Meet our Cycle 6 applicants! 

December 2018

We are excited to announce the 19 teams invited to submit full proposal applications. You can see a full list of the teams below. This cohort of teams has been our strongest yet – this is the largest number of teams we have ever invited to submit full proposals. Congratulations to all of the teams on their excellent applications!
We are now in the process of pairing teams with mentors and preparing them for our 8-week I-Corps style Bootcamp starting in January. Thank you to our 35 mentors and 12 Bootcamp instructors who are volunteering their time to assist the applicants! The full list of mentors and instructors is also below. If you would like to learn more about these roles and learn more about how to get involved, please respond to this email.
The Bootcamp is a trying but formative time for these budding startups. Many of them have not undergone any customer discovery before, so their business models are likely to change drastically once they start receiving feedback from the market. We look forward to seeing how they all grow and improve their full proposal applications. Please join me in wishing all of the teams luck as they begin this journey!

Julia Byrd

Associate Director | PowerBridgeNY

  Cohort Update

PowerBridgeNY Cycle 6 
19 PowerBridgeNY Applicants Invited to Submit Full Proposals 
After receiving 25 strong applications to our PowerBridgeNY Cycle 6 pre-proposal, our judge panel has selected 19 teams to move forward to the next round and submit a full proposal. This cohort is a great mix of innovative clean technologies and we are excited to continue to work with them! Below is a list of the teams that are moving forward to the next round. 

Teams invited to submit full proposals:
Alumina Energy, CUNY: Low-cost energy storage
CPWaterTech, Stony Brook University: A Non-Chemical Green Process to Treat Wastewater
CURSE, Columbia University: Visually Appealing Polymeric Thin Films For Reducing Building Energy Usage
E-Wave, Columbia University: A submerged wave energy converter that harvests nearshore wave energy
EINO, Cornell-Tech: Energy Intelligent Network Optimization
EmiRef, Columbia University: A paint-like porous polymer coating to cool structures and reduce AC costs
FIRSH, Stony Brook University: Highly efficient smart far infrared heating systems
MetaRe, Columbia University: Climate Controlled Ultra-Thin Fabric
Occam's Charger, Columbia University: Enabling Fast Charging
Pvilion Solar Fabric, CUNY: PV/Fabic Adhesion Testing
QuatCare, CUNY: Antimicrobial media
React Power, NYU: H2POWdR
REMTECH, Stony Brook University: Rare Earth Metal Extraction and Separation from Industrial Waste Feedstock
sHYp, Columbia University: Ballast Water Treatment and Hydrogen Production for the Shipping Industry
Social Solar, Columbia University: Web app for clean energy subscriptions for city residents
Sunthetics, NYU: A greener manufacturing process for nylon intermediates
SuperCap, NYU: Ultra-high capacity supercapacitor
XLEnergy, Columbia University: Grid-Level Energy Storage
Zinco Verde, CUNY: Eco-friendly zinc oxide
A huge thank you to the people that are making it happen!
Cycle 6 Mentors
Arikha Moses
Avi Fogel
Barry Sanders
Barton Roe
Berardo Matalucci
Brandon Howick
Casey Rieder
Cecily Kovatch
Chris Carter
Dave Berlin
David Levine
Douglas Krehbiel
Glen Finkel
Govind Narayan
Gregg Young
Heinrich Gross
James Hewson
James LoGerfo
John Wienecke
Karen Spiegel
Ken Spall
Linda Marra
Lindsay Drogin
Mark Zhu
Megan DeYoung
Micheal Austin
Priya Rawat
Raphael Carty
Rebecca Craft
Richard Steubi
Rick Eno
Rick Lewandowski
Rob Steir
Steve Kyryk
Toby Bryce
Cycle 6 Bootcamp Instructors
Ariella Trotsenko
Christina Pellicane
Dave Hamilton
Dave Petrillo
Dmytro Pokhylko
Heidi Anderson
Ivy Schultz
Jessica Fields
John Blaho
Julia Byrd
Lilly Belanger
Rebecca Silver
Tony Frontera
Guest lecturer: Jim Aloise

  Team Updates

We are very proud of the progress of our awardees! 
Above, the Wind Rider team visits the MassCEC Wind Technology Testing Center
AdvanceH20 Receives a $25K Grant from the Tamer Fund

PowerBridgeNY Cycle 1 awardee AdvanceH20 was recently awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Columbia University Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. AdvanceH20 provides next-generation monitoring & data informatics platforms for waste water treatment plants. 
Concertio forms partnership with Intel & Marvell

This fall, PowerBridgeNY Ignition Grant awardee Concertio (formerly DatArcs) announced partnerships with Intel and Marvell. Concertio uses AI to decrease energy use and equipment expenditure for data centers.

Allied Microbiota joins first M-Corps cohort

Allied Microbiota (PBNY Cycle 3) recently joined the first downstate M-Corps Cohort. M-Corps is a NYSERDA funded program that helps cleantech startups manufacture and get to market. Read more about Allied Microbiota's bioremediation work in the recent article Saving The  Planet From The Ground Up, Literally.

Check out the In the News section of our website to see all the media that features PowerBridgeNY and our awardees. 

  Ecosystem Announcements 

Urban Future Prize Competition applications due 1/4/2019
The Urban Future Prize Competition is one of the largest U.S.-based startup competitions for cleantech and smart city entrepreneurs. The Competition showcases the world’s most revolutionary smart city and smart grid innovations by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious cleantech summit in New York City. Through generous support from The New York Community Trust, NYSERDA, and ConEdison, we are able to offer each of two winners a $50,000 cash prize and admission into the ACRE incubator at Urban Future Lab, New York City’s longest running cleantech incubator program. Learn more here

Webinar with NECEC: How can utilities drive transformation towards the digital utility? 
12/13, 12:30-1:30PM EST
Kristin Barbato (Innovation Advisor at NYSERDA) is moderating the discussion with Drury Mackenzie (Smart Grids Innovation, Avangrid), Oscar Cantalejo (Invest. Analyst, Iberdrola Perseo VC Fund) and the entrepreneurs Zach Pollock Smarter Grid Solutions' Bus. Dev. & Product Strategy Exec. and Steve Mannhard Simple Energy' Dir. Client Solutions. Register here.  
ARPA-E Open Announces Open Funding Opportunity for Transformative Energy Technologies 
ARPA-E recently announced that they plan to spend $98 million on transformative energy technology projects. The full announcement can be read here, and the full list of solicitations can be found here

  Featured Events

December 12 | New England Venture Summit 2018 
The 13th Annual New England Venture Summit. 

Register Here
December 13| Biofabricate 2018
The annual summit for the emerging world of grown materials. 
Register Here
December 12 | Prototypes, Patents, & IP Protection for Hardware Startups
Hosted by NextCorps
Register Here
December 13 |Solar Power NY 
The event for solar policy updates and opportunity for networking.
Register Here

Want to see more events? Check out our New York Cleantech Calendar, where we post all the upcoming cleantech events in the NYC region and beyond.

What We're Reading 

A few recommendations from the PowerBridgeNY team 

CEOs and Scientific Founders: Tips for a Long and Successful Marriage
Published in Xconomy on November 13th, 2018. Written by Columbia Technology Ventures Executive Director, Orin Herskowitz.
This article is a great look into the intricate relationship formed between the inventor of a technology and a CEO brought on to take the business forward, as well as tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls that can arise. 

The Pitch 
A podcast by Gimlet Media 
This podcast offers a rare opportunity to hear what goes on inside the room as entrepreneurs pitch to investors. 

  Picture of the Month

We saw the Battery Fingerprint Tech team in action this month! Above, co-entrepreneurial leads Mohad Mohammadi and Emilia Silletta pose in their lab at NYU. Battery Fingerprint Tech has created an MRI-based technology that can diagnose a battery's health without destroying the battery.   

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