Clean-Tech Entrepreneurs Gather at the New York Academy of Sciences

The entrepreneurs are presenting ideas for clean-tech business ventures and vying for a $150,000 grant.

Today, entrepreneurs in the areas of energy and innovation are convening at the New York Academy of Sciences to pitch their ideas for clean-tech business ventures to a panel of judges from organizations such as ConEd, Lockheed Martin, National Grid, Philips Research, GE Research, and more.

The entrepreneurs are part of the final round of judging for PowerBridgeNY; they are vying for $150,000 validation grants to make their proposals, which range from the development of highly efficient compact power converters to decorative concrete made from recycled waste, a reality. PowerBridgeNY is a clean energy proof-of-concept center (POCC) created by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in January 2013 when it awarded three separate $5 million grants to institutions in New York State to create POCCs. PowerBridgeNY is the result of a collaboration of two of the awardee teams, led by Columbia University and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

PowerBridgeNY is dedicated to helping inventors and scientists turn their high-tech, clean energy ideas into successful businesses. The New York Academy of Sciences serves in an advisory capacity for the POCCs, providing strategic guidance, as well as leading an Advisory Board comprised of experts in the areas of energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

About the New York Academy of Sciences
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The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org