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Applications for NEXUS-NY will be available October 15, 2015

What you Need

  • To fully understand customer requirements
  • Money to get started
  • Business know-how
  • A community
  • A big debut
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What We Offer

  • "Lean Start-Up" customer discovery process
  • $70K in average financial assistance (Approx. 2/3rd in cash)
  • Support from mentors & teaching team
  • Peer working group, customer introductions, etc.
  • Demo Days
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For Early-Stage Clean Energy Technologies

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy proof-of-concept center (POCC) administered by High Tech Rochester. This initiative was developed and funded by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is built on the understanding that: scalable startup companies are engines of technology commercialization and economic growth; universities in New York are conducting a significant amount of energy-related R&D; the transition of R&D to scalable business startups happens infrequently; changes in university-ecosystem engagement can increase the rate of startup formation and the likelihood of startup success; and, there is a key gap at the “proof-of-concept” stage of product development.

The goal of the program is to provide early-stage support to enable the development and validation of promising clean energy technologies that are, or will become, the platform for start-up companies located in New York State.

The program is run in 12-month cycles with a cohort of 12 teams. The program operates in two phases with a few primary objectives:

Phase 1 follows an intense, 12 week process utilizing the “lean startup” methodology. During this phase, NEXUS-NY “discovery teams” will develop and test numerous business hypotheses through interactions with industry participants. The desired outcome is for NEXUS teams to validate whether a viable and scalable business model exists and to decide whether and how best to pursue their commercialization objectives.

Phase 2 allows teams to de-risk their technology by building prototypes while continuing to engage customers and to develop their go-to-market plans. Some teams will form companies during this period and those companies will seek third party validation of their technologies and business models.

NEXUS-NY provides financial, educational and business support during the course of this program.

  • "NEXUS-NY offered us the opportunity to add some rigor to a process we already had in mind"

    Dan O’Connell

  • "We greatly benefited from other teams in the NEXUS-NY program"

    Nenand Nenadic

  • "Understanding whether customers really care about the invention is the big key"

    Tom Bourne

  • "NEXUS helped us identify pathways to commercialize the energy storage technologies developed in our lab"

    Tobias Hanrath

  • "We are excited by the possibility of obtaining verifiable data from the prototypes we created through the NEXUS program"

    Jason Vollen

  • "It’s a fire hose approach to vetting a technology"

    Pat Govang

  • "The most exciting thing is that we’ve been able to prove out the technology"

    Pat Govang

  • "The exciting part for me is the process of talking with potential customers and hearing ‘wow, that solves my problem"

    Mike Oshetski

  • "We were excited by the puzzle of how to make this into a product people actually want"

    Joe Caron

  • "It’s really cool to be invested in this community"

    Joe Caron

  • "Learning and implementing the lean startup process was extremely valuable, even more so than the financial support"

    Mike Jagielski

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.

Contact details
Suite 100
150 Lucius Gordon Drive
Rochester, NY 14623, United States

+1 585-214-2400