Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
"The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place."

Guy Kawasaki
Venture Capitalist
CEO Garage Technology Ventures



For our PSW Alumni, particularly university spin-outs, we always recommend that your first stop to discuss next steps should be your on-campus Technology Transfer Office.  Also, your on-campus business school professors and librarians can be a great source for assistance.  You might have NYS Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) associated with your university.  They generally have Directors of Business Development who are knowledgable about start-ups. Please tap into these valuable resources. 

Beyond your local campus, we recommend the following ….

Investor Forums for Seed and Early Stage Companies

For PSW Alumni that plan to press forward with their business concepts, we highly recommend participating in venture forums where emerging companies have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas to VCs and Angels. 

Business Plan Competitions

Another excellent next step is to participate in business plan competitions.  Every community has at least one annual event.  They generally all occur in the April – May timeframe:

  • Panasci Business Plan Competition -- Buffalo
  • Rochester Regional Business Plan Competition - Rochester
  • Johnson School Idea Competition - Ithaca
  • $100,000 Emerging Business Competition, sponsored by the MDA in Syracuse
  • Tech Valley Business Plan Competition -Albany
  • Tech Valley Collegiate Business Plan Competition – sponsored by RPI
  • DARE Business Plan Competition -  Stony Brook, Long Island

Industry Cluster Organizations & Conferences

Getting involved in various clusters organizations and attending their annual conferences is a great way to network and stay up-to-date with your industry.

Angel Funding

There are several Angel Investor Networks across New York State, which invest in seed and early stage companies:

SBIR Assistance

Small Business Innovation Research Grants from the Federal government are an excellent way to help fund pre-seed, seed, and early stage companies.  Every community has experts who can assist you with the application process:

  • Jack McGowan, Insyte Consulting  - Buffalo
  • Rami Katz, HTR - Rochester
  • Susi Varvayanis, CLSE – Ithaca
  • Marcie Sonneborn, TDO – Syracuse
  • Peter Pritchard, CEG – Albany
  • Frank Madison, ITAC - NYC
  • Anil Dhundale, LIHTI - Long Island

Other Sources of Seed Capital

  • NYSERDA – for energy companies
  • Excell Partners
  • NYSeed
  • Western NY Business Development Fund (BDF)
  • MDA Grants for Growth
  • UB CAT in Bioinformatics
  • Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)


  • UB Technology Incubator - Buffalo
  • Lennox Tech Center – Rochester
  • The Tech Garden – Syracuse
  • Watervliet Innovation Center - Albany
  • Union College U-Start - Schenectady
  • East River Science Park – NYC
  • Brooklyn BioBAT - NYC
  • Long Island High Tech Incubator (LIHTI) – Stony Brook
  • General information, Business Incubator Association of New York State (BIANYS)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

  • For centers in your regions, click here.

Regional Technology Development Centers

  • Insyte Consulting – Buffalo
  • High Tech of Rochester (HTR) - Rochester
  • Technology Development Organization (TDO) - Syracuse
  • Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AM&T) – Binghamton
  • Center for Economic Growth (CEG) – Albany
  • Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC) – NYC
  • Long Island Technology Forum (LIFT)

Economic Development Organizations:

  • Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) - Buffalo
  • Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) - Rochester
  • Metropolitan Development Agency (MDA) – Syracuse
  • Center for Economic Growth (CEG) – Albany
  • Stony Brook Office of Economic Development – Long Island
  • Suffolk County Economic Development – Long Island

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