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START-UP NY is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ground-breaking initiative, approved by the New York State Legislature, to attract new high-tech businesses across the state by creating tax-free zones on select college campuses, including five CUNY campuses

Bronx Community College

Bronx Community College seeks to partner with businesses specializing in digital media, automotive technology, healthcare, and/or sustainable energy.

Bronx Community College, known for its mission of preparing diverse students for the workforce, has established a strong reputation for their Automotive Technology and Digital Media Associate programs, as well as their renowned Center for Sustainable Energy.

Located on a tree-lined campus in the University Heights neighborhood, Bronx Community College became the first community college campus designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The City College of New York

City College seeks to partner with any company that fosters scientific discovery and/or technology development.

Founded in 1847, City College has achieved distinction for its wide-ranging programs which include the only public schools of engineering, architecture and biomedical education in New York City.

The City College Science Division, includes nearly 50 research-active scientists, with three members of the National Academy of Science and six University Distinguished Professors, bringing in $20 million annually in grant funding.

Opening in 2014 on the City College campus, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center will bring the nation’s largest urban public university to a landmark moment in its decade-long, multibillion-dollar commitment to innovative science.

College of Staten Island

College of Staten Island seeks partnerships with companies specializing in big data analytics, internet-related businesses, and start-ups related to technology and research.

College of Staten Island, completed in 1994, is the largest site for a college in New York City and includes several high profile research institutes including the CUNY High Performance Computing Center and a newly established School of Business.

Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College seeks partnerships with businesses focused on culinary arts, performing arts, technology development, medical equipment research, sustainable technology and urban agriculture.

Named for the slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers College was founded to serve the educational needs of Central Brooklyn and includes a School of Business and School of Science, Health, and Technology.

York College

York College seeks partnerships with businesses specializing in pharmaceutical research, aviation, and/or water resource management.

York College, located in ethnically diverse community of southeast Queens, is the only CUNY campus with a regional office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its 55-acre campus. York College is home to the CUNY Aviation Institute.

About Start-Up

START-UP NY is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s innovative economic development program that seeks to attract new and growing businesses, and accelerate entrepreneurialism and job creation by establishing partnerships between business and academia. Read More

New York State’s world-class colleges and universities – including the City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) campus systems, as well as private institutions – serve as the framework of the START-UP NY program. Under the program, businesses have the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years by occupying previously vacant, underutilized land and space on or near college campuses.

The business-academia partnerships are beneficial for both companies and colleges: Businesses not only operate tax-free for 10 years, but also gain access to industry experts and advanced research laboratories; and colleges and universities build their own business communities, which provide their students and faculty with access to innovative, real world business experiences.


The City University of New York is the nation’s leading public urban university, educating more than 269,000 students at 25 campuses throughout New York City. Read More

By partnering with CUNY, your business gains these benefits:

  • Association with CUNY’s prestigious faculty of renowned experts in nearly every academic field
  • Access to top academic achieving CUNY students for internships or employment
  • Chance to be part of a thriving startup and high tech community
  • Proximity to and convenience of an extensive transportation system
  • Opportunity to secure public and private financial capital
  • And of course, being tax-free for ten years in the world’s greatest city!