Connection between new NYSERDA Proof of Concept Centers and our member incubators will be strong

The three $5 million “Proof of Concept Center” awards made by NYSERDA to three institutions statewide will all operate in close partnership with our member incubators. The POCC programs aim at translating clean-energy inventions into commercially viable businesses. Serving both university-affiliated and independent inventors, the POCCs operate at the pre-company formation stage as virtual incubators. All three awardees are closely tied to our members:

  • Our supporting member High Tech Rochester, which operates the Lennox Tech Enterprise Center incubator, received a POCC award to serve Western and Central New York in conjunction with academic partners including University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Reserach Foundation, Alfred University, Cornell University, Clarkson University, and SUNY University at Buffalo.
  • Our supporting member NYU-Poly, which operates the Varick Street Incubator and its associated NYC ACRE clean-energy incubator, received an award for a project named PowerBridge, which will address energy inventions made at NYU, NYU-Poly, the City University of New York (CUNY), and NYU’s consortial Center for Urban Science and Progress.
  • Columbia University received an award to operate the Downstate Regional Energy Technology Accelerator, a partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory, SUNY Stony Brook (where the Long Island High Technology Incubator and the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program are supporting members of our association), and Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus in New York City. Graduates of the program may be directed to residency at one of our member incubators.   

For more information, please see the NYSERDA news release. Congratulations to the awardees and good luck at generating new clean-energy enterprises!

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