Strategic Industry Support


Strategic Sector Support

Launched in support of the Governor Murphy’s 2018 Economic Development Plan: The State of Innovation: Building on Stronger and Fairer Economy in New Jersey, NJEDA’s Strategic Sector efforts aim to accelerate the growth of the New Jersey’s economy by developing and implementing programs that enhance the State’s long-term economic competitiveness in eight strategic sectors.

NJEDA  works in partnership with industry leaders, academic institutions, and government agencies to provide a coordinated approach to sector-based growth. We leverage New Jersey’s existing assets and implement programs to increase economic opportunities and create jobs.

We focus on expanding our State’s competitive strengths driving long-term growth and reclaiming New Jersey’s position as a center of invention and innovation.

Strategic Sectors

NJEDA innovation economy Programs

Angel Investor Tax Credit Program
Clean Tech Seed Grant Program
Edison Innovation Fund
New Jersey Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge
NJ Accelerate
NJ CoVest Fund
NJ Founders & Funders
NJ Ignite
Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program
SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program (CSIT)
Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program
Venture Fund Investments

New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology

In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed legislation re-establishing the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology. The Commission is tasked with leading the way in promoting the state as a home for academic and technological research, development, and commercialization. The Commission is comprised of 17 members including the State’s Chief Innovation Officer, the Secretary of Higher Education; the Commissioner of Education; and the CEO of the NJEDA.

Golden Seeds

Governor Phil Murphy’s comprehensive plan for building a stronger and fairer economy in New Jersey includes a goal of creating the most diverse innovation ecosystem in the nation and doubling venture capital in the state. Furthermore, the Governor’s plan calls for closing the racial and gender wage and employment gaps. One means of closing wage and employment gaps is to close the funding gap for female-led startups. 

In support of this goal, the NJEDA has worked with First Lady Tammy Murphy to organize a New Jersey chapter of Golden Seeds to focus on New Jersey women-led businesses.

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Industry Engagment- Request for Information

Below please find a list of RFIs currently being offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority – Office of Economic Transformation.  Please see the listing below for the RFI that is of interest to you:

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with its state agency partners at the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), Department of Children and Families (“DCF”), and the Office of the Governor, is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and ideas to build the business capacity and sustainability of child care providers in New Jersey.

NJEDA is seeking responses from qualified entities (“Respondents”) including, but not limited to: child care providers (e.g., licensed child care centers; license-exempt providers; registered family child care providers; home-based providers; and family, friend, neighbor providers); child care technical assistance providers; child care advocacy organizations; business and entrepreneurship support organizations; Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies; Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) providing loans and/or financial support to child care providers; policy and academic researchers; and foundations and philanthropic initiatives that support child care.

This RFI is issued by the Authority to seek information on obstacles and potential disparities in business capacity and sustainability that have been encountered by child care providers of all types. NJEDA also seeks ideas on solutions to such obstacles and disparities, including, but not limited to: training and technical assistance programs for child care providers on business operations; expanded partnerships among providers; and funding sources to support child care operations. The Authority is interested in hearing perspectives from organizations that could potentially deliver technical assistance to child care providers within New Jersey. Finally, the Authority also seeks to gather information on new issues that have emerged due to COVID-19, as well as longstanding challenges that have constrained the sector’s growth and sustainability.

ADDENDUM #1 – Questions & Answers (12/24/20)
ADDENDUM # 2 – Questions & Answers (1/15/21)
ADDENDUM #3 (1/29/21)
2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-116 – Building the Resilience of New Jersey’s Child Care Sector

La Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (“NJEDA” o “Authority”), una Autoridad independiente del Estado de New Jersey, en conjunto con sus socios de agencias estatales en el Departamento de Servicios Humanos (“DHS”), el Departamento de Niños y Familias (“DCF”) y la Oficina del Gobernador, emite esta Solicitud de información (Request for Information, RFI) en busca de información e ideas para construir capacidad y sostenibilidad empresarial de proveedores de cuidado infantil de New Jersey.

La NJEDA busca respuestas de entidades calificadas (“Partes instadas”) que incluyen, entre otras: proveedores de cuidado infantil (p. ej., centros de cuidado infantil con licencia, proveedores exentos de licencia, proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar registrados, proveedores a domicilio, y proveedores familiares, amigos y vecinos), proveedores de asistencia técnica de cuidado infantil, organizaciones de defensa del cuidado infantil, organizaciones que apoyan a las empresas e iniciativas empresariales, agencias de Recursos y derivación de cuidado infantil (Child Care Resource Referral, CCR&R), instituciones financieras para el desarrollo de la comunidad (Community Development Financial Institutions, CDFI) que proporcionan préstamos o apoyo financiero a proveedores de cuidado infantil, investigadores de políticas y académicos y fundaciones e iniciativas filantrópicas que apoyan el cuidado infantil.

La Autoridad emite esta RFI para buscar información referente a los obstáculos y posibles desigualdades en capacidad y sostenibilidad empresarial que los proveedores de cuidado infantil de todos los tipos han enfrentado. La NJEDA también busca ideas para soluciones a estos obstáculos y desigualdades, que incluyen, entre otros: programas de capacitación y asistencia técnica para proveedores de cuidado infantil sobre operaciones empresariales, ampliación de las alianzas entre proveedores y fuentes de financiamiento para apoyar las operaciones de cuidado infantil. La Autoridad también está interesada en escuchar perspectivas de organizaciones que posiblemente podrían ofrecer asistencia técnica a proveedores de cuidado infantil dentro de New Jersey. Finalmente, la Autoridad también busca recabar información sobre nuevos problemas que han surgido debido a la COVID-19, además de desafíos de larga duración que han limitado el crecimiento y la sostenibilidad del sector.

2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-116 – Construir la resiliencia del sector de cuidado infantil de New Jersey

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Angel and VC Investments

Access to capital is pivotal to the growth of emerging New Jersey innovation-focused companies. Garden State businesses continue to attract the capital they need to grow. Below is a summary roundup by month of the many of the companies that have received investments, as well as a roundup by month of many mergers and acquisitions. Click on each company’s name to learn more.


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February 24, 2021

New Jersey Offshore Wind Safety Challenge Information Webinar

The New Jersey Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge is a new grant competition that will help to establish an industry-recognized training program and facility that is foundational for preparing New Jersey workers to participate in and support the growth of …
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October 29, 2020

Developments in Offshore Wind

Raritan Valley Chapter Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) presents a dynamic 2CPE presentation on Developments in Offshore Wind on Thursday, Oct. 29th Speakers: Julia Kortrey, Offshore Wind Project New Jersey Economic Development Authority Jessica Dealy, External Affairs Lead, Atlantic Shores …
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Kathleen Coviello
Kathleen Coviello
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Technology, Life Sciences, and Entrepreneurship
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Bill Penders
Senior Advisor – Finance, Professional Services, Film
Clark Smith
Clark Smith
Sector Lead
Technology (North)
Doug Yorke
Douglas Yorke
Sector Lead
Advanced Manufacturing
Doyin Ashiru
Sector Lead
Food and Beverage 
Kelly Watson
Senior Advisor – Pharmaceutical
Jonathan Kennedy
Jonathan Kennedy
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Pallavi Madakasira
Sector Lead
Clean Energy
Tim Rollender
Tim Rollender
Sector Lead
Technology (South) 

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