Clean Energy Incubators

NYSERDA supports six clean energy business incubators strategically located from Buffalo to Long Island for easy access to market, talent and commercialization support. In just over seven years, 146 clients and graduates of these six incubators have raised more than $247 million in private capital while creating more than 1,000 jobs and bringing dozens of new products to market.

Incubators affiliated with world-class academic institutions and venture development organizations provide clients and graduates with connections to investors and development partners as well as access to networks of mentors and service providers. Clients benefit from networking events, workshops and skills enhancement boot camps, and share experiences, challenges, solutions and contacts with fellow entrepreneurs. Most incubators offer low-cost physical office and work space as well as virtual services.

ACRE at NYU Tandon School of EngineeringLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in New York City
ACRE is New York City's premier cleantech incubator housed at the Urban Future Lab. ACRE helps cleantech, smart grid, and sustainable smart cities companies grow, advancing the city as a role model for a low-carbon future while creating jobs. New York City stands to gain significantly by helping innovative startup technology companies that are able to address our most pressing energy and environmental needs.

CEBIP at Stony Brook UniversityLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in Long Island
The Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) provides assistance and resources for developers of disruptive renewable and clean energy technologies. Bringing an innovation to market can be a difficult process that requires technical and business guidance, successful acquisition of funding, and maintaining a competitive advantage. By mentoring entrepreneurs, CEBIP helps establish successful enterprises bring their technologies to market.

Clean Tech Center at The Tech GardenLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in Central New York
The Clean Tech Center at The Tech Garden in Syracuse supports companies commercializing environmental and clean energy technologies. As part of an independent business leadership organization and chamber of commerce, Clean Tech Center companies have access to an extensive network of regional resources.

Directed Energy at University at BuffaloLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in Western New York
Directed Energy facilitates the emergence and growth of an alternative energy technology and business cluster in Western New York. This virtual incubator program, managed by the University at Buffalo, brings together a broad range of technology and business assets in the region. It supports early stage companies developing products that utilize alternative energy and deploy traditional sources of energy more efficiently. Directed Energy accelerates the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies in Western New York.

iClean at SUNY Polytechnic InstituteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in the Capital Region
iClean serves emerging companies developing clean energy technologies enabled by nanotechnology. Sectors include advanced photovoltaics, biomass, energy efficiency, energy storage, environmental sensors, smart grid, wind and more. iClean offers budding and seasoned entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators the highest levels of incubation and commercialization assistance, including access to world-class facilities and equipment, prototyping and advanced development capabilities, manufacturing and training expertise, along with executive mentoring and entrepreneurship education and outreach programs.

Venture Creations at Rochester Institute of TechnologyLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. in the Finger Lakes
Venture Creations serves companies developing a wide range of clean energy technologies, including wind, solar, biofuels, fuel cells, battery technology, smart grid, energy harvesting and more. Venture Creations provides a full suite of customized incubation services to clients, facilitating the development and growth of these companies. It also promotes economic development and competitiveness in Monroe County and New York State by encouraging and facilitating the transfer of technology resources to the marketplace.

For more information on these programs and services and how to apply to them, entrepreneurs and early-stage companies should contact the incubators directly.

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Incubators solicitation is seeking proposals to catalyze the continued development and growth of a vibrant, self-sustaining clean energy innovation ecosystem in New York State by supporting clean energy business incubators. Through this new solicitation, NYSERDA is evolving its current clean energy incubator program by making additional funding available across New York State.