Inclusive Growth

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The region’s innovation ecosystem brings together innovative local business builders, startups and pioneering enterprise level companies in a community that values inclusive entrepreneurial growth. Technologies are researched and developed, business models are nurtured, and entrepreneurs and innovators are empowered to thrive.

As part of that ecosystem, CenterState CEO helps entrepreneurs access programs, resources, funding, space, mentorship and events needed to start and grow successful businesses. Its dedicated business incubator, The Tech Garden, provides a suite of support for entrepreneurs and innovators at any stage of the business life cycle to help ensure the best chance for success. Our Inclusive Growth team also serves as a convener for the entrepreneurial community and strives for increased equity and inclusion within the innovation ecosystem. It does this through a suite of programs and resources to meet each entrepreneur where they are in their startup journey, regardless of industry.


Business Incubator: The Tech Garden

The Tech Garden is CenterState CEO's dedicated business incubator. Its mission is to stimulate high-tech entrepreneurship, foster the development of emerging growth companies, and support technology commercialization throughout the region. Startup technology businesses are offered entrepreneurial support with business plan assistance, mentoring and resources, marketing advice, targeted referrals, educational events and workshops, and networking opportunities. By providing affordable space, in addition to co-working space, for early-stage businesses, The Tech Garden helps the region foster growth and innovation.

Since 2005, The Tech Garden has served as the region’s entrepreneurial hub. It works collaboratively with several other ecosystem partners, including, CNY Biotech Accelerator, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Syracuse University and the Syracuse CoE, and InSourcing.

The Tech Garden is home to several programs designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, including:

Learn more about our incubators, accelerators and R&D resources and partners.



  • Ideation coaches
  • Mentor pool
  • Funding programs
  • Pitch coaches
  • Pre-seed workshops
  • Hackathons
  • Startup competitions
  • Vendor pool
  • Seminars
  • Investor connections  

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