What is The TEC Innovates Program?

The TEC Innovates program is designed to help companies in Central New York (CNY) develop new and improved products for “Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC).” TEC products include systems that monitor and control energy and environmental quality in built environments—homes, schools, offices, factories, and neighborhoods—and in related applications, such as food production, transport and preservation.

Supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur regional entrepreneurial activity relating to innovations in energy and environmental systems, this project was one of 27 selected nationwide to receive funding under the federal Economic Development Administration’s 2017 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. The TEC Innovates program is a three-year project led by SyracuseCoE in partnership with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO).

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

Innovators and startups, as well as existing companies, from the following counties are eligible: Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, St. Lawrence and Tompkins.


Companies within this growing CNY industry cluster benefit when they collaborate to strengthen the regional economy, leveraging their capabilities to increase productivity, accelerate innovation and create new businesses. The TEC Innovates program supports this industry cluster through:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Cluster Networking

The “TEC Tuesday Series” feature company tours and networking in the TEC industry cluster. Previous tours include Inficon, Oneida Air, Ephesus Sports Lighting and Unimar. Previous TEC Tuesday Tours 

Nominate a Factory Tour

Nominate a Factory Tour



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Product Development

Cluster firms and market representatives receive product assistance with a variety of technical and funding supports for the development of new innovations and products, including: Product Innovations AwardsAnalysis & Design CenterTechnology Roadmaps, and Commercial Research.

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New Venture Development

The Clean Tech Center offers support for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies through incubation, acceleration and retention. Company’s needs are evaluated and customized assistance is provided with funding, technical support, and commercialization. The Clean Tech Center works to connect clean tech companies with national and state resource providers for acceleration support of staged growth. More[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Testimonials from AM-TEC Program participants

The quality of work was over the top, it was 100%. I can’t say enough about the collaborative relationship with everyone I’ve met.

The people 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 invaluable for starting a new business in this region.

Contact Tamara Rosanio at tlrosani@syr.edu for more information.