Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
“This workshop is essential and fits well with the integrated approach New York State is taking to supporting entrepreneurship in the state."

Peter Pritchard
Program Manager
Center for Economic Growth, Albany


Moving Real Ideas Towards Real Companies


Where are PSW alumni now? Find out in our

Alumni Stories

Our current feature:

eSolve Solutions -- which is catering to niche markets to grow their business.

Read the story here.

Pre-Seed Workshop is a community event where teams build companies — not the physical structures, but the foundational plans. And it all happens in two and a half days.

We bring together experts in the community (technical, legal, business, finance, etc.) to determine the viability of new start-up concepts, potentially being spun-out of Universities and Federal Labs.  Our focus is on commercializing hard-science technologies.  In fact, we are the only program in the nation that tackles hard-science commercialization in 2½ days … through the use of “crowd analysis”.

Highly-skilled professionals are pre-assigned to work with academic researchers that have patented inventions. The talent on each team is "balanced" to simulate a real start-up company. Six to eight teams are created per workshop.   During the workshop, the teams are led through a series of structured hands-on sessions where they investigate and transform potentially commercializable technologies into pre-seed stage companies. Teams leave the workshop with a thin commercialization plan for a new start-up. 

The PSW was started in 2004 in Rochester New York and is now being held about ten times a year in various Host City locations throughout the Northeast US and Europe. 

High-performance teams at work during a
Break-Out Session

Growing Pool Of Success

As of March 2015 we have held:

  • 72 Pre-Seed Workshops
  • with 3,041 Participants
  • in which 452 “hi-tech ideas”
    were analyzed
  • by 452 teams

We have created or strengthened 170+ high-tech for-profit ventures. Many have gone on to win local, national, and international business plan competitions. Many have received SBIR funding or secured seed and venture capital.  Based on survey results, we estimate that about $100M in follow on capital has been raised and over 600 jobs created.