About the Program

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What is PowerBridgeNY?

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With $10M in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), PowerBridgeNY’s mission is to turn cleantech innovations from the academic research labs of our six partner institutions into strong, cleantech businesses in New York State. PowerBridgeNY is two separate proof-of-concept centers (POCC), both funded by NYSERDA, collaborating as one entity. One POCC is led by Columbia University and includes Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell Tech, and Stony Brook University. The other POCC is led by the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University and includes the City University of New York.

PowerBridgeNY has three main initiatives:

The PowerBridgeNY accelerator is for scientists and entrepreneurs seeking to commercialize their cleantech inventions. The accelerator helps technologists determine product-market fit, de-risk their technologies by building early prototypes, and validate their technology through customer and industry interactions. Teams use awards of up to $150K to conduct 100 Customer Discovery interviews using the NSF I-Corps/Lean LaunchPad methodology and develop a prototype or conduct in-field testing. During the program, teams also attend a series of events designed to educate them on the basics of founding and operating a startup. Finally, teams receive access to industry mentors and subsidized essential startups resources, such as pitch coaching, SBIR/STTR consultants, lawyers, financial advisers, and more.

Hacking for Energy (H4E) is a graduate-level course that launched in Spring 2017 for students at Columbia University, NYU, and CUNY. Designed in the vein of Steve Blank’s Hacking for Defense course at Stanford, the purpose of H4E is to tap university talent, match them with real-world energy problems, and seed the next, best entrepreneurs in cleantech. H4E is a flipped classroom: graduate students working in interdisciplinary groups use the Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship methodology to solve real energy challenges posed by large companies. At the end of the course during the 14 week semester. The students work closely with their Industry Host and speak with many other industry professionals to understand the context and importance of the problem before beginning to develop a solution. Learn more about Hacking for Energy on its website.

NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange is a program to identify, match, and integrate business/executive talent in C-level roles with early stage cleantech companies.  A critical aspect of commercializing technology is finding the right team members to bring technologies to market.

Contact us for an application, if you are a:

  • New York State-based cleantech startup looking for a CEO or C-Level candidate
  • Serial entrepreneur or experienced business professional interested in joining a cleantech startup

The PowerBridgeNY Team

Jim Aloise
Executive Director

Julia Byrd
Associate Director

Lilly Belanger

Lilly Belanger
Program Manager

Maria Grillo

Maria Grillo
Project Associate

University Partners

Orin Herskowitz
Columbia University

Kurt Becker
New York University

John Blaho
City University of New York

Uzi de Haan
Lee Chetheam

Lee Chetheam
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Donna Tummiello

Donna Tummiello
Stonybrook University

Current Judges

Andrew Reid

Ari Frankel
Assistant VP of Sustainability
Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid
Senior Scientist
ConEd

Blake Stevens

Ben Sampson
Director
GE Ventures

Blake Stevens

Blake Stevens
Executive Director
LaunchLabs

Christopher Cavanagh

Christopher Cavanagh
Director
National Grid

Cyril Yee

Cyril Yee
US Cleantech Lead
IP Group

David Cruikshank

David Cruikshank
Partner
Arch Ventures

David Dorsey

David Dorsey
Tech Investor
Osage Partners

Edward Greer

Edward Greer
Manager
DOW Chemical Company

Jake Berlin

Jake Berlin
Principal, Distributed Energy Resources
ICF

Jean-Noel Poirier

Jean Noel Poirier
Executive Managing Director
Clean Energy Venture Group

Josh Gould

Josh Gould
Utility of the Future
Con Edison

Parker White

Parker White
Co-founder
Usurp Power

Serena Lee

Serena Lee
Project Manager
Con Edison

Shirley Speakman

Shirley Speakman
Partner
Cycle Capital

Steve Kloos

Steve Kloos
Partner
True North Ventures

Past Judges

John Lee

John Lee
Analyst
Osage Ventures

Margarett Jolly

Margarett Jolly
Director of Research and Development
ConEd

Mark Steven Johnson

Mark Johnson
Smart Cities Chief
Schneider Electric

Nena Golubovic

Nena Golubovic
Director, Physical Sciences
IP Group

Praveen Sahay

Praveen Sahay
Managing Director
WAVE Equity Partners

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