SUNY Poly student startups set to launch
Clean tech solutions driving force behind firms started by Haldar’s students
Slowly but surely, though, SUNY Poly is also becoming a hot spot for clean energy and biotech startups that could become the Teslas of the future.
You may not have heard much about them since they aren’t publicly traded and have just a handful of employees — companies such as BESS Tech and Glauconix that have received a fair amount of publicity.
These companies have all been created by students of Pradeep Haldar, who is vice president of entrepreneurship innovation and clean energy programs at SUNY Poly.
The two latest firms to be launched by Haldar’s graduate students include Lux Semiconductors, which is making flexible semiconductor substrates that can be used in solar panels.
The other is Eonix, which is developing ultracapacitors.
Haldar’s labs are located on the University at Albany campus, facilities in UAlbany’s physics building that were grandfathered in when SUNY Poly split from UAlbany several years ago. Haldar supports startups through a SUNY Poly program called SPARC.
SPARC, which stands for The SUNY Poly: Advancing Research & Commercialization Initiative, works in partnership with two state supported business incubator programs that are affiliated with SUNY Poly, iClean and the Tech Valley Business Incubator.
“They (Lux and Eonix) have recently raised funds from external sources and are on the road to success,” Haldar said.