Supporting Technology and Life Sciences Companies

Looking for incubator space for your early-stage tech company? Capital for your emerging biotech company? Or, are you ready to take your R&D or manufacturing operations to the next level? New Jersey offers life sciences and tech company assistance at every stage of growth.

New Jersey is committed to nurturing and supporting its tech and life sciences companies. We drive innovation through incentives, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and a supportive ecosystem that can provide the resources and connections you need to flourish and grow here.

Angel Investor Tax Credit Program:
Stimulating Investment in Emerging Tech Companies

Individuals or entities that invest in qualifying emerging technology companies may be eligible to receive refundable tax credits of up to 10% of their qualified investment, up to a maximum allowed credit of $500,000 for each qualified investment.

In order to be eligible, the emerging technology company must: employ fewer than 225 full-time employees (75% of whom work in New Jersey); do business, employ or own capital or property; or, maintain a New Jersey office. It also must conduct one of the following activities in the State:

  • Incur qualified research expenses
  • Conduct pilot-scale manufacturing
  • Or, commercialize one or more of the following eligible technologies: Advanced Computing, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Electronic Devices, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Mobile Communications and Renewable Energy Technology.

View the chart below to see how New Jersey’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program compares to programs offered in New York, Connecticut and Maryland.

Or, visit the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s website for additional information.

Angel Investor/Technology Tax Credit Program Comparison



Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program

Ever wish you could turn your company’s net operating losses into working capital or research funds?

Good news: The NOL program enables qualified unprofitable New Jersey technology or biotechnology companies to sell their net operating losses and R&D tax credits for at least 80% of their value to unrelated unprofitable corporations, up to a maximum lifetime benefit of $15 million per business.

The NOL program is open to technology and biotechnology companies whose primary business involves the provision of a scientific process, product or services. The company must also own, have filed for, or have a license to use protected, proprietary intellectual property, such as a patent or registered copyright.

For more information about using NOL to fund your technology or biotech business, visit www.njeda.com/NOL.

NJ Founders and Funders

Interested in spending one-on-one time with smart angel and venture capital investors?

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) Technology and Life Sciences team gives select technology and biotechnology companies an opportunity to do just that through NJ Founders and Funders events.

Held twice a year, entrepreneurs are connected with investors based on their company’s profile and investment thesis. Then, venture investors meet with companies one-on-one to give honest, open feedback on everything from business models to strategy to your technology.

More than 150 entrepreneurs and start-ups have connected with investors at NJ Founders and Funders events. For more information about the next Founders & Funders event, or to be considered for an investor slot, visit https://application.njeda.com/tls/.

NJ CoVest Fund

In April (2017) the NJEDA announced the creation of the NJ CoVest Fund to provide growth capital to early-stage technology and life sciences companies. The NJ CoVest Fund fills a market need in New Jersey, ensuring the availability of capital at a company’s critical stage between product development and commercial operation expansion, where limited funds are currently available and a funding gap exists. The NJEDA expects to begin accepting applications in the third quarter of 2017. Learn more about the CoVest Fund here.

Incubators and Accelerators

Need a workspace to help your technology or biotech business take root and grow?

New Jersey is home to a robust network of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces to support the development of start-up and early-stage technology companies. Here are just a few:

A. The Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT): Located in North Brunswick in the heart of the State’s “Research Corridor”, CCIT is one of the most significant incubation facilities in the U.S. Strategically located between Princeton and Rutgers universities, CCIT offers labs that are “plug and play” ready and a variety of support services. Tenant companies have shared access to conference rooms, reception services, two kitchens, loading docks, an NMR, dishwashing and autoclave. Separate private offices are also available.

B. Enterprise Development Center (EDC) at NJ Institute of Technology (NJIT): EDC is home to more than 90 technology and life-science start-ups. Located on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, EDC companies have access to NJIT facilities, researchers, mentors, student interns and programming to help grow their business. Its Soft Landings International Incubator designation makes it an ideal launch pad for foreign biotechnology businesses. The facility offers cubicle space, private offices of varying sizes, and one and two hood wet lab configurations. Shared conference rooms and reception services are available.

C. Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship (ILSE):Launched in January 2015, ILSE is housed in the state-of-the-art STEM building at the New Jersey Center for Science Technology & Mathematics at Kean University in Union. ILSE gives early-stage life sciences companies access to laboratory suites and a broad array of analytical and research instrumentation.

D. Newark Venture Partners Accelerator: This state-of-the-art 25,000-square-foot accelerator workspace in Newark offers rent-free space, lightning-fast Wi-Fi and ultra-high bandwidth. Companies selected for residence also have access to early-stage funding, mentoring from Audible and Rutgers University Business School staff and a location that’s just an 18-minute train ride from Manhattan.

E. Picatinny Innovation Center (PIC):Created to accelerate successful commercialization of new products & technologies, PIC is located on the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, home of the US Army’s Armaments, Research, and Development Center. Members can access its office, lab and machine/manufacturing space, as well as more than 3,600 scientists, engineers and support staff.

F. Princeton University Innovation Center: Located off-campus in Plainsboro, the Innovation Center will open in Fall 2017 and provide a wide range of resources including wet labs for chemical, biological and pharmaceutical research, dry labs for electrical engineering and materials science research, and office space for computer science and financial technologies research, as well as for general use. This is the newest effort by Princeton University to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and to help promote the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, following being managed by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.

G. South Jersey Technology Park (SJTP) at Rowan University:  Located in Mantua Township, SJTP offers wet labs as well as an incubator and office space for technology businesses. A showpiece of SJTP is its Virtual Reality Center, where clients conducting high-level research in engineering, science, medicine – and more – have found a one-of-a-kind home. The VR Center comprises an R&D VR lab; a data wall for programing and design development; prototyping capabilities; and a custom-designed, 15,000+ cubic-foot VR collaborative environment, which features a 7-foot-high by 40-foot-wide curved wall of screens that provides an area well-suited for collaborative projects. SJTP is strategically located 30 minutes from Philadelphia, with land for additional development.

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