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NJ IGNITE


One of the pillars of Governor Murphy’s vision of a stronger fairer economy is recreating New Jersey as a home for innovation. Fostering emerging businesses and helping them overcome barriers to commercial success is critical to achieving that vision. 

NJ Ignite supports entrepreneurs by providing rent support grants. In addition, this program provides collaborative workspaces with a new tenant attraction tool.

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RENT ASSISTANCE

Rent can be covered for up to 2, 4 or 6 months

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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

An additional month of support will be added if the workspace is located in an Opportunity Zone, affiliated with a hospital system or New Jersey university, or is recently established. 


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TARGET APPLICANTS

Early stage technology and life science companies are eligible


Coworking spaces provide the perfect setting for startups to learn from one another and for entrepreneurs to collaborate with fellow innovators.


APPLICATION

A collaborative workspace must meet the eligibility requirements to be an approved workspace.  To apply to be an approved workspace, please submit the required documentation (see Collaborative Workspace Application – Required Documents) below to NJIgnite@njeda.com.
Before you start, use this checklist to see if you qualify as a collaborative workspace.

Collaborative Workspace Application – Required Documents:

*Please note that the approval process will take between 1-2 weeks with a completed application  

Once a workspace is approved, it can start to market the rent support program to prospective tenants.

When the workspace identifies a start-up it would like to offer support to (e.g. provide 1, 2 or 3 months of rent support), the workspace can apply for an NJEDA grant by completing an online grant application and supplying the supporting documentation. (See Grant Application and Required Documents below for a list of all documentation required in an application package.)

Online grant applications will include basic information about the tenant company and a signed lease (can be contingent on grant funding) to start within 30 business days +/- from grant application submission date).
Before you start, use this checklist to see if the startup qualifies.

Grant Application and Required Documents: 

A. Complete Online Grant Application
B. Signed self-certification certificate
C. NJ Business Registration
D. 2-page executive summary (see sample)
E. Articles of incorporation (evidencing that the company is not more than three years in existence)
F. Employee verification form 
G. Financial statements since incorporation (management prepared P&L and Balance Sheet)
H. Signed lease/membership agreement (draft prepared will be accepted- with executed copy to follow within 30 days)
I. Right of Entry Form 
J. Certificate of Insurance naming the NJEDA as additional insured on the collaborative workspace’s general liability insurance policy

Once approved, the collaborative workspace will then need to execute an agreement (see below document) with NJEDA to finalize the terms and conditions of the grant.

Sample Grant Agreement

A. Collaborative workspace provides rent-free spaces as per the agreement and grant application
B. Tenant company completed agreed upon tenancy and rent payments 
C. Collaborative workspace submits disbursement request to NJEDA (NJIgnite@njeda.com) with supporting documentation      

D. NJEDA reviews request and if requirements have been met disburses grant to the collaborative workspace. 
*Please note that the disbursement process will take between 1-2 weeks with a completed disbursement request 

1. NJEDA requests documentation from collaborative workspace for yearly review.
    A.  Collaborative workspace will need to submit a “Community Events Form” to ensure that the 8 community events occurred          
1.  Community events form 

    B.  Collaborative workspace will need to prove that tenant/member stayed for grant period
         2. Tenant/member duration form 
         3. Submit rent/free payments, swipes into space or satisfactory documentation 

2. NJEDA reviews documentation and reapproved participation or addresses issues (clawback funds/program removal)

*Please note that the yearly review process will take between 3-4 weeks with a completed annual review package 

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Grants that support rent of early stage technology and life science companies in New Jersey collaborative workspaces   
  • NJEDA’s grants will cover rent payments for 2, 4 or 6 months
  • A collaborative workspace must match NJEDA’s grant to the tenant company on a 1:2 basis (e.g. if NJEDA provided a grant for 2 months, the collaborative workspace would need to provide a grant for 1 month)  
  • The start-up tenant company must commit to continuing to work from the collaborative workspace (paying rent) for a period no less than NJEDA and the collaborative workspaces combined months of support   
  • NJEDA will provide an additional month of support if the workspace is located in an Opportunity Zone, affiliated with a hospital system or New Jersey university, or is recently established. (These months can be added together for a total of three additional months and do not count toward the workspace match requirement or the tenant commitment requirement.) 

ELIGIBILTY

  • Located in New Jersey
  • Have a Division of Taxation Tax Clearance Certificate (which may be requested through the State of New Jersey’s Premier Business Services portal online). Please see link below under “Application Process” for more information.
  • Have an NJ Business Registration Certificate. Please see link below under “Application Process” for more information.
  • Have a minimum of 5 unique paying tenants over the last 2 years * (Tenants must have an arms-length relationship with the collaborative workspaces owners and operators)
  • Have an operating cost (e.g., rent or mortgage or internal corporate charge-back)
  • Offer at least one type of work space – private office space, hot-desks or dedicated desks
  • Commit to hosting at least 8 innovation ecosystem building events in a year. Examples of ecosystem building events include: meet-ups, speaker series, office hours for lawyers/ accountants/ consultants/ investors)
  • Certify that the workspace charges rent to tenants and that the rent that would be charged to the startup and supported by NJEDA is market-rate.
  • Commit to matching NJEDA’s grant to the tenant company on a 1:2 basis
  • A facility can receive a bonus month from the NJEDA if it meets one of the below criteria
    • In an Opportunity Zone (Please click here to view eligible Opportunity Zones)
    • Affiliated with a NJ University or Hospital
      • A new facility less than 90 days old
  • To establish the age of the facility one of the following documents can be used NJ business Registration, NJ Tax Clearance, Certificate of Occupancy or lease with Landlord

* Workspaces formed less than 90 days prior to the approval request may qualify for the program on a case-by-case basis, if they have at least 3 signed prospective lease agreements.

Use this this checklist to see if you qualify.

  • Be registered to do business in New Jersey. Please see link below under “Application Process” for more information.
  • Provide a two-page executive summary of their business. Please see sample document under Application Process > Step 2 > Grant Application and Required Documents.
  • Are a technology or life sciences company (qualifying industries include: advanced computing, advanced materials, biotechnology, electronic device technology, information technology, food technology, life sciences, medical device technology, health care technology, logistics technology, mobile communications technology, agriculture technology, or renewable energy)
  • Are applying within three years of earliest date of formation
  • Have fewer than 10 employees (1099 or W2)
  • Have less than $1,000,000 in trailing 12-months gross sales from date of application submission
  • Have at least one full-time NJ employee that will be working in the facility (1099, W2, and common law employees are eligible)
  • Have not previously utilized another collaborative workspace in NJ (use of out-of-state collaborative workspaces does not disqualify the tenant)
  • Commit to working at the facility beyond the grant term for 1x the length of the total grant. (For example, if the grant covers 2 months of rent from NJEDA and 1 month of rent from the collaborative workspace, the company must commit to an additional 3-months beyond the term of the grant.)

Use this this checklist to see if you qualify.

FEES

There are no fees associated with the NJ Ignite program.

Approved Facilities marked with an asterisk (*) have multiple locations. One asterisk means one additional location

Approved NJ Collaborative Facilities

Below are the Identified Workspaces in New Jersey:

Atlantic County
National Aviation Research & Technology Park

Bergen County
Serendipity Labs
FUSE
Media Labs

Burlington County
Lakes Workspace
Rutgers Eco Complex Incubator Approved Workspace

Camden County
1776 at Cherry Hill Mall  Approved Workspace
CoWork Street Approved Workspace
Kings Hall
76ers Innovation Lab
Advanced Technology Laboratories

Cumberland County
Rutgers Food Innovation Center Approved Workspace

Essex County
C3Workplace
Equal Space (Market Street) Approved Workspace
In Mosaic
Industrious Approved Workspace
LaunchPad Approved Workspace
SquareOne
Su1te
Work and Play
VentureLink – 211 Warren Approved Workspace
VentureLink – 105 Lock Street Approved Workspace
ADP Innovation Lab
Agile Innovation Sprint
IDT Ventures
New Jersey Innovation Institute Agile Strategies Labs
Newark Venture Partners
TechNWK Incubator
3rd Space
SkyDesk

Gloucester County
Incutate Approved Workspace
South Jersey Technology Park Approved Workspace

Hudson County
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Coalition Space
Flex Spaces
Kearny Point Approved Workspace
Mission 50 Approved Workspace
Real Space
WorkSocial Approved Workspace
Business Development Incubator
Institute For Life Science Entrepreneurship
Stevens Venture Center
Jersey City Innovation Lab

Hunterdon County
JayPat
The Office Mill

Mercer County
Base Camp
Tigerlabs
TrentonCoWorks
BioLabs  Approved Workspace
eLabs
Innovation Leadership Programs
Princeton Growth Accelerator 
Straube Center​

Middlesex County
The CoWorking Space
The (Co) Working Space of North Brunswick Approved Workspace
New Jersey Bioscience Center – Incubator at North Brunswick Approved Workspace
New Jersey Bioscience Center – Step Out Labs at North Brunswick 
Princeton Corporate Plaza
Rutgers Food Innovation Center Approved Workspace
Office Evolution Approved Workspace


Monmouth County
CoLabs  Approved Workspace
CoWerks  (Lake Avenue) Approved Workspace
CoWerks  (Main Street) Approved Workspace
MetTel Customer Innovation Labs
Interfaith Neighbors Business Development Center


Morris County
The Coworking Suites at Century Campus
Accenture Innovation Center
Aha!
Avaya Labs
The Station 
SkyDesk (Morristown)
SkyDesk (Parsippany)
En Masse Coworking Approved Workspace

Somerset County
PrimeWork  Approved Workspace

Sussex County
C3Workplace

Union County
Celgene Incubator
L’Oréal Innovation Lab
Business Energy Approved Workspace
Co-Co Collaborative LLC​ Approved Workspace

Warren County
Small Business Growth Center

If you would like your facility included on this list, please email NJIgnite@njeda.com.