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Nexus $6M, NYSERDA sponsored technology commercialization initiative

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NEXUS-NY - a $6M, NYSERDA sponsored technology commercialization initiativeInboxx Hayden BrainardNov 19 (2 days ago)

FYI – I suspect you have heard about this great opportunity!


From: Sam Ticknor [

Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:04 AM


Subject: NEXUS-NY - a $6M, NYSERDA sponsored technology commercialization initiative


Dear UVANY Members,


Below and attached please find information on NEXUS-NY — a new, five year, $6M, NY State-wide initiative sponsored by NYSERDA.


The program offers researchers the opportunity to assess the commercial potential of their inventions.


More specifically, NEXUS-NY will provide resources for early stage technology teams, including:

• Commercialization grants up to $50,000 or more per technology team

• A 12-week program which allows participants to learn and implement

“lean start-up” methods

• Assistance from experienced business mentors and advisors


Other Program Elements include:

• Program participants will have the chance to develop, polish and “pitch” their business plans to qualified seed-stage investors.

• Excell Partners, a NY State supported seed fund, has committed to provide up to $150,000 annually to one or more companies emerging from NEXUS-NY (subject to availability of funds).


The initial RFP is expected to open on 11/25/2013 with proposals due by 12/15/2013.


More information is available at  where you can find a Fact Sheet, a draft application plus a FAQ Sheet which should fill in many of the holes.


For more detailed information on this program, contact Doug Buerkle at the coordinates below or go to


Doug Buerkle

Executive Director, NEXUS-NY

New Energy Xcelerator in UpState NY

A NYSERDA Proof-of-Concept Center at High Tech Rochester

150 Lucius Gordon Drive, Suite 100 | West Henrietta, NY  14586

P: 585.214.2417 | C: 585-797-9684 | F: 585-272-0054 |





Sam Ticknor


Sam Ticknor

Executive Director, UVANY