What is TEC Innovates?
The TEC Innovates program is designed to strengthen Central New York companies in its historic “Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC)” sector by supporting local companies that foster innovation in built environments.
Supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur regional entrepreneurial activity, TEC Innovates is one of 27 projects selected nationwide to receive funding under the Economic Development Administration’s 2017 “i6 Challenge.” It is a three-year project led by SyracuseCoE in partnership with CenterState CEO.
Who is eligible to participate?
TEC Innovates targets companies in the five counties of Central New York—Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego—and the seven surrounding counties that are included in the CenterState region: Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Seneca, St. Lawrence and Tompkins.
Monthly factory tours engage suppliers and regional business partners throughout the region, allowing cluster firms to network and learn more about new industry developments.
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TEC Innovates engages cluster firms to offer support for the development of new innovations and products, allowing Partners to benefit from the diverse expertise of one another.
CenterState CEO has surveyed over 50 CNY firms, including TEC Innovates Partners, in an effort to better understand workforce needs, skill gaps, and career pathways throughout the region and to assist industries and regional clusters address the challenges identified.
Become a Cluster Firm
We invite you to join the TEC Innovates cluster of companies in Central New York that is leading the charge toward increased regional innovation and technology development, working together with area universities, economic developers, start-ups and many others to grow this historic economic cluster.
Testimonials from TEC Innovates Companies
“The quality of what we got was over the top, it was 100%. I can’t say enough about the collaborative relationship with everyone I’ve met through this.”
“The people that we worked with have been absolutely fantastic to work with helpful, accommodating, and genuinely interested in seeing us succeed.”
“Excellent source of diverse resources, very responsive; if they didn’t have what I needed they told me where to find it.”
“They have been absolutely critical to our success as a start-up. To have this type of development hub for assistance is just invaluable to developing new business in the region.”