The Southern Tier Startup Alliance (STSA) leverages the contributions of incubators and existing entrepreneurial resources in the region, and creates support services where none currently exist. By bringing coherence to a growing regional ecosystem of entrepreneurs and support organizations, the STSA strives to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.


The STSA organizes workshops and programming throughout the region for entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provide 1:1 mentoring to entrepreneurs and startups in the region. Member startups at the STSA’s partner incubators may also qualify to receive tax benefits through the NYS Innovation Hot Spot program.

Incubation & NYS Incubation Benefits

Startups in New York State (or those willing to relocate to NYS) can be eligible for significant tax benefits through either the Innovation Hot Spot Program, or through START-UP NY. The Southern Tier region qualifies as a Hot Spot, and working in one of the STSA incubators will help your company access these benefits.


See what benefits might you qualify for.


Our mentors come from diverse backgrounds and industries, providing support to entrepreneurs and startups in all stages: from ideation, through prototyping, through launch. Mentors also help startups connect to sources of capital.


STSA mentors are often called Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. They provide 1:1 mentoring to entrepreneurs and startups in the region, but also lead workshops, and support the entrepreneurial community within and outside of our member incubators.


Learn more about each of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.

Workshops & Events

The Southern Tier Startup Alliance helps to connect and mobilize our regional startup community. STSA is proud to organize workshops and programming throughout the region, and we invite you to attend one of our upcoming events — many of which are free and open to the community.


Visit the STSA calendar


Get updated on all upcoming events with our monthly newsletter.