Eligibility

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Many different types of businesses are eligible to apply to START-UP NY. In order to participate, your company must:

  • Be a new company in New York State
  • Be a foreign or domestic company that is relocating to New York State
  • Be an existing New York State company that’s expanding — for example, a company creating a new line of business or opening a new advanced manufacturing facility — and not simply moving existing jobs from one location to another location
  • Be aligned with the academic mission of the college or university with which you hope to work
  • Be able to create new jobs in the first year
  • Be able to bring positive and economic benefits

In New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, businesses must be start-ups or high-tech companies.


Non-Eligible Businesses

Certain types of businesses are excluded from the program. These include:

  • Retail and wholesale businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Real estate brokers
  • Law firms
  • Medical or dental practices
  • Real estate management companies
  • Hospitality (lodging for travelers or vacationers)
  • Finance and financial services
  • Businesses providing personal services (including personal care, death care, pet care, or laundry and cleaning services)
  • Businesses providing business administrative or support services (unless the business is creating at least 100 new jobs and has received permission to participate)
  • Accounting firms
  • Businesses providing utilities, or energy production and distribution companies


If START-UP NY is not the right fit for you, consider one of the many other business incentive programs offered by the Empire State Development Corporation.

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