Helping to create new companies + jobs in innovation industries.


About Martin Babinec

Martin Babinec founded Silicon Valley based TriNet in 1988, serving as CEO for the company’s first 20 years and Chairman until 2010. TriNet’s cloud based HR services help 14,000+ small to mid sized companies and the company has grown to annual sales of $3 billion and listing on the NYSE. In 1999, Babinec relocated his family from Silicon Valley to his hometown of Little Falls, NY, where he founded Upstate Venture Connect (non profit dedicated to accelerating growth of startups across Upstate NY), StartFast Venture Accelerator (which invests in and helps grow a cohort of 5-8 startup companies each summer in Central New York), and UpVentures Capital (where he makes direct investments in startup companies and serves as limited partner and advisor to a dozen venture capital and seed funds). In 2016 Babinec founded the Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) and ran as an independent candidate in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Advocating policies and private sector engagement to spur job growth, the race earned national recognition as the only congressional race in which an independent candidate was competitive. He continues to lead UJP on a path to earn constituted party status in NY State as a vehicle to influence political discourse in reversing regional population decline.

Bring Upstate Back by Supporting Startups and the Innovation Economy

As we assess where we need to focus our economic recovery, Upstate Jobs [...]

By |July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

COVID Crisis Highlights Outdated Approaches to NYS Public Education

One of the major adjustments of the COVID-19 crisis is the sudden shift [...]

By |June 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Innovation Economy and What It Can Mean for Upstate NY

Talented, well-educated people are the first ingredient to a successful Upstate NY In [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Martin Babinec Testimony to NYS Assembly

November 13, 2017 Hon. Robin Schimminger Member of Assembly Chair, Committee on Economic [...]

By |November 19th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Vote for Change or More of the Same?

A new report by the Federal Reserve uncovers that only a handful of [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Syracuse Mayoral Race: What Voters Want

Voters state Jobs & the Economy as single most important issue; Select Ben [...]

By |October 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Communities Create Better Upstate Jobs

Help our job creators by leveraging assets right here in our communities to [...]

By |August 25th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Battle of Oriskany Anniversary Honors American Defenders of the Mohawk Valley

The Battle of Oriskany - A Movement that Created an Independent America After [...]

By |August 6th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

It’s Time to Adopt Entrepreneurial Thinking

...and disrupt traditional economic development - To no surprise, the Start-Up NY jobs [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Future of Upstate Must Focus On IT Jobs

If we’re serious about creating more high-paying jobs in Upstate New York, we [...]

By |June 29th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments