Our Collaboration helps startups thrive In the Capital Region

Starting a business is never easy, but access to the right tools can make a world of difference. Innovate 518 is a collaborative effort of incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurial service providers from New York's Capital Region including Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties. Together we are turning our region into a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. We share best practices, networking and mentoring, as well as educational and financial resources to better assist start-up companies.

We are designated as the Capital Region Innovation Hot Spot, a NYSTAR initiative enabling funding and a unique set of tax incentives for companies in their earliest stages. Our program is managed by the University at Albany.

Find out how New York's Capital Region innovation hotspot supports companies and works with START-UP NY to help them be successful. Watch this video!

With some great innovation and commercialization happening here, it's time to make our New York, your New York!

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