Who We Are

Where Creatives Collide

Our community was built to serve the blossoming creative economy in New York State’s Capital Region. Experienced entrepreneurs, startup companies and organizations, solopreneurs, and remote professionals from a variety of industries call Troy Innovation Garage home.

Our mix of meticulous real estate planning and design, paired with high quality programs and events, and a closely cultivated and supported community, has resulted in a new ecosystem that is as dynamic as it is diverse.

Troy Innovation Garage has become a platform for members to connect to business opportunities of all kind – from new clients to mentorship to venture funding. Members have access to weekly programs and events ranging from peer leadership to professional development to social functions. We attract a high quality of speakers and presenters, with many opportunities for business networking.

Troy Innovation Garage is linked into important Capital Region, New York State, and national networks. We are a key sponsor of the Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), and partners with Innovate518, Center for Economic Growth, NYS Economic Development Council and Upstate Venture Connect (UVC), organizations dedicated to growing opportunities for the creative class and improving our state’s startup culture.

A Space Built for Innovators, Changemakers and Disruptors.

Troy Innovation Garage is a place where collisions happen across industry and areas of specialty and across generations and experience. We serve the creative economy, a diverse and growing sector in New York’s Capital Region. We cater to innovators, changemakers, and disruptors.

Our Team

Nicole Manupella, Community Manager
Born and raised in the Collar City, Nicole has a passion for uplifting the community. After graduating from Providence College, she made her way to Boston and worked for a startup company. After 6 years of living in metro areas, she eventually made her way back to the city that raised her. With her background in marketing, art, hospitality, and startups, leading Troy Innovation Garage was the perfect fit. Nicole has been able to enhance the atmosphere at the Troy Innovation Garage by always being accessible and connecting fellow members to create a real sense of community.
Tom Nardacci, Founder/CEO
Tom Nardacci is an creative economy entrepreneur that has been acknowledged by many as a community catalyst in Upstate New York. When he bought and transformed a blighted building in downtown Troy, N.Y. to create Troy Innovation Garage he also launched a new ecosystem for startups and creatives and the steadily growing creative sector in the region. Tom has visited over 75 shared workspaces in the past few years and has brought the best ideas in coworking, incubation and acceleration back home. Tom has a passion for economic development and urban revitalization, and can usually be found working hand-in-hand with his construction crews on their latest project. For 15 years, Tom has also owned and run one of New York State’s leading public affairs firms. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Syracuse University.

Our Partners & Sponsors

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Health & Safety Message from Aurelius Coworks

Aurelius Coworks communities each have 12-point plans to meet and exceed CDC and State guidelines for cleanliness and safety to keep our members safe, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. We partner with a nationally respected cleaning supply company and use hospital grade cleaning solutions. Our community rules, like these cleaning protocols, are designed around the wellness of our members.