By Jude Allume, SYRACUSE, NY (NCC News) — The Tech Garden has long been a powerful tool in the launch and development of technology-leveraging start-up companies. Located in Syracuse, the company was created to turn two empty MONY Plaza buildings into a business incubator for manufacturing and services businesses.
Since opening in 2004, the company has helped create start-ups and furthered the development of these companies and their entrepreneurs. The Tech Garden does this through a variety of services provided such as training events, networking opportunities, mentoring and business planning assistance among other resources provided.
The Tech Garden provides these services to their members, who pay $100 a month to gain access to the many benefits provided by the company. On occasion however, the Tech Garden will host events which allows companies who aren’t members or in the technology field to take advantage of their resources like their event today, Ideation.
The Tech Gardens instructional design manager, Caitlin Moriarty explains Ideation, and it’s attempt to open up the Tech Gardens benefits to a larger number of businesses.
“We have programs, resources and events that we apply to all of our entrepreneurs here and those are the ones who went through that process we just talked about, applied and were accepted and they’re Tech Garden members” says Moriarty. “But this Ideation workshop really is meant to cast a much broader net. So you don’t have to be a member of the Tech Garden to attend and it’s really inviting anybody as the name suggests, with an idea.”
The event is being thrown with the intent of helping Syracuse residents in all phases of business development.
“Our thought process is that there’s a lot of people in our community that have really great ideas. And the Tech Garden kind of serves as a hub of entrepreneurship so we invite them in and we take them through the first couple steps that we walk through with all of our entrepreneurs to really try and validate this idea, to give them some action steps to move forward and then to make them more aware of a lot of the resources we have in the greater Syracuse area.”
The Ideation event is one of more than 150 events the Tech Garden throws every year. Through these events and the many other services they provide, the Tech Garden is working towards maintaining it’s reputation as the hub for entrepreneurship, and growth for the central New York area.
Click here to listen to the full interview with Caitlin Moriarty.