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Entrepreneurial Network for Renewable Energy Technology Businesses(ST8372-1)

Long Island Forum for Technology, Inc

Background

Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) is one of ten Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDC) in New York and one of more than seventy such organizations in every state of the union, networked together through the Department of Commerce to increase competitiveness of United States business. LIFT manages two small incubators, is a member of the Long Island Regional Incubator Council and works with the Long Island High Technology Incubator at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook. For 25 years LIFT has networked with economic development organizations across the state, especially the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a group of ten organizations that make manufacturers across New York competitive by providing consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. LIFT also currently hosts and manages the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition.

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Project Description

The goal of the project was to develop an informational website that caters to existing and potential renewable energy businesses, including existing businesses that are not currently renewable based. This project helped broaden an existing network into a statewide network of incubator resources available to emerging firms in the renewable energy industry. It did so by creating a Web based community of firms and assistance providers working towards increasing the number of New York State firms successfully competing in the renewable energy market. A Web based approach may encourage early stage participants, whose resources may be limited, to exchange information with researchers, information sources, larger companies, and other solution developers across the state and, if appropriate, around the world.

Benefits

This three year effort resulted in a website with more than 300 member companies and 30 individual members. In September of 2007, there were more than 2,500 unique visitors to the site, which is more than five times the number the site attracted in its first four months.

Project Results

The project: 1) Developed an informational website with the capability for automated data collection; 2) Compiled and posted existing information regarding assistance and resources available to renewable energy businesses, including: services and space at New York State's existing and planned incubators; assistance and funds available from investment/funding sources; entrepreneurial assistance, and research/grant information; 3) Developed a database of renewable energy entrepreneurs and companies using the website; 4) Interviewed successful renewable companies to obtain success stories for use as a tool for exciting website interest and participation; 5) Built and tested a business model that could sustain long term support for the website; and, 6) Analyzed the benefits.

Contractor

Long Island Forum for Technology, Inc
111 W Main St
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Principle Investigator

Andria Adler

Universities Involved

Technologies

Project Type:

Business Development


Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld
JJ1@nyserda.ny.gov

Program

R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST8372-1




Last Updated: 3/25/2014