Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Central New York region has a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem where technologies are researched and developed, business models are nurtured, and entrepreneurs and innovators thrive. This inclusive ecosystem brings together innovative local business builders, startups and pioneering enterprise level companies in a community that values career-long and life-long relationships.

For generations, entrepreneurs have taken advantage of Central New York’s inherent venture-friendly assets, such as accessible transportation, modern infrastructure, and educational resources and combined those assets with our exceptional quality of life to become sustainable contributors to the Central New York business community.

CenterState CEO's innovation and entrepreneurship portfolio includes facilities, programs, and resources from an extensive menu of support that can be matched to almost any stage of the business life cycle ensuring the best chance for success.


The Tech Garden, Cayuga Innovation Business Accelerator, CNY Biotech Accelerator, Syracuse Center of Excellence


GENIUS NY, Clean Tech Accelerator, NY HotSpot, Grants for Growth


Ideation coaches, pre-seed workshops, startup sand box, hackathons, startup competitions, vendor pool, seminars, investor connections   

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team

John Liddy
Interim Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Sarah Hood
Senior Director of Operations, The Tech Garden
Kara Jones
Director of GENIUS NY
Traci Geisler
Investment and Contract Manager
Kate Oja
Membership Manager, The Tech Garden
Beverly Mack
Operations Manager
Rebecca Title-Aretsky
Marketing and Events Coordinator, The Tech Garden
Emma Spector
GENIUS NY Program Coordinator
Dave Dalgety
Facilities Administrator