Operate your business in NYS tax-free for 10 years

New York State established START-UP NY—which stands for SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY—as a way to transform communities across the state. This initiative gives companies the opportunity to operate state tax-free on, or near, a UB campus. If you qualify, your eligible employees will also pay no state personal income taxes. At UB, we can help you navigate the START-UP NY program.


In addition to tax benefits, the START-UP NY program under UB sponsorship allows companies to align their businesses with university resources and facilities, access to UB students, faculty and alumni, connect with a vast support network and more. 

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You may be eligible for START-UP NY if your business is:

  • A new business in New York State; or
  • An existing business in New York State that is expanding within the state; or
  • An existing business out of state that is moving or expanding to New York State

In addition, your business must:

  • Create new jobs in the first year
  • Bring positive economic benefits to the community
  • Align with the academic mission of University at Buffalo

Ineligible Businesses

  • Retail and Wholesale Businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Law and Accounting Firms
  • Medical or Dental Practices
  • Real Estate Management Companies/Brokers
  • Hospitality
  • Retail Banking
  • Utilities and Energy Production
  • Finance and Financial Services
  • Businesses Providing Personal Services
  • Businesses Providing Business Administration Support and Services

Are you a current START-UP NY company? Contact us with any questions or updates.

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Additional resources for startup growth

Tap into our full suite of entrepreneurial support services to launch or grow your business—funding, coaching, investor connections and more.


Get up to $100,000 in pre-seed startup capital and help from experienced entrepreneurs through the UB Cultivator.

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Join a collaborative of new business in the Western New York Incubator Network, which expands entrepreneurial services and helps startups grow.