About BIANYS

Business Incubator Association of New York State

About Us

The Business Incubator Association of New York (BIA/NYS) is a nonprofit trade association established in late 2005 as a tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(6). It is governed by a nine-member board of directors elected by the general membership.

Activities

BIA/NYS maintains good programmatic relations with Empire State Development and NYSTAR.

  1. Member-only events
  2. Annual Meeting
  3. Incubator staff training
  4. Advocacy in Albany and DC on incubator issues
  5. Statewide events for members’ incubated companies

Membership

BIA/NYS currently has more than 50 dues-paying organizational members that operate more than 90 distinct incubator facilities and virtual business incubation programs statewide. This represents the great majority of the seriously active business incubators in the State and spans general purpose, technology microenterprise, and wet-lab bioscience facilities. Members include incubators associated with both public and private universities, regional nonprofit economic development organizations and for-profit incubators.

Future Plans

BIA/NYS is developing a multi-part legislative policy agenda, has established close working relations with the State’s seed-stage venture firms and angel investor community, and intends to find ways to highlight the importance of professionally managed business incubation as a way of de-risking private investment in the next wave of growth companies in New York State. We are particularly interested in promoting pre-seed and seed-stage investing and exploiting the natural advantages of NYS as a gateway to global trade and commerce.