Technology Incubator FAQs
What is an incubator?
An incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training or office space.
What is the Fredonia Technology Incubator?
Located in Dunkirk, NY, the incubator is an economic development project of the State University of New York at Fredonia designed to support job creation in Western New York. Housed in a 22,000 square foot LEED-certified building, the incubator provides a wide range of support services to business startups. FTI is home to the Chautauqua County’s Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and Planning and Economic Development Department serving as an economic development hub for Northern Chautauqua County
How do I become a client/tenant of the Incubator?
If you are interested in becoming a client of the Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) you can apply online or contact FTI staff at 716-680-6009 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After an initial contact, a formal application review process will begin.
Why should I become an incubator client?
Research demonstrates that business startups in an incubator program have a higher chance of success. At FTI, we offer a range of services including a business mentoring program, accounting, legal, business formation and discounted professional services. As a university sponsored incubator, we also provide unique access to university programs, students, and faculty.
What type of company should consider an incubator?
As a mixed-use incubator, we encourage all interested entrepreneurs to consider FTI. With a focus on arts and technology-based companies around the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) academic disciplines, FTI provides a unique set of services and a diverse mix of business clients.
Why is Dunkirk an attractive location for a business incubator?
FTI is located on the shore of Lake Erie in close proximity to the major industrial areas and markets of the Northeast United States as well as Canada. The Incubator is close to the State University of New York at Fredonia’s main campus. The city has modern infrastructure and amenities including a boardwalk, lakefront trail, parks, and beaches.
What facilities and services do clients share?
FTI Clients share a large smart conference room, meeting rooms, video conferencing room, limited office equipment and a full-service kitchen. Clients have shared access to workshops, networking events, and other presentations.
Who do you serve?
FTI serves all of Chautauqua County, but more specifically the Dunkirk/Fredonia area. We provide services for our in-house clients, such as mentoring and business services. For our community members, we host many free events throughout the year.
How many businesses are at FTI?
How many interns work at FTI?
As of the 2018 Spring semester, FTI hosts 5 interns.
How do I apply to be an intern?
Go to http://www.fredonia.edu/incubator and hit the "Forms" button, then "Internship Description & How to Apply", or email email@example.com with your resume and cover letter.
Who can use the facility?
Anyone can use the facility. Community members can rent out any of our conference rooms, big or small, for their events for a small fee. Call FTI at (716) 680-6009 to rent a room.
How do I apply to be in the Incubator?
If you are interested in becoming a tenant at FTI, you can visit www.fredonia.edu/incubator and click on the “Apply to be a Tenant” button.