with Ariel delivering the pitch to investors at the SUNY Global Center in New York City this past February. Ariel is graduating and will be continuing to build on his business success toward realizing the company’s growth.



Current Events/Opportunities

Help to Better our Area with the State Farm Assist Program

Help our area be a better place for everyone.  State Fram Neighborheed Assist is a program that grants $25,000 to the top (40) causes that raise the most votes nationwide  The program runs from May 14 to June 3.  You can vote up to 10 times each day through facebook. 

There are two projects in our area:

  • Binghamton Betterment -  Betterment is an organization committed to help people facing those circumstances bridge financial gaps so they can get back on their feet, regain control of their lives and move forward. Through our event ZooneyFest, $210,000 has been donated to 20 recipients since 2005.
  • Kopernick Science Park - The Junior League of Binghamton would like to expand the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal, NY to create an outdoor learning facility, playground and STEM educational experience.


Funding Opportunities for Tech Commercialization & Start-Up


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.


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.



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.


















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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