A new opportunity
to grow your business.

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What is START-UP NY?

START-UP NY offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State.

Partnering with these schools gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources and experts in key industries. 

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Zero taxes for 10 years
Pay zero taxes for 10 years

No business, corporate, sales, state or local taxes and no franchise fees. And no income tax for the company or its employees. Ten full years of savings.

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Access Top Talent
Access top-talent college and university resources

Setting up on campus gives you immediate access to state-of-the-art facilities and talent.

Expansive Infrastructure
Connect with an expansive infrastructure with national and global access

Major-market proximity, cost-efficient energy and an expansive infrastructure with national and global access are a few of the unique benefits New York has to offer.


Who is START-UP NY for?

To participate in START-UP NY, your company must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a new business in New York State, or an existing New York business relocating to or expanding within the state

  • Partner with a New York State college or university

  • Create new jobs and contribute to the economic development of the local community

Your company should belong to one of the many eligible industries below.

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What companies do not qualify to participate in START-UP NY?

The industries listed below are not typically eligible* to join START-UP NY, but may be eligible for one of the many other business incentive programs offered by New York State. Learn more about these other programs.

  • Retail and wholesale businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Law and accounting firms
  • Medical or dental practices
  • Real estate management companies/brokers
  • Hospitality
  • Retail banking
  • Utilities and energy production
*Data centers and back offices within any of the above industries could be accepted.


How do I get started?


Find the right school for you to
partner with based on geography and academic mission


Contact and work directly with
the school of your choice to apply.

Still have questions? Contact startupny@esd.ny.gov

Why New York?

Come see why New York is the State of Opportunity.


Classic Upstate NY Middle Class Town

Lower Taxes

The lowest tax rate for the middle class in 58 years. Plus, no other state offers such a broad tax-exclusion program like START-UP NY.

College Graduate Waving and Smiling in a Crowd

Diverse and Talented Workforce

New York State ranks #2 among states with adults who have four or more years of college. Also #2 among states for the highest number of scientists and engineers who live here.

Man in Research Lab with Beakers

Robust R&D Spending 

New York State continues to be exceptionally strong in academic R&D and innovation. NYS ranks #2 in the nation in academic R&D expenditures, and this research is split almost evenly between upstate and downstate colleges & universities.

NYS Bridge and Barge in Water

Accessible Supply Chain and Infrastructure

Abundant raw materials and major-market proximity, all accessible by superior highways, rail, airports and ports.

Windmill Farm

Cost Efficient Energy

Providing some of the nation’s lowest natural gas prices, New York also ranks highly in wind and clean technology patenting.

People Biking Over the Hudson River

Great Quality of Life

With quick access to bustling nightlife and culture as well as lush forests and mountain hiking, New York offers diverse and endless options.

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New York State has 10 regions offering tax-free zones to grow your business.

Use this map to explore New York State by region, industry, property type, college or university of interest, labor force and lifestyle information. Click on a Region title or an area on the map to view more information on that region. You can also click on the ‘FIND A LOCATION’ button to view
tax-free zones on our interactive map.