SUNY Oswego Announces DocuPet Has Joined START-UP NY Program

SYRACUSE — SUNY Oswego announced Nov. 7 that DocuPet, a Canadian software development company, will develop custom pet licensing software for municipalities.

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The Tech Garden, a CenterState CEO facility, helps develop technology entrepreneurs and their businesses, such as DocuPet, a developer of custom pet licensing solutions for municipalities, newly announced as a START-UP NY partner of SUNY Oswego.

Partnering with SUNY Oswego through the START-UP NY program, DocuPet plans to invest more than $93,000 and create at least eight new jobs locally.

This investment complements the CNY Rising regional strategic plan to revitalize the local economy.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley stated, “Our campus eagerly welcomes this partnership with DocuPet particularly in the area of technology innovation. This is a core program area for our campus and potential pipeline for our students.”

DocuPet intends to take advantage of SUNY Oswego’s strong student pipeline for both internships as well as employment opportunities in areas such as computer science, business, marketing and communication. The company is also interested in sharing its technology and business innovation strategies with the classroom.

“DocuPet is thrilled to work closely with SUNY Oswego and the city of Syracuse in launching in the U.S. at The Syracuse Tech Garden,” said DocuPet CEO Grant Goodwin. “Partnering with CenterState CEO has connected us to mutually beneficial relationships with SUNY Oswego, the city of Syracuse, and others.”

DocuPet provides custom software and robust online services to municipalities and businesses. With a mission of providing pet licensing, rewards programs and lost pet services to as many pets as possible, helping to ensure that every pet in North America has a safe and happy home each night.

DocuPet provides the most advanced pet licensing program in North America, driving ordinance compliance while reducing municipal costs and providing new value to pet owners.

DocuPet launched its first municipal pet licensing program in Ontario, Canada, in late 2014.

Since that time, DocuPet has partnered with more than 20 municipalities and regions.

“CenterState CEO has engaged with our economic development counterparts in Kingston and eastern Ontario, Canada, to help create ‘soft-landing sites’ to enable companies to expand their markets on both sides of the border,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “We are excited that DocuPet is one of the first Canadian companies to utilize this partnership to open a U.S. location in Syracuse. CenterState CEO, in partnership with the city of Syracuse and SUNY Oswego and utilizing the unique startup ecosystem of The Tech Garden, has provided the company with connections to people, customers and resources they need to be successful. In turn, we have connected local firms that are looking to expand into Canadian markets with our counterparts in Ontario. We firmly believe this cross-border partnership will benefit both communities and are already seeing the positive results of this engagement.”

Launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2014, START-UP NY is an innovative tax incentive program that partners new, growing and relocating businesses with New York state’s large network of public and private colleges and universities.

Through the use of tax incentives that significantly reduce state and local taxes for participants, the program encourages businesses to create new jobs while establishing a meaningful, mutually beneficial partnership with its college or university sponsor.

These partnerships enable companies to access faculty, industry experts, equipment and advanced research facilities associated with the schools; and create new opportunities for students to receive first-hand experience and internships with START-UP NY businesses.

Dozens of colleges and universities across New York State are participating in START-UP NY, with more than 700 approved zones that represent over 7 million square feet of eligible space for new or expanding businesses to operate on or near campuses.

Each college and university’s approved START-UP NY plan is available at www.startup.ny.gov.

For more information about DocuPet, please visit https://www.docupet.com.