What we're about

Tech Valley Center of Gravity (501c3) is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM education center, and creative community. In other words, we are a nonprofit that provides low-cost access to equipment, tools, technology and space, as well as business expertise, education and resources.

At our core is the Makerspace: 15,000 square feet of equipment, tools, work stations, and collaborative spaces. There are nine Maker Zones (https://www.tvcog.net/facility/makerspace-technology-zones) dedicated to specific aspects of making. From metal shop to 3D printing, welding to woodshop, laser cutting to electronics, community room to consultation corners: our building is designed to promote collaboration, boost creative confidence, and spark creativity.

While the Makerspace is the core, our Community is the Center of Gravity’s heart. We nurture a culture of inclusivity to enhance innovation among a community of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and professionals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, interests, nationalities, life experiences and educational backgrounds. Courses, workshops, lectures and meet-ups ensure ongoing growth for participants. Affordable membership fees, our Community Outreach Fund, volunteer programs ensure economic diversity, as well.

The Prototyping Center zone contains higher-end equipment and open space for big projects. While available to all members, it's designed for use by those scaling from a prototype to a final product, and to existing companies that need occasional access to professional equipment.

The THINQubator, our children's makerspace, engages new generations of makers and doers in creative expression and idea development through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Many programs provide opportunities for families to grow together in these important subjects. Programming is available for field trips and special events.

Our Manufacturing Incubator program provides expert coaching and incubation across industries, advisory services and support for product-related startups.

Be sure to join our sister Meetup Group,

HATCHED - The Capital District Inventors and Entrepreneurs Meetup

, where we host events related to product development.

meetup.com/CDIEMNY (https://www.meetup.com/CDIEMNY/)

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TVCOG's Social Night (in-person event)

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Social Night has returned to being an in-person event every Tuesday evening. Member meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month going forward.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity.

TVCOG's Social Night (in-person event)

Needs a location

Social Night has returned to being an in-person event every Tuesday evening. Member meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month going forward.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity.

TVCOG's Social Night (in-person event)

Needs a location

Social Night has returned to being an in-person event every Tuesday evening. Member meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month going forward.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity.

TVCOG's Social Night (in-person event)

Needs a location

Social Night has returned to being an in-person event every Tuesday evening. Member meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month going forward.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity.

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