IncubatorSupport

A certified NYS Incubator and affiliated Innovate 518 Hotspot partner supported by the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR)

 

Tailored Engineering Consultation and Expertise 

The Manufacturing Incubator offers direct engineering consultation as well as coaching, advice, risk-mitigation strategies and need-based referrals for product development startups big and small. Ideal clients are developing a physical product and need assistance in prototype development, design for manufacturing, scaling up, or other related design and manufacturing problems.This is a community based, independent and public program. 

With our makerspace and prototyping center, you can meet with your incubation team, fabricate your prototype, and manufacture your product all in the same building. 

FILL OUT OUR

APPLICATION QUESIONNAIRE

TO SCHEDULE AN INTRODUCTORY MEETING

Questions? Contact Dan Falkenstrom, Facilities and Incubator Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IncubatorSupport

A certified NYS Incubator and affiliated Innovate 518 Hotspot partner supported by the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR)

 

Tailored Engineering Consultation and Expertise 

The Manufacturing Incubator offers direct engineering consultation as well as coaching, advice, risk-mitigation strategies and need-based referrals for product development startups big and small. Ideal clients are developing a physical product and need assistance in prototype development, design for manufacturing, scaling up, or other related design and manufacturing problems.This is a community based, independent and public program. 

With our makerspace and prototyping center, you can meet with your incubation team, fabricate your prototype, and manufacture your product all in the same building. 

FILL OUT OUR

APPLICATION QUESIONNAIRE

TO SCHEDULE AN INTRODUCTORY MEETING

Questions? Contact Dan Falkenstrom, Facilities and Incubator Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WHAT YOU GET

  • Assessment of your manufacturing readiness level 
  • Recommend prioritized actions based on your project goals and timeline, and a defined scope of work for the incubation period
  • Direct engineering consultation hours with an Engineer-in-Residence (EIR), chosen based on your most immediate technical needs (mechanics, electronics, software, hardware, etc)
  • Monthly advisory team meetings with relevant industry professionals to provide feedback and advice on progress
  • Connections with regional and statewide resources for:
    • funding (grants, investors, and loans)
    • manufacturing referrals
    • business assistance
  • 100% ownership of your product - we don't ask for any equity in your business
  • Access to a SOLIDWORKS licence for the duration of the program
  • Innovate 518 Hotspot tax incentives for eligable companies upon successful completion of the program

WHAT'S REQUIRED

  • Minimum of $750 program fee (additional engineer consultations hours can be added)
  • A rough prototype or detailed prototype plan
  • Center of Gravity Membership for the duration of the program (any level other than Associate)
  • Dedicated entrepreneur/founder that will devote the time and effort in the program.  May be technical or non-technical.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Start by completing our Application Questionnaire so we can learn more about your business. We may contact you to clarify any details. 
  • We will schedule an Introductory Meeting with our Manufacturing Incubator intake team to verify our program is a good fit for your needs. 
  • We will provide a notice of acceptance or rejection (with reasons why). Total process takes about 3 to 4 weeks. 

DURATION

Up to 1 year, depending on your readiness level and amount of engineering consultation time you require to complete your agreed upon program goals. Clients who are troubleshooting or developing cross-system products can go through the program multiple times.

ACCESS TO MAKERSPACE AND PROTOTYPING CENTER 

Incubator Program clients are required to maintain a CoG membership for the duration of their incubation period. 

  • Priviledge of using our address as your business address
  • WiFi, printing, private meeting room, and 70-seat presentation room
  • Innovation Studio Space and storage available for month-to-month rental
  • 12,500 sf Makerspace with 3D Printing, Electronics, Model Shop, Metal Shop, Welding Shop, Wood Shop, Industrial Sewing Machines,and Laser Cutter
  • Prototyping Center with 10'×5’ CNC Gantry Router, Stratasys F270 3D printer, 2'×4’ vacuum former, 130W 3'×4’ laser cutter, SOLIDWORKS licences, storage and production space.

NOTABLE GRADUATES

 UAT LOGO 2   United Aircraft Technologies - Ergonomic lightweight aircraft wire clamps

vorpal logo    Vorpal Board - Online board game platform 

 

fabbro logo 3     Fabbro Industries - Frame-integrated motorcycle suspension system 

recharge e logo    re:Charge-e - Wireless charging solutions for electric bike and scooter share companies.