The Southern Tier Startup Alliance (STSA) is a member organization of business incubators in the Southern Tier region of New York, promoting business development resources for entrepreneurs and startups in the region.
Our objective is to help increase the number of jobs in the region by supporting new, scalable businesses, thus diversifying the employment base and strengthening the economy.
New York’s Southern Tier is a leading area for high-tech manufacturing, university research and development, and food science/agricultural technology. STSA leverages the region’s best assets — including a partnership between top research institutions like Cornell University and Binghamton University, and Corning Enterprises — combined with mentorship and connections to capital, enabling our member startups to grow and scale rapidly.
The Southern Tier has more to offer entrepreneurs and innovators than resources, though. Our quality of life and cost of living can’t be beat. Young companies looking for room to grow, access to trained talent, and supportive spaces will find what they need in our region — with beautiful outdoor spaces just a step away.
The Southern Tier Startup Alliance has programs to support entrepreneurs at all stages of starting and scaling, but our main focus areas are:
Together with state and federal partners, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance is committed to supporting the growth of a vibrant clean energy ecosystem in our region.
Xerox, IBM, and Corning Incorporated are just a few of the companies that have grown out of our region. The Southern Tier Startup Alliance works to leverage this legacy of manufacturing and product entrepreneurship with new, innovative partnerships.
Seven million acres of New York State is farmland – much of it in or near the Southern Tier. Working with regional and institutions like Cornell University and the SUNY network, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance is helping to promote food science and agricultural technology entrepreneurship.