Benefits to Start-ups

The Varick Street Incubator fosters partnerships between start-ups and the massive market opportunities in NYC. We assist new businesses in obtaining resources and in forming alliances that are vital in a global marketplace. In addition to being part of an incredibly dynamic community of entrepreneurial talent, benefits of being a tenant company include:

Access to Talent

Ethnically, educationally, and technologically, New York City is home to one of the most diverse populations on the planet, creating an ideal climate to foster innovation and bring ideas to life. New York City has the established workforce and new immigrant talent with the drive to succeed and the knowledge to execute. The incubator connects start-up companies to this diverse workforce. The incubator has generated more than 150 new jobs since its opening in 2009.

In addition, incubator tenants gain unique access to the 4,500 engineering, science, technology, and management students at the School of Engineering, and the 40,000 students at NYU. These students bring a vast array of skills and fresh ideas that entrepreneurial ventures thrive on.

Access to Markets

The incubator helps companies gain access to markets and customers through its close working relationships with several valuable NYC-based organizations including:

  • New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • New York City Investment Fund
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
  • Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation
  • Empire State Development Authority
  • Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc.

Access to Capital

Whether your business needs include venture capital, angel investment, experienced commercial lenders, or access to federal and state programs, the Varick Street Incubator has connections to many forms of growth equity and non-traditional sources of funding.

Access to Research

Companies can collaborate on R&D with the many the School of Engineering research centers and institutes including:

  • Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
  • Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications
  • Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules
  • Center for Construction Management and Technology
  • Herman F. Mark Polymer Research Institute
  • Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing
  • Institute for Technology and Enterprise
  • Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Transportation Research Institute
  • Urban Infrastructure Institute
  • Urban Security Initiative
  • Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology