Study Finds $251 Million Economic Impact from NYC Incubators

Economic output expected to nearly triple by 2015, with 900 new jobs growing to 2,500

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)’s public-private incubator initiative in NYC.

An economic impact study was conducted by Dr. Jill Kickul, director of the NYU Stern School of Business Program in Social Entrepreneurship to study what impact these incubators, or “innovation centers” have had on the city.

The impact study reports that three NYU-Poly-operated incubators had generated $251 million in economic activity since 2009, created more than 900 jobs and contributed $31.4 million in local, state and federal tax revenue. By 2015, these innovation centers are projected to nearly triple their economic output to $719 million, 2,500 jobs and $92 million in tax revenue.

The study also found:

  • 35 companies have graduated to larger spaces in New York
  • 5 have been acquired by larger entities for more than $50 million
  • Salaries paid by graduating companies average $72,000
  • 84% of respondents rated the NYU-Poly incubator experience as important or very important for their success, citing unique access to talent, networking opportunity, and the price and quality of the spaces.

“Since 1854, Poly has served to incubate knowledge in Brooklyn, but we established formal incubators only a few years ago. Within these few short years, NYU-Poly’s incubators have transformed innovation and technology into real economic development throughout the city,” said Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan, president of NYU-Poly. “This unique partnership between a strong engineering and technology institution of higher learning, government and the private sector has proven to be a powerful cultural and educational driver, as well. We look forward to strengthening these ties further.”

“This study demonstrates the unique contribution and economic impact that NYU-Poly incubators have had in providing the resources and environment to support the next generation of successful entrepreneurs with high-quality mentorships and access to funders and strategic partnerships,” said study author Kickul.

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