Bioconnex is a partnership among private companies, higher education institutions, research organizations and the Center for Economic Growth. The network is dedicated to the development and growth of the biotechnology community, and to strengthening the competitiveness of the Capital Region and Tech Valley as the premier global location for biotechnology research, education and industry.

This vision is achieved through three action areas: increasing networking and collaboration within the biotechnology community; developing partnerships between research, education and business; and addressing common challenges facing biotechnology organizations in the Region. Bioconnex also provides networking and educational events, resources for emerging biotech enterprises and a web portal to industry-specific regional, state, national and global information.


TechConnex is a catalyst organization for growth, bringing together a variety of elements to promote and enhance business development in the Capital Region’s information technology sector. TechConnex is dedicated to building and supporting a broad-based information technology community by providing comprehensive connections to technology and professional resources in Tech Valley. In addition to providing a networking hub for information technology professionals, TechConnex encourages professionals from all technology sectors – as well as regional technology service providers – to attend its monthly meetings. TechConnex is not only focused on building a technology community, but also providing a comprehensive connection to information technology resources and support within the Capital Region and Tech Valley, as well.


The Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing of the Capital Region Inc. (CEN), an affiliate of the Center for Economic Growth, is a not-for-profit member organization comprised of more than 45 chief executive officers of small-and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the Capital Region. Since its inception in 1987, CEN has focused on providing a high quality forum for its members to discuss common issues, share knowledge and develop best practices by drawing on the collective knowledge of its membership. 


NY Loves Nanotech, an initiative of the Center for Economic Growth, is a consortium of like-minded organizations, including economic development groups, academic institutions and technology equipment and service suppliers, who have joined forces to promote New York and all the state has to offer to high-tech industries.

As a global marketing and industry attraction initiative for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries, NY Loves Nanotech works to attract investment, create jobs and stimulate the economic climate of Tech Valley as well as the entire state of New York. The marketing strategy has a multi-pronged approach involving tradeshow participation, business development events, one-on-one targeted sales calls, special regional events and marketing/PR campaigns all focused on promoting a region capable of supporting these and other convergent industries.

Why here? Strategic market proximity gives New York-based businesses a distinct edge over global competition. Leading semiconductor companies from around the globe are choosing to invest their futures here because New York is one of the largest and most robust consumer and business markets in the world. As home to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the Colleges of Nanoscale Science & Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, SEMATECH, Tokyo Electron, Applied Materials, Intel and other global industry leaders, New York has created an enabled region and environment where industry can thrive.

New York State is the premier location for innovative, high technology companies. As a global leader in high-technology research and development, we produce a world-class workforce, shovel-ready sites and competitive incentives to ensure a company’s success. With breathtaking scenic beauty, cultural heritage and exciting recreational opportunities, New York is a rich and diverse region for quality living.

The Tech Valley Global Business Network’s focus is to assist any Capital Region organization or individual interested in learning more about global business. Over the years, the Tech Valley Global Business Network has provided practical guidance on such topics as the ins and outs of importing/exporting, setting up foreign entities, identifying markets for various products and international tax planning.

Membership in the network is available to all investors of CEG. Members include manufacturers, service providers, educators and economic developers.

CEG also supports the following industry networks:

Accelerate518 (A518)

A voluntary collaboration between all of the local colleges and universities entrepreneurship programs in
the Capital Region. The goal of the collaboration is simple: to increase the interactions among entrepreneurs and innovators so we create more opportunities for them to grow in the Capital Region.


Innovate518 (i518)

A partnership between University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and CEG. Funded by Empire State Development as a New York State Innovation Hotspot for the Capital Region, Innovate518 orchestrates a robust and connected entrepreneurship ecosystem of support organizations to assist growing sustainable and scalable ventures.


Startup Tech Valley

A monthly meetup for first-time entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, employees of startups, service providers to startups, and anyone else who wants to be involved. Tech Valley Center of Gravity: a makerspace, community of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and professionals sharing equipment and expertise. The Center of Gravity offers a suite of “SPECTRVM” services for their innovative model of community-based business cultivation. Services include sales and marketing assistance, personnel management, mentorship, counsel, technology design/prototyping, relationship management, venture/angel/seed funding and money management. CEG is a SPECTRVM member, assisting entrepreneurs through our expertise and business relationships.


Funding Partners