Pennsylvania Awards Early-Stage Tech Businesses Nearly $18M

Nearly $18 million in tax credits to support 239 early-stage companies was just awarded through Pennsylvania’s Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit (KIZ) program.

Keystone Innovation Zone“The KIZ program is an important tool that substantially contributes to the ability of young companies to transition through the stages of growth,” said Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “We need to nurture the talent pipeline that exists in Pennsylvania from higher education to business ownership by providing as many opportunities as possible to support their efforts.”

The Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit program is designed to support and encourage entrepreneurship in and around Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities by providing young Pennsylvania companies with a substantial amount of working capital to meet its critical needs, including covering capital expenditures, workforce expansion, operational expenses, and making companies more attractive to venture investment.

The program provides tax credits for companies that have been in operation for less than eight years, whose gross revenues have increased over the previous year, are located in a Keystone Innovation Zone, and are operating within a targeted industry sector such as information technology or advanced manufacturing/diversified materials. With a total pool of up to $25 million in tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, applications must be submitted on or before September 15 each year.

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