Columbia University

Technology Ventures

PowerBridgeNY Cycle 5 Pitch Day

March 06, 2018
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center 40th Flr
250 Greenwich St, New York NY


Top researchers compete for $150,000 grants to advance their  cleantech ideas. Join us and get a firsthand look at cutting-edge cleantech innovation in New York. 

See the applicants of Cycle 5 do their final pitch in front of a panel of cleantech experts. Awardees will receive up to $150,000 in funding to build their prototype and conduct in-field testing.  

About PowerBridgeNY
With $10M in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), PowerBridgeNY’s mission is to turn cleantech innovations from the academic research labs of our six partner institutions into strong, cleantech businesses in New York State. We do this by offering teams up to $150K to conduct 100 Customer Discovery interviews and develop a prototype or conduct in-field testing to move the technology closer to commercialization via a startup (preferable) or license. During the program, we host a series of events and monthly check-ins using the NSF I-Corps/Lean LaunchPad Methodology as well as subsidize the cost of necessary services, provide industry Mentors, and arrange pro bono office hours with experts in law, finance, grant writing, and more.
PowerBridgeNY is two separate proof-of-concept centers (POCC), both funded by NYSERDA, collaborating as one program. One POCC is led by Columbia University and includes Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell Tech, and Stony Brook University. The other POCC is led by the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University and includes the City University of New York.