[ management ]

Unlike many other business incubators focused primarily on research and development, our incubators provide the facilities, resources, and support needed by manufacturing entrepreneurs. The management at IncubatorWorks understands small business—and how to grow it!

  Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic, CPA

  Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer


Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic, CPA, joined IncubatorWorks in November 2012. Nancy is experienced in entrepreneurship, business development, and strategic planning. She successfully launched a CPA firm in the Southern Tier, building it to a firm of 14 professionals, which specialized in providing contract CFO services for clients, including business plan development, strategic planning, and turnaround services.

A graduate of Binghamton University, Nancy has served on the boards of many local nonprofit organizations, and has also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has been named as a Small Business Advocate by the SBA. She is a Certified Leadership Coach.

  Alan Rae, Ph.D

  Co-Executive Director


Dr. Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology and “clean tech” industries for over 25  years in the USA and UK, managing global businesses and technology development at a startup, operating company and corporate level.

Alan is active in industry associations and standards work with iNEMI, ISO, SMTA, IMAPS, IPC, and JISSO. He is a founding member of the Graphene Stakeholders’ Association.

He has held Director and VP positions with 5 new companies, started his own business, and has consulted for two Fortune 100 companies, two Boston-based investment groups and numerous start-up companies. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence with NYSERDA and a member of the industrial advisory board for the New York Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics at University of Buffalo and a member of the New York State Investment Venture Capital Fund's Investment Advisory Committee.

  Ashleigh Madison

  Program Manager


Ashleigh graduated from Mansfield University in 2006 and joined IncubatorWorks in January 2016. She has a background in photography, recruiting, office management, and marketing. These strengths have helped her to focus on StartUps, job growth, and building an entrepreneurial community.

In 2016, she brought 500 visitors through the Incubator with the help of Alan Rae and Nancy Kirby. In 2017, she hopes to continue that trend by bringing in more students, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers.

Ashleigh serves on the CAYP (Corning Area Young Professionals) Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee. She has a passion for helping people succeed and reach their personal and professional goals.

She is excited to help a StartUp graduate through the Incubator program and assist in the job growth and creation of the several counties we serve.

Ashleigh and her husband are also entrepreneurs, which helps fuel Ashleigh's passion for helping other like-minded individuals. When they aren't focusing on their professional careers, Ashleigh pursues her passion for photography, while her husband has a seasonal lawncare business.