FAQ

Information for businesses interested in START-UP NY

Q. Has Cornell received approval of its START-UP NY Campus Plan?
A. Yes, Cornell’s START-UP NY Campus Plan for the Ithaca and Geneva campuses has been approved. This allows Cornell to begin accepting business applications from interested companies. A copy of the plan is available on this website. Cornell is working to develop a campus plan for its campuses in New York City, but until that campus plan is approved by the state we cannot accept business applications for companies interested in locating downstate.

Q. Which properties have been designated in the Campus Plan?
A. The complete list of designated buildings and land can be found in the Campus Plan. Some of the properties included on this list are located in the Cornell Business & Technology Park, Ithaca and in the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, in Geneva. Including private property outside of Cornell’s campus is a possibility, but would need to be within a mile of campus. Additional property would be added through amendments to the Campus Plan, which would be subject to public comment and review and approval by the State.

Q. Is Cornell participating in START-UP NY through the public (SUNY) process or the private process?
A. As a university with both private and public contract colleges, Cornell is in a unique position within the START-UP NY program. Cornell has chosen, with the approval of SUNY and Empire State Development Corp., to participate in the START-UP NY program through the public process for its upstate campuses. Cornell is participating through the public process in upstate NY and intends to participate through the private university process for the Cornell campuses in New York City.

Q. What types of businesses are eligible to participate in Start-Up NY?
A. Certain types of businesses are excluded from Start-Up NY, including retail and wholesale businesses; restaurants and hospitality; professional practices like law firms and medical practices; and energy production and distribution companies. For more information please visit the Start-Up NY website http://startup-ny.com/

Q. Does a startup company qualify for START-UP NY?
A. Yes, a startup company would qualify as there are no employee minimums in the START-UP NY program. That said, START-UP NY is a program that is primarily about job creation and aimed at existing companies in the area that are expanding or companies coming here from outside of New York State. There are many opportunities and programs that startup companies might benefit from more and we would be interested in speaking to you about those opportunities. For more information please reach out to Caitlin Schickel at startupny@cornell.edu.

Q. How can a company submit a START-UP NY business application to Cornell?
A. Before Cornell sponsors a business in START-UP NY we ask that interested companies provide us the following information and send it to Caitlin Schickel at startupny@cornell.edu. This allows us to better understand your company and see if it would be a good fit here at the university and in the START-UP NY program.
a. A brief description of the business
b. A description of the academic alignment you have with Cornell.
c. Job creation numbers for the next 5 years
d. The type of facility you would need for your business

Q. What is academic alignment?
A. The START-UP NY regulations provide a definition of academic alignment, and Cornell as a participating university will need to define and attest to academic alignment of companies it recommends to the program. Areas of potential academic alignment to Cornell’s academic mission include:
a. Research: companies commercializing research from Cornell or other academic institutions, or companies with commercial interests that can be furthered by partnerships with Cornell researchers.
b. Experiential learning: connections between employers and students from Cornell educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, where internships, externships, and co-ops provide experiential learning opportunities for Cornell students.
c. Use of shared facilities: companies that have use for one of Cornell’s many shared research facilities programs.
d. Regional economic development: companies that help ensure a diverse and thriving local and regional economy, providing employment opportunities for Cornell students and Cornell staff and faculty spouses and partners. Cornell plans to collaborate with academic and commercial institutions throughout the Southern Tier Region and State of New York as a whole, so as to fully realize the potential of the START-UP NY program. Collaborations with SUNY institutions, in particular Cornell’s Hot Spot partner Binghamton University, are paramount to economic development in the region.