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The PowerBridgeNY Cycle 6 application is now closed.

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PowerBridgeNY 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. Learn more about the benefit the program has had for awardees by reading the PowerBridgeNY 5 Year Impact Report.

The PowerBridgeNY application for Cycle 6 is now closed.  If you are interested in applying to Cycle 7: check out our process below, read our FAQs, and reach out or register for an Info Session if you have any additional questions.

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Determine Eligibility
Fall 2018
You work at a lab at one of the 6 universities and have a technology that you think could have a positive impact on the environment. You want to test, “is this worth something?” For this phase, please review the FAQs, and Full Proposal Application Checklist. We also strongly suggest that you attend an info session in late summer / early fall.

Apply to PowerBridgeNY
All applications are due November 1st 2018
You (principal investigator) and your entrepreneurial lead apply to the program by submitting a Pre-proposal through FluidReview.

Attend Bootcamp
January 2019 – March 2019 
If you are invited to submit a full proposal, you have the option to participate in a customer discovery bootcamp with other applicants. We strongly suggested that all applicants do this. Rejected Pre-Proposal applicants may still be able to participate in the bootcamp if there are enough spots, those would be available on a first-come, first serve basis.  See the full schedule here.

Submit Full Proposal
March 2019 (Exact date TBD)
After the bootcamp, you will need to expand on your pre-proposal and submit a full proposal for your project. Fill out the Full Proposal in FluidReview.

Pitch Your Idea
April 24, 2019
After submitting the full proposal, select applicants will be invited to pitch their idea to us and members of our Judge panel.

May 2019
If you pass all of the above steps, you are accepted into PowerBridgeNY! Accepted teams will be given the first tranche of the 150K in May 2019, and will earn the other tranches over the next 12-18 months by completing technical and business milestones.

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Application Resources

1. Full Detailed Schedule 
This includes all the tasks that applicants of the PowerBridgeNY program will be required to complete. We strongly suggest that you review this document before applying to ensure that you understand the demands of the PowerBridgeNY program. This does not include the full schedule of the applicant bootcamp.
2. Applicant Bootcamp Schedule
This is the full detailed schedule of the applicant bootcamp.
3. Full Proposal Application Checklist
This is a helpful checklist to have on hand as you fill out your pre-application for the PowerBridgeNY program.
4. Info Sheet
A quick one-sheet with an overview of the program.
5. Info Session Slides
The slides from our info sessions that describe the program.
6. Pre-Proposal Sample Questions
This document is for reference only. Actual pre-proposal questions may differ.
7. Ignition Grant Guidelines
The Ignition Grant ($50K) is only available to teams have been awarded and completed all of the milestones for a $150K Validation Grant.
8. PowerBridgeNY Wiki
Our Wiki contains information on the overall application and judging process for the Validation Grants as well as more information about PowerBridgeNY in general.
9. PowerBridgeNY Curriculum
Get a deeper understanding of how we help our awardees commercialize their technology by reviewing the PowerBridgeNY curriculum.
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