About NextCorps

NextCorps at-a-glance

Mission & Vision

NextCorps is a nonprofit catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development. We apply 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 our founding in 1987, NextCorps (formerly 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’ work takes place at its business incubator on the sixth floor of Sibley Square, NextCorps’ 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.