PON 2537 Proof-of-Concept Center Initiative


The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is interested in establishing one or more Proof-of-Concept Centers (POCC) in New York State. The POCC Initiative is built on the understanding that scalable startup companies are engines of both technology commercialization and economic growth; universities in New York are conducting a significant amount of energy-related R&D; the transition of the R&D to scalable business startups happens infrequently; changes in university-ecosystem engagement can increase the rate of startup formation and the likelihood of startup success; and, there is a key gap at the “Proof-of-Concept” stage of product development. The goal of the program is to provide early-stage investments and services to enable the development and validation of promising clean energy technologies that are, or will become, the platform for start-up companies located in New York State.


  • PON 2537 Proof-of-Concept Center Initiative Informational Webinar [2MB|PPT]
  • PON 2537 Proof-of-Concept Center Initiative Informational Webinar Question and Answers [PDF]

Associated Documents

  • Summary [PDF]
  • All Documents (with all attachments) [PDF]
  • Attachment A - Application Checklist [PDF]
  • Attachment A-1 - Acceptance of Standard Terms and Conditions [PDF]
  • Attachment B - Disclosure of Prior Findings of Non-responsibility [PDF]
  • Attachment C - Intent to Propose [PDF]
  • Attachment D - Sample Agreement [PDF]
  • Proof of Concept Center Initiative Contact List [PDF]