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As one of the nation’s leading research institutions the University of Rochester has brought education, research, and commercialization together to become a major hub of innovation and economic growth. The University is proud of our reputation as a national leader in translating discoveries into new technologies and practical applications. Our longstanding history of partnering with industry position our region very well to help make Governor Cuomo’s STARTUP-NY program a success.

The University of Rochester (UR) STARTUP-NY Plan has designated 105,894 square feet of space at High Tech Rochester's (HTR) Lennox Tech Enterprise Center and at two buildings within Eastman Business Park (EBP).

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Lennox Tech Enterprise Center

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Eastman Business Park

With STARTUP-NY, the University can continue to be a source of innovation, fuel a talented, highly-educated workforce with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, facilitate academic-industry collaboration, and anchor our region’s diverse knowledge-based economy. The University and its partners will leverage its comprehensive combination of infrastructure, research, education, talent, expertise, and public-private partnerships to enable companies to grow and thrive.


Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking START-UP NY initiative will give approved companies tax exemptions for 10 years, when they locate on designated areas associated with colleges and universities and align with a school's core academic mission. START-UP NY will leverage New York's unique assets to foster entrepreneurialism and job creation on a large scale, creating tax-free communities across the state.

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Exploring Partnerships

The University of Rochester’s START-UP NY plan is focused on attracting eligible companies in the broad fields of science, engineering, social science, health science, business, and music. Additionally, we are focused on attracting eligible, established companies seeking to expand, including those aligned with Eastman Business Park’s technology clusters. UR will seek to establish partnerships with companies that align with UR’s academic and research missions, including (although not limited to) high-technology and life sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology, energy, manufacturing, information technology, chemical industry, nanotechnology, optics & imaging and the semiconductor industry.

photo of researcher holding a disc of clean material

The University's Integrated Nanosystems Center, or URnano, is a user facility dedicated to researching and fabricating materials on a microsopic level. Opened in 2011, it consists of a nearly 1,000-square-foot metrology (measurement) facility and a 2,000-square-foot, cleanroom fabrication facility.

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The Upstate Stem Cell cGmp facility, a partnership with four other medical centers, is upstate’s only university-based stem cell manufacturing user facility that meets the strict regulatory requirements necessary for clinical studies.

Industry sectors include (but are not limited to):

  • Advanced Materials
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Industry
  • Communications/Electronics
  • Energy (Technology, Storage)
  • Functional Films/Printing
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics, Photonics and Imaging
  • Semiconductor Industry

Key areas that will be explored with eligible businesses include:

Research: Companies commercializing University of Rochester research or with technology interests that align with University programs and can be further developed through collaborations. Research, educational and internship opportunities with aligned companies will be actively explored, particularly among the following University of Rochester schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Eastman School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • Simon Business School
  • Warner School of Education

Training, experiential learning or mentoring: Learning opportunities for students and trainees can be facilitated between companies and University of Rochester programs or centers.

Access to facilities/research infrastructure: Companies may have use for some of the shared research facilities and centers at the University of Rochester. Additionally, companies may have unique equipment that could be utilized by faculty or students.

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Determining Eligibility

Applications will be evaluated for factors including: economic and community benefit, business model, technology cluster and alignment with specific University domains of excellence and mission.

Our Process

Businesses interested in partnering with the University of Rochester should initially contact Adam Tulgan at Companies that decide to apply to the program will complete the State of New York’s START-UP NY Business Application included on the University of Rochester’s START-UP webpage. Completed applications should be submitted to Scott Steele at, and will then proceed through a two-stage process. The first stage will include a pre-review/initial review to confirm eligibility, followed by a more formal review in the second stage.

Initial Review

An initial review of the applications will examine overall eligibility.  The evaluation may include a meeting with the applicant and will ensure the applicant meets all the necessary requirements (e.g., business type, review potential competitors, etc.).  This initial review will be performed by representatives from the Office of Government and Community Relations, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. 

Applications deemed to initially meet START-UP NY eligibility criteria (in coordination with ESD as appropriate) will be forwarded on for full review. 

Full Review

Applications reaching the second stage of review will be evaluated more comprehensively for factors including: economic and community benefit, business model, technology cluster and alignment with specific University domains of excellence and mission.  The evaluations will be conducted by a Review Committee comprised of representatives the University of Rochester, High Tech Rochester, Excell Partners, Eastman Business Park, and the community leaders. 

University Sites

The University of Rochester STARTUP-NY plan designates 105,894 sq. ft. of space at two strategic, community assets:

High Tech Rochester’s Lennox Tech Enterprise Center

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150 Lucius Gordon Drive, Suite 100
West Henrietta, New York 14586
48,030 square feet

High Tech Rochester (HTR) is the Finger Lakes only state and federally designated business incubator, with nationally recognized entrepreneurial programs. HTR is a NYSTAR Regional Technology Development Center, a federal National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partner (MEP), an Innovation Hot Spot, and a NYSERDA proof-of-concept center (NEXUS-NY) for commercializing clean energy innovations. HTR’s Lennox Tech Enterprise Center (TEC) is a Class A facility.

HTR is currently home to 32 companies and 314 people.

Eastman Business Park (EBP) - Buildings 59 and 320

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1669 Lake Avenue (Building 59) and 1200 Ridgeway Avenue (Building 320)
Rochester, NY 14652
57,864 square feet

EBP is a unique, 1,200 acre industrial park (former Kodak Park) that has been the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s top priority for the last four years and is becoming one of the nation’s preeminent industrial development sites. Buildings 59 and 320 include a combination of wet lab, dry lab and office, from spaces as small as 500 square feet to over 10,000 square feet.

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Community Benefit

The University’s STARTUP-NY Plan will generate positive community and economic benefits through job creation, including opportunities for student internships and academic/research collaborations, and will help spur additional entrepreneurial opportunities by building up the local ecosystem and helping to attract investment capital and additional talent to the region. All industry clusters identified in the UR START-UP NY plan are aligned with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s sector and regional strategies. By partnering with EBP, UR’s Plan also brings the benefit of an existing manufacturing infrastructure to the program installation.

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Adam Tulgan
Director of Corporate Relations
University of Rochester
Office: (585) 275-1765

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