Mintz Incubators and Accelerators Guide

Public Resources for New York Entrepreneurs

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Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: BAT provides executive, back office, distribution space; showrooms; and other, more tailored spaces.  Located within BAT’s Building A is BioBAT which will ultimately provide 500,000 square feet of commercial biotech space.  BioBAT’s anchor tenant, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (“IAVI”), occupies a 40,000-square-foot space.

Industry Specific: BioBAT is currently accepting applications from biotech and technology firms at all stages of growth.

  • Life Sciences

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Contract research organizations

  • Bioinformatics

  • Medical devices

  • Non-profit research organizations

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BXL Business Incubator

Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: Located in the BankNote Building at 890 Garrison Avenue in Hunts Point, the nearly 11,000-square-foot Bronx Business Incubator provides approximately 120 workstations—split between offices, desks, and co-working space for freelancers—targeted to startup businesses and entrepreneurs across industries including new media, technology, biomedicine, healthcare, and professional services. Tenants are able to lease space on a month-to-month basis. The incubator is operated by Business Outreach Center Network (“BOC”).

Requirements: See specific membership programs for requirement details - Membership Opportunities.

Industry Specific: No.

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Entrepreneur Space

Application Deadline: Open application. Applicants must first take a tour of the facility and meet with the Coordinator.

Funding Opportunity: Entrepreneur Space provides new businesses with a commercial kitchen for rent, along with free or low cost business counseling. It aims to reach small and startup businesses that aren’t ready to take on the obligations and cost of a long-term lease.

Requirements: Potential kitchen/office clients need to make an appointment to tour the facility and meet with the Coordinator.  Kitchen tours are held Mondays at 6:00 P.M. and Wednesdays at 11:30 A.M. Office tours are by appointment only. After seeing the facility and reviewing your business plan, the Coordinator Kathrine Gregory determines the applicant’s readiness. Eligibility after submission is based upon the following basic requirements:

  • “Business Roadmap” - a series of questions aimed at building applicants’ business plans

  • Certificate of insurance including worker’s compensation for any employees

  • Proof of business registration and tax EIN number

Industry Specific:  Artisan food manufacturers and small businesses.

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FinTech Innovation Lab

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2019 program will open in October 2018.

Funding Opportunity: The FinTech Innovation Lab is a highly competitive, 12-week program that helps early-to growth-stage enterprise technology companies refine and test their value proposition with the support of the world’s leading financial service firms. New in 2018, they are launching an InsurTech track to bring emerging solutions to an expanded list of insurance partners and provide insurtech entrepreneurs with the guidance that will take their technologies from nice-to-have to mainstays within the industry.

The FinTech Innovation Lab is an annual program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and Accenture aimed at early and growth companies that have developed cutting edge technology products targeted at financial services customers.  Winners have the chance to refine and beta test their financial technology products in partnership with the Lab’s sponsoring and associate financial firms in New York City.  Winners also participate in a Leadership Program, where they have the opportunity to meet senior business leaders, leading FinTech entrepreneurs, and investors in the New York City community. They will also participate in panel discussions on relevant topics and in mentoring sessions with the Lab’s Entrepreneurs Network.

The application is open to any company, but the core management and technology team must relocate to New York City for at least the duration of the program.  The program targets early and growth stage companies for whom access to senior level executives at financial services firms could have a meaningful impact on the company’s growth prospects. At a minimum, the company should have a beta version of its technology.

Industry Specific: All types of non-hardware financial technology, with areas of particular interest including:

  • Big data / Analytics / Cognitive computing

  • Security & Identity management

  • Enterprise DevOps and Multi-Channel Deployment

  • Digital marketing and social media tools

  • Risk management / Compliance

  • Cloud enabling technologies

  • Point of sale / Wholesale payments and processing

  • Disruptive financial services models

  • Blockchain technology

  • IoT applications for Financial Services

  • Disruptive Talent Management & HR

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Harlem Biospace

Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: Harlem Biospace is a community of biotech innovators and scientifically-minded citizens that aims to turn revolutionary biotech ideas into products that solve real-world health problems. It offers wet-lab space and equipment. At the Harlem Biospace location in New York City, inventors are able to share an environment, equipment, and ideas, reducing the barrier for turning biotech ideas into products.

Requirements: A company is eligible if they meet all the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s work has an experimental component. Examples include: small-molecule drug discovery, biotech with recombinant products, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, research tools, genomics and proteomics. At the moment, health IT without a device component does not qualify.

  • Applicant’s work originated from a New York City based academic medical institution. Exceptions can be considered with proof of strong commitment to continue development in New York City.

  • Applicant’s company is in an early stage of development. Strong preference is given to companies before Series A funding. Applicant’s company should have at least one employee or founder.

Industry Specific: Life-science start-up companies.

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NY Fashion Tech Lab

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2020 program will likely open in October 2019.

Funding Opportunity: The New York Fashion Tech Lab is a community-driven, relationship building, collaboration & business development platform.  The program was co-founded by the Partnership Fund for New York City, Springboard Enterprises and major fashion retailers to support women-led companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology.

Requirements: The New York Fashion Tech Lab recruits women-led early and growth-stage companies where access to senior level executives at fashion retailers could have a meaningful impact on the company’s growth prospects.  At a minimum, the company should have a working beta version of its technology and at least one technical team member.  Companies selected for the Lab must be located in New York City for the 12-week program.

Industry Specific: Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D Printing

  • Business Intelligence

  • CRM

  • Data Standardization

  • Data Visualization

  • Discovery

  • Fit-Tech

  • Geo-location

  • iBeacon

  • Infrastructure

  • Logistics

  • Manufacturing

  • Mass Customization

  • Merchandising

  • Mobile/Tablet Commerce

  • Omni-channel

  • Personalization

  • Point of Sale

  • RFID

  • Security

  • SKU Intelligence

  • Social Commerce

  • Wearables

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NYC Media Lab

Application Deadline: See specific membership programs for application details - Membership Opportunities.

Funding Opportunity: NYC Media Lab connects digital media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development. Comprised of a consortium including New York City Economic Development Corporation, School of Visual Arts, New York University, Columbia University, The New School, CUNY, IESE, and Pratt Institute, NYC Media Lab's goals are to include generate research and development, knowledge transfer, and talent across all of the city’s campuses.

NYC Media Lab funds prototyping projects that foster collaboration across a range of disciplines core to the future of media and runs The Combine, an early stage accelerator for emerging media and technology startups.

Requirements: See specific membership programs for requirement details - Membership Opportunities.

Industry Specific: Media and technology.

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Varick Street Incubators

1.       Data Future Labs

Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: The NYU Tandon Future Labs are the first public-private partnership with New York City tasked with creating a sustainable incubation program focused on increasing the success rate of new ventures and generating positive economic impact.

Startups focused on AI, digital media, clean energy, or any other world-changing tech will find the guidance, expertise, resources, and community needed to succeed in today’s innovation economy.

Industry Specific: Yes. The incubator is open to all start-up businesses, but is particularly targeted toward the following industry sectors:

  • Digital Media

  • Cybersecurity

  • Financial Technology

  • Information Technology

  • Social Media

  • Educational Technology

  • Search Advertising Technology

  • Mobile Applications

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Augmented Reality (AR)

  • Cloud Computing

  • Data & Analytics

  • Digital Media

  • Machine Learnin

  • Video

  • Virtual Reality (VR)

2.       Digital Future Lab (DUMBO Incubator)

Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: The Digital Future Lab, located one block from Brooklyn Bridge Park, was launched in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Two Trees Management in 2012. DUMBO is home to New York City’s most prominent media technology and digital companies, and as a result, the Digital Future Lab has helped spur startup activity in the area. The space is currently home to hardware and digital media companies.

Industry Specific:

  • Virtual Reality (VR)

  • Augmented Reality (AR)

  • Video

  • Cloud Computing

  • Digital Media

3.       Urban Future Lab

Application Deadline: Open application.

Funding Opportunity: The Urban Future Lab (“UFL”) is New York City’s hub for smart cities, smart grid and clean energy. The space hosts several programs focused on educational, policy and market solutions to the issues of sustainability, including the Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (“ACRE”). ACRE is a business incubation program that supports early stage business ventures with innovative technologies and new business models for a greener, smarter and more connected world. In addition, UFL is home to PowerBridgeNY, a proof-of-concept center, and Clean Start, a cleantech training program.  


Requirements: ACRE’s ideal members are commercial-ready startups (post- ideation with MVP) that can demonstrate a positive impact on the environment (technology or innovation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste, water, food and agriculture, transportation/mobility, and carbon emissions reduction)

Industry Specific: ACRE seeks to support early stage companies in the cleantech industry. This includes, but is not limited to, companies with innovative technology or business models in energy efficiency, clean energy, and smart cities.

Preferred Industries:

  • Clean Technology

  • Industrial/Energy

  • Real Estate

  • Transportation