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NEXUS-NY Updates

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Since kicking off in January, our 2015 Cohort—which consists of 9 Business Discovery Teams—has worked hard to bridge the gap from technology to commercialization. On April 9th, 2015 each team presented their findings.

These presentations were unlike typical investor pitches; rather, teams gave progress updates, highlighting what each team had discovered and accomplished within Phase One of the NEXUS-NY program.

At stake was a spot in Phase Two, which 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.

After the presentations, attendees, mentors and team presenters enjoyed lunch and an hour of networking.  

Here’s a few shots of the event, hosted at Woodcliff Hotel and Spa:

NEXUS-NY, a clean energy accelerator, has selected its second cohort of business discovery teams to participate in a rigorous and structured program that guides participants towards three primary objectives: to assess product-market fit; to develop proof-of-concept prototypes; and to obtain third-party validation of their business model and technology.

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and administered by High Tech Rochester (HTR), NEXUS-NY (New Energy Xcelerator of Upstate New York) is one of three NYSERDA-funded proof-of-concept centers (POCCs) chartered with accelerating the translation of clean energy technologies from New York’s research labs into the marketplace.
“We are happy with the progress made by participants of our inaugural cohort,” says NEXUS-NY Executive Director Doug Buerkle. “Participating teams have launched seven new startup companies and two of those have received investor term sheets.

“Follow-on grants have already exceeded $500 thousand and several companies have achieved and/or are working towards a first customer sale and/or successful customer pilot testing. It’s still early, but I expect the second cohort will do even better.”

The program is run in two phases. The initial phase lasts three months and requires business discovery teams to directly interact with industry participants in order to build and test a viable business model.

Upon completion of Phase 1, some teams will move on to the second phase, where they are eligible for additional support including, on average, $50,000, for further prototype development.

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