NEXUS-NY is a clean energy seed accelerator. Each year we provide financial, business and educational support to around 10 entrepreneurial teams which are selected through a competitive application process. Program participants are eligible to receive approximately $50,000 of equity-free direct financial support. Our entrepreneurs come from research universities and the general community and share several common traits:
They are passionate about their technology and want to start a great company.
They want to solve big problems for real customers.
They recognize the need to demonstrate their technology and business model through meaningful proof-of-concept prototypes and customer interaction.
Have a great technology? Join Us!
NEXUS-NY is a program of High Tech Rochester (HTR) and is supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
"NEXUS-NY offered us the opportunity to add some rigor to a process we already had in mind"
"We greatly benefited from other teams in the NEXUS-NY program"
"Understanding whether customers really care about the invention is the big key"
"NEXUS helped us identify pathways to commercialize the energy storage technologies developed in our lab"
"We are excited by the possibility of obtaining verifiable data from the prototypes we created through the NEXUS program"
"It’s a fire hose approach to vetting a technology"
"The most exciting thing is that we’ve been able to prove out the technology"
"The exciting part for me is the process of talking with potential customers and hearing ‘wow, that solves my problem"
"We were excited by the puzzle of how to make this into a product people actually want"
"It’s really cool to be invested in this community"
"Learning and implementing the lean startup process was extremely valuable, even more so than the financial support"
The on-line application opens Fall 2015
Applications for NEXUS-NY will be accepted using this on-line form only.
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Please contact us with any questions about our program, your teams eligibility, or any updates in our scheduling.