JumpStart Program for NY State Small Businesses

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Through collaborations with Cornell experts, and with matching funds from NY State, the JumpStart program helps NYS small businesses solve identifiable problems related to materials.


The award program provides:

  • A semester-long project that utilizes Cornell University resources
  • Up to $5,000 in matching NYSTAR funding
  • An opportunity to build a relationship with university faculty and staff

JumpStart projects may involve up to $15,000 in project costs apportioned as 33% CCMR-NYSTAR funds, 33% company cash, and 33% company non-cash contributions (such as employee time, materials, travel expenses, and other expenses). Alternatively, the non-cash contributions can be less than 33%, with the proportion of the company cash contribution correspondingly increased.