NYSERDA Supports Business and Technology Growth Essentials

The Path to Commercialization: Growth Essentials, Technology Readiness, Business Growth

There are four Growth Essentials on the Path to Commercialization, Capital; Talent; Market, Technology and Manufacturing; and Network. Each is critical to your success in clean energy innovation. And each is supported by specific NYSERDA program offerings.

Capital Insert GraphicGrowth Essential: Capital

We support programs that help you navigate the funding challenge, learn to identify funding sources appropriate to each stage in your company’s growth and find out what you need to do to secure financial backing.

You can always explore the NYSERDA Funding Opportunities currently available.

Talent Insert GraphicGrowth Essential: Talent

The Cleantech Executives program creates a transition path aimed at introducing experienced executives and entrepreneurs to opportunities in the clean energy industry in New York State. Program graduates get connected to early-stage clean energy technology companies or business opportunities, fostering statewide cleantech growth in jobs and revenue.

  • Executed by New York University School of Professional Studies, ACRE's Clean Start Program is the first of its kind in NYC for professionals who want to transition to the clean energy sector. View the Clean Start Program Flyer [PDF]
  • Executed by Skidmore College, the New York Executive Clean Energy Leadership ProgramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (NY EXCEL) - competitively selects entrepreneurs and executives to learn about the markets, financing models, permitting requirements, technology solutions, and other unique aspects of the cleantech industry. NY EXCEL helps participants build networks and provides direct, one-on-one mentoring, ultimately resulting in new cleantech businesses in New York State poised for success. View the NY EXCEL Flyer 

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Transforming Entrepreneurial Innovation Into Business Success

By connecting early-stage technology companies with experienced entrepreneur mentors, NYSERDA’s Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Program is helping these startups accelerate their business in the cleantech economy. (Read more)

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program

Seasoned executives share experience, skills and acquired knowledge with early-stage companies. EIRs guide early-stage companies through specific projects and issues, such as staffing for growth, budget management, resource planning, strategic partnering and board management. An EIR has a strong background in executive-level management at technology-based companies.

The EIR program is facilitated and managed by High Tech RochesterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for companies receiving NYSERDA funding or participating in other NYSERDA programs. High Tech Rochester works with each company to understand its specific needs and provides a pool of qualified EIRs who can help.

Clean Energy Incubators

Incubators strategically located across the State can help you with a wide range of services to help you achieve key milestones and accelerate your time to maket. Read more

Market Technology and Manufacturing Insert GraphicGrowth Essentials: Market, Technology and Manufacturing

NYSERDA has a core capability in technology and product development across energy sectors. Through a variety of program offerings, NYSERDA can help you develop your technology from bench scale through commercialization. We support the industry-led New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST™), the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, the Lighting Research Center, Proof-of-Concept Centers, Technology Testing Centers for photovoltaics and small wind turbine blades, and five Energy Frontier Research Centers. We can also help you access the resources of New York’s Economic and Regional Development Centers (REDC’s).

  • NY-Best
    The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST™) Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is an industry-led coalition working to build and promote a vibrant, world-class, advanced battery and energy storage sector in New York State. New York State and NY-BEST are aggressively building an energy storage industry with corporate, academic and federal partners.
  • New York State Smart Grid Consortium
    The New York State SmartGrid Consortium Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. represents a key public-private partnership to promote broad statewide implementation of the smart grid. It is the only organization of its scale in the U.S. that is committed to representing all major contributors across the energy value chain, including utilities, markets, operators, industry, academia, government and end-users.
  • Lighting Research Center
    The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is the world's leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting—from technologies to applications and energy use and from design to health and vision.
  • Proof-of-Concept Centers
    NYSERDA funds Proof-of-Concept Centers to move promising inventions out of the lab and into the market, focusing on the creation of viable new start-up companies. Proof-of-Concept Centers identify clean energy technologies that are most likely to spawn successful new businesses, drawing from the innovations in their final stages of development at world-class research facilities across the State. Clients receive mentoring and resources to validate their technology and take the next step to commercialization—creating a start-up company in an incubator or other location.
    Proof-of-Concept Centers include Columbia University in the city of New York, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and High Tech Rochester.
  • Technology Testing Centers
    Rigorous, real-life testing scenarios that measure safety, performance, reliability, durability, and longevity of clean energy products are essential to bringing innovative products to market. Intertek created two such centers to provide these services in New York State—they are among the first facilities of their kind in the nation. These centers provide buyers of wind and solar products with reliable, third-party safety and performance verification for small wind and PV systems. At the same time, sellers of renewable energy products can demonstrate compliance to regulatory requirements and incentive program requirements. NYSERDA supported Intertek and a consortium of partners to establish the first photovoltaic solar testing labLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. on the East Coast in Cortland, NY and a one-of-a-kind wind turbine blade test facilityLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in Potsdam, NY at Clarkson University.

Developing Innovative Technologies Puts You On a Path; NYSERDA Keeps You On Track.

New York State and New York State assets, including NYSERDA, lead the way in supporting innovative businesses and promoting sustainable technologies. With $600 million in annual NYSERDA program funding to advance energy and efficient technologies, New York State is ranked:

  • 3rd in the United States for high tech employment.1
  • 2nd in the United States for number of cleantech patents.1
  • 4th in the United States for number of cleantech companies (270).1
  • 2nd in the United States for size of its electric and gas efficiency program budget.1
  • 1st on the East Coast in renewable energy consumption.

1) Source: “New York State Clean Energy Technologies Innovation Metrics 2012” May 2013.

New York State Economic and Regional Development Centers (REDC’s)

NYSTAR’s Regional Technology Development Center Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is a network of 10 independent, not-for-profit organizations committed to providing direct, strategic assistance to companies in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, product development and high-tech business incubator management. Two other organizations ready to help New York State clean energy businesses succeed are Empire State Development Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and New York First Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Network Insert GraphicGrowth Essential: Network

NYSERDA supports cleantech business development and networking events, throughout the year, across the State. Through these formal and informal networks, you become a vital part of New York State's vibrant cleantech innovation community and engage opportunities for funding, partnerships and acquisitions, market development and more.