About NextCorps

NextCorps at-a-glance

Our Story

There are only a few moments in the life of a product or company when rebranding is a legitimate option. Yet that is the moment now facing High Tech Rochester. Luminate is more than just another program, and moving the headquarters to Sibley Square is more than a re-location. We are reinventing the whole entity and how it will be experienced. Our brand is permanently changing.

More than that, this reinvention is happening while Rochester is confronting an uncertain future. The manufacturing companies that employed our parents and helped our community prosper are gone or greatly diminished. Our city and region are changing, and while there is certainly hope, the outcome for Rochester is far from guaranteed.

From the time Nathaniel Rochester paddled down the Genesee from Dansville to establish a portage business at High Falls to the game-changing enterprises of George Eastman, Joseph Wilson, Robert Wegman and Tom Golisano, growth here has come from within. From mill town to company town, the history of Rochester is a series of reinventions. Indeed all our successful companies were homegrown ventures.


To spark what comes next, we need to bring people together. We need program funders, professional advisors, venture capitalists, leaders of emerging businesses and, of course, those with new ideas and entrepreneurial dreams. We need to inspire and push one another. To succeed, we need to create esprit de corps among all those who believe in the possible.


The reinvention of HTR is a microcosm of our region. The question is whether we can succeed with a brand that is dated and inherently local.


At its core, our brand should be about shaping what’s next. It should be about people, not space or technology. It must be welcoming, but it also can’t be for the faint of heart. It will be about the visionaries who will reinvent our home and themselves by creating the next generation of Rochester companies to change the world.


Mission & Vision

NextCorps is a nonprofit whose mission is to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development. We do this by applying business expertise and network connections to aid in the formation and profitable growth of companies in the Rochester area and the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.

NextCorps provides a suite of services, including technology commercialization for very-early-stage opportunities, business incubation for high-growth-potential startups, and growth services for existing manufacturing companies seeking to improve their top- and bottom-line performance.


Since its founding in 1987, NextCorps (formerly known as High Tech Rochester) has been committed to assisting technology innovators with building their businesses and creating new products.

NextCorps was organized and created by three founding members: the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. In 2007, NextCorps completed a corporate restructure resulting in the University of Rochester as sole member. Simultaneously, NextCorps expanded its Board of Directors to include key regional stakeholders.

In the 1990s, NextCorps became an affiliate of the national manufacturer extension partnership program, which offers a variety of expert technical assistance and business solutions for established manufacturing firms seeking to improve their competitive positions via innovation and improved sales, efficiency and quality.

While much of NextCorps’s work takes place at its business incubator—the Lennox Tech Enterprise Center (TEC) and the sixth floor of Sibley Square—NextCorps’s resources and expertise are also available to startups, researchers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers with offices and facilities throughout the Rochester area and Finger Lakes Region.

New York State has designated NextCorps as the Regional Technology Development Center for the Finger Lakes Region and a National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partner (NISTMEP), one of nearly 350 MEP locations across the country.

NextCorps receives significant financial support from Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), which works to facilitate the integration of innovation and technology throughout New York’s economic development efforts. Additional funding comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership.