• We believe in upstate NY Entrepreneurs.
  • We believe that entrepreneurs are key to remaking, reshaping, and regrowing the upstate economy.
  • We believe that collaboration breads success.
  • We believe in giving aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, connections, and knowledge they need to succeed.

The thINCubator exists to help build startups and grow businesses right here in Central New York.  We do that by using a combination of People, Programs and Place.

  • We provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to participate in our 10-week rapid ideation bootcamps where they learn how to form an entity, build a team, test their products and services, figure out how they’ll generate revenue and much more.
  • We help entrepreneurs make the connections they need to build a strong team, help them with their elevator pitches, investor pitches, and meet mentors who can help along the way.
  • We also provide access to our co-working facility and incubation space where they can hold meetings, meet clients, hold events and utilize our equipment which includes 3D printers, projectors, AV equipment, or just a space to work.

The thINCubator is located at 326 Broad Street in historical Baggs Square West in downtown Utica NY, so that it may serve the community as well as the many institutions of higher education in the Mohawk Valley. Initially funded and led by the Mohawk Valley Community College foundation, its purpose is to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in collaboration with other educational institutions, existing entrepreneurs, support organizations, government agencies and the community.

When asked: “What is the thINCubator?” we respond that it is three things:

  1. People – Students, entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, support folks
  2. Program – A proven pathway towards venture creation and innovation
  3. Place – Collaborative space for entrepreneurially minded teams to grow their ideas

People

While the emphasis of the thINCubator is students, we will be open to having non-student teams participate in an effort to collaborate and best utilize the talents of the community. For those ventures provided residency within the accelerator, a team of mentors will be provided for support. A community of mentors is being recruited and may be available to non-resident teams, pending availability. On-going coaching and support will be an integral part of the experience.

Program

The framework for developing a venture is broken into three units with a series of four sessions. Each program lasts approximately 2 hours and will include workshops, lectures, visiting entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and peer-to-peer feedback. These sessions are open, will begin at 4:00PM and will be held at the thINCubator. Some schools may allow students to receive credit for this program. Learn more and Apply >>

Place

The thINCubator has physical space for 8 to 10 ventures dependent on team size. An application process is being created for companies to begin occupancy by December 2013. Entry requirements will be decided by the organizations that have provided support for the space. As a tenant, teams will have 24/7 access, desk space, meeting space, computer and internet access, server access and will have on-going coaching in a collaborative environment.