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— Our Philosophy —

Troy Innovation Garage is an entrepreneurial ecosystem for creative companies where ideas run free and people have the resources they need to fully tap their potential. We understand the importance of both focus and fun, and realize that a coworking environment is the best place for driven entrepreneurs to succeed.

This coworking environment is designed for the Capital Region’s creative entrepreneurs. This dynamic space gives our members access to the tools that will shape their success. Members will be able to utilize a number of workshops, as well as a dialed-in, custom-picked advisory board. These driven business owners will be surrounded by other like-minded individuals, allowing them to innovate alongside others who are working towards the same goals, ultimately strengthening every business within The Garage.

— Rich with History —

The history of Troy NY is rich with stories of innovation and creativity. Named for the ancient city of Homeric fame, Troy was one of the most prosperous cities in America throughout 19th century and into the 20th century. Its rise as an industrial leader was bolstered by the production of iron and steel and its central location at the headwaters of the Hudson River and the beginning of the Erie Canal. The history of Troy is filled with stories of ingenuity, from the precision surveying instruments developed by W. & L. E. Gurley to the shirt collars and cuffs manufactured by Cluett Peabody & Company, Inc. That industry earned the city the moniker “The Collar City,” and it produced one of America’s pioneering labor leaders, Kate Mullany. During the Civil War, Troy was the Silicon Valley of the day. The vast majority of the horseshoes for the cavalry of the Union Army were produced here, as were the iron armor plates for the U.S.S. Monitor. One of America’s wealthiest men, Stephen Van Rensselaer, also founded what would become Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the city in 1824, and Emma Willard’s influence led to the creation of Emma Willard School and Russell Sage College, both leaders in the education of women. Troy’s place in American cultural lore is boosted by the city’s renown as home to Uncle Sam and where “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” was first published. Herman Melville wrote his first two novels, Typee and Omoo, while residing in the city as well.

Downtown Troy is full of inspirational architecture and sweeping vistas of the Hudson River. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was fully renovated by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and is one of only four buildings with full Tiffany interiors still intact today.

Troy Innovation Garage is located in a building that was rebuilt in late 1862 after “Troy’s Great Fire.” A spark from a train ignited the wooden bridge that spanned the Hudson River, and heavy winds carried flames throughout downtown, quickly destroying[PTC2] 75 acres and 670 buildings. The devastating fire caused around $3 million in damages, which is the equivalent of $8 billion in damages today.

Amenities

  • 24/7 access for full-time members
  • Networking and exclusive events
  • Professional advisory board
  • Private meeting spaces, conference rooms
  • Fast and secure Wi-Fi
  • Printing
  • Event areas
  • Mailboxes
  • Flexible work stations and leasing options

Services

Co-Working Space

An open, shared working and community space for creative business professionals with a flexible variety of available plans and pricing. This type of environment is ideal for solopreneurs, freelancers or small businesses that need a place to carry out daily operations while increasing productivity.

The Suites at Troy Innovation Garage

Troy Innovation Garage offers private suites for small businesses and startups. Each suite includes 24/7 access, mailing, access to exclusive Garage events and programming, access to the entire coworking space and free conference room bookings. Each suite member is required to contribute to The Garage as part of their membership.

Our Members

Innovators, Creators and Collaborators

Space

The Hub:We offer several coworking seating arrangements on the 1st floor.

The Loft:A variety of private meeting areas and desk seating on the 2nd floor.

The Lounge:We provide a fully stocked kitchen with convenience items to all members.

Spark Exchange

Spark Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting creative economy start-up companies by providing an array of invaluable resources, including physical space, business advisory education, networking, and access to investors. Housed within the walls of Troy Innovation Garage, the three-year incubator program will present its members with modern working space and essential amenities on top of entry into a collaborative ecosystem consisting of like-minded entrepreneurs and established businesses.


The optimal applicant is one whose most valuable asset is his or her ideas and skill-set. We’re here to provide the business expertise and infrastructural support necessary for those ideas to become reality. We expect representatives from the following industry classes.


  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Design: Product, Graphic, and Fashion
  • Film, TV, Video, Radio, and Photography
  • Multimedia, Publishing, and Journalism
  • Software, Game Development, and IT Services
  • Social Entrepreneurs and Not-For-Profits committed to social change
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Please consider donating to our Spark Exchange, a nonprofit creative incubator program to help support local businesses by clicking the button below.

If experiencing difficulties with payment, please directly contact Michelle at 518-326-6407.