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Tech Garden expands, makes dent in two-year waiting list for entrepreneurs

Ellen Abbott
Dave Bulger, founder of tuzag, in his Tech Garden II office.

The business incubator that has helped spawn several businesses in downtown Syracuse is growing. The Tech Garden has had a waiting list for over two years at it's original space on Warren Street, so it's expanding -- by 18,000 square feet.

Tech Garden II, on the ground floor of AXA Tower II, opens up more opportunities for startups who can take advantage of the support and facilities offered at the Tech Garden. Dave Bulger is starting up a company called tuzag, something he says he couldn't have done without that support.

"What you get from the Tech Garden is not just a nice break on rent, but access to people and resources that I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise," Bulger said.

There are already six new businesses working out of the Tech Garden II. The expansion answers the need for more space and innovative programs for entrepreneurs, like collaborative efforts between Centerstate CEO and Syracuse University.

"The fewer things I can spend money on, the better -- because I don't have a lot of money," Bulger said. "And so, the things the Tech Garden provides, and Centerstate and all the resources they've pulled together in this town, make this town worth starting a business in."