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Startup In Ithaca

Ithaca is a top startup spot

Nationally, the number of startups is rapidly growing. More professionals are choosing entrepreneurial paths and building businesses that solve problems they are passionate about. Ithaca is well positioned to take advantage of this shift in industry.

With a solid track record of growing startup companies, a wealth of highly-skilled and educated potential employees, and numerous rankings for its high quality of life, Ithaca is welcoming more startups and providing them with the tools they need to grow and thrive. 


Best startup spot for tech without the downsides
Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Ithaca the highest out of 300 other U.S. cities for its strong tech hub and high quality of life.


Most innovative city in the US
USA Today and 24/7 Wall Street listed Ithaca #13 on its national list of the “25 Most Innovative Cities.”


Highest in R&D expenditures in NY state
The Southern Tier, the area encompassing Ithaca, NY, saw $1,674 per capita in higher education Research and Development (R&D) expenditures in 2017, greater than any other region in New York State, including NYC.

The USA Today and 24/7 Wall Street article ranking the 25 Most Innovative Cities in the U.S. noted that highly ranked cities boasted, “the presence of research institutions, efforts by local government and chambers of commerce, access to venture capital, and the ability of leadership to read the tea leaves of the future.”

With a wealth of educated and skilled talent, vibrant startup scene, and a high volume of issued patents, Ithaca, New York is a small tech savvy community leading the nation.


Tom Schryver shares insights on the impact of startups on our regional and local economies

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Monthly Networking Nights:

In addition to Rev’s monthly networking nights, a number of organizations in Ithaca and Tompkins County host networking events.

The Tompkins Chamber hosts over 35 events every year featuring opportunities for networking, professional development, and industry insight.