The Manufacturing Incubator at Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a certified NYS Incubator and affiliated Innovate 518 Hotspot partner supported by the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR).

 

A Manufacturing Incubator Offering Specialized 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. This program is a community based, independent and public program. The ideal clients are those who are developing a physical product and need assistance in trouble-shooting, design for manufacturing, scaling up, or other related design and manufacturing problems.

 

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 
  • Incubator clients may be eligible for Innovate 518 Hotspot tax incentives 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: Rolling, takes 2 to 4 weeks

  • Start by completing our Initial Questionnaire so we can learn more about your business. 
  • Our Incubator Director will schedule an interview (in-person or by phone) to discuss more details. 
  • We will schedule an assessment consultation/Q&A 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).  

 

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.

 

Acccess to Makerspace and Prototyping Center 

In addition to the incubation services listed above, Tech Valley Center of Gravity (COG) provides access to on-site manufacturing equipment, co-working, space rental, and training focused on practical skills and hands-on experience. Incubator Program clients are required to maintain a CoG membership for the duration of their incubation period. 

  • Innovation Studio Space for start-ups to establish a business location, with access to WiFi, printing, private meeting room, and 70-seat presentation room
  • 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.
  • 12,500 sf Makerspace with 3D Printing, Electronics, Model Shop, Metal Shop, Welding Shop, Wood Shop, Industrial Sewing Machines,and Laser Cutter

For more information on how to be a part of our program, contact Dan Falkenstrom, Facilities and Incubator Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518.244.3544.

 

 

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