NYSERDA Awards $1.5 million to University at Buffalo to Establish Clean Energy Business Incubator Program
May 14, 2009
Buffalo, NY—The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced an award of $1.5 million to the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach to establish a clean energy business incubator program that will provide business support to accelerate the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies in Western New York. Through this award and other ongoing efforts, NYSERDA is building the capacity to foster innovative clean energy companies, grow the clean energy industry in New York, and expand the State’s “green collar” workforce.
"One way New York is leading the nation in the clean energy revolution is through fostering successful partnerships between early-stage clean energy businesses and regional incubators that help them grow and compete in the global marketplace,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “The funding we announce today represents Governor David A. Paterson’s commitment to invest in the infrastructure that will help innovators develop their products, take their ideas to the market, and expand our State’s clean energy industry.”
:The University at Buffalo’s program, Directed Energy, is designed to utilize the technical expertise of scientists and engineers at the University with the business development skills of the University’s Technology Incubator in order to foster clean energy companies and job growth in Western New York. NYSERDA funds are intended to assist companies throughout the incubation process, and to develop a financially self-sustaining program that makes Western New York a regional center for developing clean energy technologies.
“We are creating a regional foundation for a healthy green economy in Western New York,” said Martin Casstevens, Business Formation and Commercialization Manager for the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology and Economic Outreach (STOR) and the Director of Directed Energy. “This is just the beginning of a long-term program to concentrate resources and technical skills to grow alternative energy businesses in Western New York. We have programs to assist local energy companies, energy entrepreneurs, and scientists to develop sustainable clean energy technologies.”
The Directed Energy program will also work with the Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise to attract energy companies to Western New York by marketing the region’s natural and institutional assets. Directed Energy will also develop curricula to better prepare University students for the green economy and to help companies provide quality continuing education to employees. Alfred University, Buffalo’s Insyte Consulting and Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise, UB’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), Lockport’s Harrison Plant Incubator, Niagara County’s Vantage Center, and Batavia’s Harvester Center are partners in UB’s Directed Energy program.
“Throughout the State, from garages and workshops to university laboratories, innovative New Yorkers are working to meet our energy requirements in ways that improve our environment and make our economy more robust,” Murray added. “Under the leadership of Governor Paterson, the prospect to start and grow renewable and clean energy technology companies right here in New York remains bright.”
Governor David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force Report, issued in February 2008, made several recommendations calling for increased support to clean energy businesses. NYSERDA has led efforts to establish clean energy business incubators that provide guidance, technical assistance, and consultation to young growing companies, so they contribute to New York State’s economy and are well positioned to compete on national and global levels.
Through the use of innovation and technology, NYSERDA is working to solve New York’s difficult energy and environmental problems in ways that improve the State’s economy. Effective business assistance programs will not only allow clean energy companies achieve growth and succeed globally, but also meet increased demand for clean energy and energy-efficient products. By diversifying our industrial and manufacturing resources with growing early-stage clean energy technology companies, New York can assure its continuing position as a leader in the innovation economy.
NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, offers programs, technical support, and funding to help businesses, municipalities, research institutions and consumers become more energy-efficient, protect the environment, and save money. By supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies, NYSERDA programs move New York toward a clean energy economy, deliver economic benefits, and prepare New York workers for green-collar jobs. NYSERDA program staff brings significant expertise and evaluates energy-related projects to ensure the best outcome. NYSERDA invests in programs that support the State’s energy goals – reducing energy consumption while promoting the use of renewable resources and protecting the environment. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, has been helping New York save energy since 1975.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB’s more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.
Sal Graven, NYSERDA
518-862-1090, ext 3331
716-645-5000 ext 1415
Last Updated: 11/26/2012