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About

What is Spark Exchange Incubator?

The Spark Exchange Incubator Program is a non-profit entity with the mission of giving start-up businesses in the creative economy the tools they need to succeed, and to accelerate the growth of the creative industry, which accounts for $850 million in wages in the Capital Region.

The Spark Exchange Incubator Program is designed to give support and guidance to six to 10 of the most promising seed level, start-up enterprises in the region each year, in part through membership at the Troy Innovation Garage, a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that gives creative entrepreneurs the space, support and educational programming to help launch their ideas to the next level. An independent Board of Directors will select companies to participate in the Incubator Program through a competitive pitch process.

How will the funds of the Kickstarter be spent?

The Kickstarter funds will be used to launch the Spark Exchange Incubator Program, and provide the resources to extend to services and benefits of the Program to the initial round(s) of seed level companies.

The campaign will allow us to propel start-up companies in the Capital Region's creative economy to the next level -- not just by providing them a one-year physical home in the Troy Innovation Garage, but by supplying them with the intangible resources that spell success for any start-up enterprise. These include mentorship from the region's top minds in business; educational programming targeted at removing barriers to small business' success; access to on-site service providers (examples include legal counsel, HR support, marketing and brand development and IT support); and free access to all of the Garage's amenities.

The Troy Innovation Garage is an entrepreneurial ecosystem specifically aimed at incubating, accelerating, fostering and growing creative economy companies in Upstate New York. The goal of The Garage is to generate a sustainable creative environment that advances progress in the region. The Garage is the antithesis of the typical office environment -- it is a community where creative minds and ideas collide and collaborate.

Who is our target member?

Seed-level companies with an idea that can be developed to create an opportunity.

What is the timeline for grand opening?

We are scheduled to open Fall 2016, and are presently accepting applications for membership.

The Spark Exchange Incubation Program is a key component of the Troy Innovation Garage that will help the most promising companies and ideas in the region's creative economy flourish, and shorten their start-up phase to months instead of years. Our goal is to provide these start-up companies with the resources they need to navigate their formative stages and find success.

Risks and challenges

Risk/Challenges: We have invested $1 million dollars in The Troy Innovation Garage project and are working now to have the public understand the vision of The Garage while it's under construction and need to build brand awareness of the Spark Exchange incubator program.

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    Troy Innovation Garage #sparkingcreativity sunglasses with a public Tweet from @troyinnovation and recognition on our Facebook page to thank you for your support.

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    Everything from the above reward, plus a pink hard hat and a Troy Innovation Garage t-shirt.

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    An acknowledgement on Twitter and Facebook, Troy Innovation Garage sunglasses and t-shirt, plus receive six days of access to the Garage for one month, with events and conference room access.

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    An acknowledgement on Twitter and Facebook, Troy Innovation Garage sunglasses and t-shirt, and receive a "Founder" Membership for one month, which includes 24/7 access to the Garage with events, conference room bookings and mailing.

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    An acknowledgement on Twitter and Facebook, Troy Innovation Garage sunglasses and t-shirt, plus you'll get to sign one of the historic I-beams on display inside the Garage.

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    Receive exclusive naming rights for either the Garage Café, one of three Huddle Rooms, the Meeting Room or the Classroom.

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    Receive exclusive conference room naming rights and Tom Nardacci, Creator of the Troy Innovation Garage, will match your generous contribution.

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Funding period

- (30 days)