I would like to thank our highly supportive sponsors as well as the broader cleantech community for helping to make NextGen Cleantech, our Climate Week NYC event that took place last week, a roaring success! With more than 40 cleantech startups showcasing to an audience of 340 people, we had a full house with a myriad of important conversations and connections happening. It all was made possible by our sponsors CEBIP, Con Edison, CREA, Cleantech Open NE, M-Corps, and the NYSERDA EIR program. These programs not only provided funding but also helped provide startups to showcase and tapped into their large networks to help bring in a curated audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals.
We believe that the cleantech ecosystem in New York State is getting stronger every day. Taking advantages of opportunities to cooperate and build something greater than the sum of its parts is a key part of that growth that we and our partners are proud to be a part of. Even though NextGen is complete, we are committed to continuing to finding ways to work together on networking events and workshops, sharing best practices, referring teams to one another, serving as mentors and judges in each other's programs, and more. I truly am inspired by the collaboration that has emerged in this sector and am excited to see the teams and programs we all support have an impact on our environment and economy.
Associate Director | PowerBridgeNY
Cycle 5 team from Stony Brook University SolarClear recently graduated from PowerBridgeNY! The team, led by Shrish Patel (pictured), has recently expanded to include Jim Smith who will be helping with business development. With the funding from PBNY, the team has been able to build a larger version of their active solar panel cleaning technology and field test it on panels at Arizona State University. At the same time, the team has made great strides in advancing their business model to understand more about who their target customers are, what their revenue model will look like, and what kinds of partnerships they will need to be successful.
The next steps for the team are to apply to CEBIP, a NYSERDA-funded cleantech incubator located at Stony Brook where they can continue to get business mentorship and valuable connections to start securing pilot opportunities. We proud of the team and are looking forward to watching them progress even further!
Cycle 6 Stonybrook University team IM Technologies is one of only four early-stage startups invited to pitch at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Pitch Night. The top prize is $10,000 sponsored by BNB Bank. If you want to support the team and learn more about how they are taking recycled light bulbs and turning them into rare earth minerals and nanoparticles, you can RSVP to the event.
Cycle 3 and Ignition Grant awardee Allied Microbiota recently won a Phase II SBIR award from the National Science Foundation for more than $700K! With the funding they will continue to set up their new facilities at the Advanced Energy Technology and Research Center (AERTC) so that they can make more of their PacBac product. They have a partnership with Clean Earth, a firm that does soil remediation and is looking for additional tools like PacBac to treat soils with recalcitrant pollutants no one else can currently cost effectively treat. We see only great things in their future as they clean up contaminated soils everywhere!
Cycle 6 CUNY awardee QUATCARE (pictured to the right receiving their PBNY award) was named one of the three finalists in Cleantech Open Northeast out of a group of more than 30 startups! The team will be going to the Global Forum in November to pitch with the finalists from the other regions for the top prize. Good luck to them!
October 2 | NY-Best
Energy Storage Innovation Conference on the latest innovations and technological advances in the rapidly growing field of energy storage technology.
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What We're Listening To
A recommendation from the PowerBridgeNY team The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Education and Corporate Innovation
Steve Blank is interviewed by Philip Bouchard, Executive Director of TrustedPeer Entrepreneurship Advisory, about how entrepreneurship education has changed, mission-driven entrepreneurship, and what we’ve learned about corporate innovation.
Picture of the Month
Attendees at NextGen Cleantech circulating among the more than 40 cleantech startups showcasing. Photo credit goes to David Gilford of HR&A Advisors.