About the Program

About 2017-10-24T21:18:06+00:00

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 two main initiatives:

The PowerBridgeNY accelerator is for scientists and entrepreneurs seeking to accelerate the commercialization of their cleantech. The accelerator helps technologists to determine product-market fit, de-risk their technologies by building early prototypes, and to validate their technology through customer and industry interactions. This is done by offering teams up to $150K to conduct 100 Customer Discovery interviews and develop a prototype or conduct in-field testing to move the technology closer to commercialization via a startup (preferable) or license. During the accelerator, we host a series of events and monthly check-ins using the NSF I-Corps/Lean LaunchPad Methodology as well as subsidize the cost of necessary services, provide industry Mentors, and arrange pro bono office hours with experts in law, finance, grant writing, and more.

Hacking for Energy (H4E), is a graduate-level course that launched in Spring 2017. 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, are given 14 weeks to solve real energy challenges posed by large companies using the Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship methodology. At the end of the course, the student teams present their findings at a public and live streamed event. H4E was first taught at Columbia in Spring 2017 and open to Columbia, NYU and CUNY students. In Spring 2018, it will be expanded to other universities. Learn more about Hacking for Energy on its website.

The PowerBridgeNY Team

Jim Aloise
Director

Julia Byrd
Operations Manager

Sara Jayanthi
Marketing Manager

Lilly Belanger

Lilly Belanger
Program Coordinator

University Partners

Orin Herskowitz
Columbia University

Kurt Becker
New York University

John Blaho
City University of New York

Uzi de Haan

Uzi de Haan
Cornell Tech

Lee Chetheam

Lee Chetheam
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Donna Tummiello

Donna Tummiello
Stonybrook University

Current Judges

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid
Senior Scientist
ConEd

Ben Sampson

Ben Sampson
GE Ventures

Blake Stevens

Blake Stevens
Vice President
Harris & Harris Group

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
Founder and Managing Partner
Rethink Energy

Jean-Noël Poirier

Jean-Noël Poirier
Managing Partner
Planet-A-Technology Partners

Josh Gould

Josh Gould
Utility of the Future
Con Edison

Mike Shimazu

Mike Shimazu
Senior Advisor for Innovation
NYSERDA

Parker White

Parker White
Sustainability Director
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital

Serena Lee

Serena Lee
Project Manager
Con Edison

Shirley Speakman

Shirley Speakman
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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