A Clean Energy
Seed Accelerator

Your Innovation + Our Resources = NY’s Next Great Company
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What you Need

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

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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Powering Innovation, Fueling the Future


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"

    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


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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
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