CEG leads many collaborative efforts with regional businesses, institutions, incubators, universities and investors towards developing a gap-free entrepreneurship pipeline to support our local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

CEG continues to grow this ecosystem by:



CEG has hosted nearly 300 startups in our VentureB program – coaching and prepping them for making an investment pitch. Is your business model scalable? Have you already launched a product/service with customers? Do you think you are ready to pitch investors?


Innovation Workshops

Before you dive too deep into writing your business plan, start building the foundation of your business concept. Attending innovation workshops provides you the opportunity to explore tools, network, and find people to help you build out your next big idea.


Keybank Business Boost & Build

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program is designed to stimulate economic growth by partnering with local organizations to provide high-impact technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in urban neighborhoods that have struggled to access these services in the past.


Innovate 518

Innovate 518 connects early-stage, innovative, high-tech companies to numerous assets and business development resources, supporting their journey to commercialization.

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High School Business Model Competition

Our annual New York State High School Business Model Competition attracts over 70 students. The event offers students an opportunity to showcase their business plan in an educationally-competitive environment.


Funding Partners