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NEXUS-NY's Cornell Team, Dimensional Energy, Moves to Round 2 of Carbon XPRIZE Competition We're energized to share Dimensional Energy's latest milestone - a feature in Engineering.com for their participation in the Carbon XPRIZE competition! The Cornell research team as now been selected as a semi-finalist in the...

American Fuel Cell and Avatar Sustainable Technologies Awarded DOE Grants in Round 2 of Small Business Voucher Program The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has started a new innovative Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy...

Thinking about applying to NEXUS-NY? Get a head start by joining HTR’s Pre-Seed Workshop Are you ready for innovation? NEXUS-NY isn’t holding back the “energy” this Fall, with Demo Day 2016 scheduled for October 5, Cohort 4 applications opening on October 18 and the next High...

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy seed accelerator. Each year the program provides financial, business and education support to entrepreneurial teams selected through a competitive application process. Participants primarily come from NY research universities and share several common traits: They’re passionate about their research and want...

Over the last several months in the NEXUS-NY program, SUNY Alfred State startup, Phase Innovations, has been hard at work diligently testing many different materials and designs for development of their customer validation prototype. Dr. Jon Owejan, assistant professor of mechanical at Alfred State, along with...

Research only turns into a real-world solution if it becomes something you can buy and use, but there are a lot of challenges to taking a great idea from the lab and making it a viable commercial product. Researchers can become entrepreneurs by studying the...

Micatu: Upstate New York’s Next Generation Optical Sensor Company New York native, Michael Oshetski, is proud to be an entrepreneur. As the CEO of Micatu, Mike speaks with passion about his company and plans to not only revolutionize optical sensor technologies, but create high-paying jobs for...

A premier showcase of entrepreneurial talent, ten startups shared company successes and stories about how High Tech Rochester programs helped advance their success. Innovate. Incubate. Grow. Helping Entrepreneurs Build Successful Companies High Tech Rochester (HTR) is a nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic...

Investors' Circle is now accepting applications for entrepreneurs to be considered to pitch at their next national pitch event, Beyond the Pitch: San Francisco on September 13, 2016 The deadline for entrepreneurs who want to be considered is midnight on July 7, 2016.   Are you an entrepreneur...

7 Clean Energy Research Teams Start De-Risking Technology in NEXUS-NY Phase 2 The difference between success and failure is finding focus as early as possible. This is a primary mission of the NEXUS-NY clean energy seed accelerator, and over the last several months, participants have been...

Come for the Competition. Stay for the Transformation. That’s the intent around the 76West clean energy initiative. May was an exciting month for NEXUS-NY, with five of our seed accelerator graduates, and one Cohort 3 team pitching at the 76West Clean Energy Competition Semifinals. 76West is...

Phase 1: Seeking Problem-solution Fit Through Customer Discovery Over the course of the last several months, NEXUS-NY participants have been working on their interim “business opportunities presentations.” In a closed session for a few members of the NEXUS-NY community, each team debuted their progress in Rochester,...

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and administered by High Tech Rochester, NEXUS-NY is a proof-of-concept center chartered with accelerating the transition of clean-energy technologies from New York's research labs into the marketplace with educational, financial and business support. eColectro is...

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy startup accelerator chartered with catalyzing the commercialization of technologies discovered by New York researchers. Funded largely by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), NEXUS-NY increases the number of scalable clean energy startup companies within the region....

by Jinelle Shengulette for Democrat and Chronicle   Five months ago, Mike Molaire and his team moved into Eastman Business Park to work on their new venture, Molecular Glasses. The space is very familiar to Molaire, who spent a great deal of time on the same floor of the same...

The SUNY Alfred State Customer Discovery Story Ben is a plant engineer in a manufacturing facility. Like any engineer, Ben values efficiency to save his company money. Nearly all manufacturing processes generate waste heat - this is heat required for the process, but not reclaimed or...

by Jeff Murray, jmurray@stargazette.com | @SGJeffMurray ©2018 Star Gazette In 2011, Michael Oshetski put his technical prowess to work and created a startup business in his garage. Only four years later, Oshetski and the company he founded — Micatu Inc. — are poised to revolutionize sensor technology that he says...

Transforming Waste Fibrous Sources Into Green Energy & Products Using a patented process, Avatar Sustainable Technologies produces fermentable cellulosic sugars from refuse of local industries. After completing NEXUS-NY Cohort 1, this clean energy startup based in Syracuse, NY is on its way to commercializing the process,...

Two Cornell University research technologies participating in NEXUS-NY Cohort 3, together NEXUS-NY is piloting a new way to test the commercial potential of university research without scientists fully participating in the rigorous process of its clean energy seed accelerator. New in 2016, two researchers from Cornell University...

NEXUS-NY Invests in the Brightest Clean Energy Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs It’s kickoff for nine new research teams joining the NEXUS-NY seed accelerator. From computer scientists to aeronautical engineers, Cohort 3 members have now started their journey to develop clean energy solutions that will accelerate the...

In 2015 several university researchers and pre-revenue companies worked diligently with NEXUS-NY to accelerate the commercialization of their early-stage, clean-energy technologies. Now with the educational, financial and business support of the NEXUS-NY clean energy seed accelerator, six research teams have completed cohort 2, including Binghamton-based ChromaNanoTech. ChromaNanoTech is...

72 Research Teams & Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies Apply for Next Round of NEXUS-NY Seed Accelerator New York’s energy ideas are being watched around the globe, thanks in part to its vast number of top research universities, including Cornell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the SUNY system....

NEXUS-NY accelerates the commercialization of New York's early-stage, clean energy technologies of university researchers and pre-revenue companies by providing educational, financial and business support. Throughout the NEXUS-NY program, the AMBIS team was able to develop a cost-efficient way to cool buildings by upcycling the world's...

History in the making! Leading cleantech startups from the NEXUS-NY and PowerBridgeNY programs were celebrated at the NYC CleanTech Summit this fall. The event was held at the New York Law School and featured champions from the Northeast's cleantech business community, including President of NECEC...

The Upstate New York Clean Energy Event celebrated the most promising clean energy companies in New York. The graduating class of NEXUS-NY cohort 2 shared updates on the progresses made after undergoing the NEXUS-NY Clean Energy Seed Accelerator, while world renowned keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Greene,...

NEXUS-NY, a clean energy accelerator, provides educational, financial and business support for university researchers and early-stage companies across New York state. Administered by High Tech Rochester, NEXUS-NY is one of three NYSERDA-funded proof-of-concept centered chartered with accelerating the translation of clean-energy technologies from New York's...

It's easier to find people to invest in a great new tech product if you can show that it will be profitable relatively quickly. Unfortunately, that's not so easy to demonstrate. Learn how we're working to change that. The Academy and NYSERDA (the New York State...

NEXUS-NY, a business accelerator for startups focused on clean energy, is bringing Dr. Brian Greene to Rochester next month to talk during a presentation day. ...

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy accelerator that provides educational, financial and business support for university researchers and early stage companies across New York state. Xallent was part of NEXUS-NY Cohort 2. Xallent is now underway with the final stages of testing on their commercial platform...

The association between searching for a grand unified theory of the universe and searching for one’s first customer might not seem obvious, but there are some clear connections. That’s why NEXUS-NY has invited Dr. Brian Greene, an expert on superstring theory, to give the keynote...

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.

Doug Buerkle, a senior business executive who has guided the growth of multiple technology companies, has joined High Tech Rochester as Executive Director of New Energy Xcelerator in UpState NY (NEXUS-NY), one of three clean-energy Proof-of-Concept Centers designated and funded by The New York State Energy...

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