Scale for ClimateTech (S4C) announces its 5th Cohort, advancing its mission of supporting growth-stage companies in scaling their climate tech hardware innovations.

The manufacturing-focused program will support eighteen climate tech innovators in commercializing clean technologies and solutions

NEW YORK – MARCH 28, 2024 – Scale For ClimateTech (S4C), a program administered by SecondMuse and NextCorps proudly announces the launch of its 5th Cohort. Scalable hardware companies are the engines of technology commercialization, job creation, and economic growth in New York State, yet in many cases, these promising companies encounter challenges navigating the complexities of manufacturing and bringing physical products to market. S4C, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) focuses on helping climate technology (climate tech) companies reduce barriers to successfully produce products by overcoming manufacturing challenges while advancing New York State’s climate and clean energy goals and stimulating job growth in the manufacturing sector.

The eighteen innovators joining the 2024 Cohort 5 are: Voltpost, Celadyne Technologies Inc, TK Fabricate, AeroShield Materials, Inc., MicroEra Power, Inc., Carbon To Stone, Swobbee GmbH, 1S1 ENERGY, INC., Floe Inc, Mitico, Volexion, Inc., CarbonBridge Inc., Cancrie Inc, Kit Switch, Vycarb, Clean Crop TechnologiesREPWR, and GenH.

Throughout the S4C program, each innovator will receive specialized assistance tailored to guide them through their manufacturing journey. This support encompasses technical assistance, from the prototype phase to manufacturing development. Additionally, participants will receive educational resources to aid in navigating time-sensitive critical decisions throughout the manufacturing process. The program will also provide the innovators direct access to a dedicated supplier network within New York State, fostering local collaborations and resource utilization.  

Shai Fogelson, Interim Director at Scale For ClimateTech shares, “We’re thrilled about the latest iteration of the S4C program. The innovators chosen for the 2023-24 Cohort have shown their dedication to driving meaningful change in reducing GHG emissions. As we join forces with our cohort, advisory board members, and subject matter experts, we anticipate groundbreaking advancements that will bolster New York State, and more broadly, global efforts in tackling climate challenges.” 

Successful past innovators supported by S4C include Urban Energy, a New York City-based startup that joined Scale For ClimateTech in 2020 to advance a modular solar canopy system, which installs solar panels on a diverse array of rooftops in an urban environment. Originally envisioning a steel-based design for the product offering, the company, guided by its accountability board, adapted, and shifted to aluminum. This change not only resulted in a lighter product but an easier installation. By program completion, the company had begun the setup and planning stage for 29 building installations. 

Richard Bourgeois, Program Manager for Technology to Market, NYSERDA said,

“Scale For ClimateTech connects innovative companies with the manufacturing resources and expert guidance they need to bring the latest climate tech products and solutions to market. This program is a key component of NYSERDA’s efforts to help companies overcome commercialization challenges and successfully grow their business as part of New York’s green economy.”

To learn more about the S4C cohort, visit

https://forclimatetech.org/scale-for-climatetech/.

 

About For ClimateTech 

The For ClimateTech initiative, which includes Venture For ClimateTech and Scale For ClimateTech, is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and is administered by non-profit entrepreneurship catalyst NextCorps and impact innovation company SecondMuse. The goal of For ClimateTech initiatives is to accelerate innovations likely to have substantial climate impacts for all, and limit greenhouse gas emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2030, as established by The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of New York State.

In 2023, Scale For ClimateTech released its impact report, detailing the manufacturing support provided to more than 69 climate tech companies across four cohorts on their journey toward commercialization. 

About SecondMuse 

SecondMuse is an impact and innovation company that works with communities focused on climate, equity, and tech to create solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. We connect innovators, entrepreneurs, private/public sectors, and community resources to develop market-driven solutions that transform systems. In essence, we bring communities together to build economies that benefit people and protect the planet. Over the last 15 years, SecondMuse has focused its efforts on creating solutions for the climate, equity, and tech sectors. We have reached over 160 countries and territories and prototyped over 11,000 ideas for innovative solutions that build and shape systems to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about SecondMuse, visit https://www.secondmuse.com/.   

About NextCorps 

NextCorps is a non-profit helping innovative technology companies launch and grow. It supports tech startups and existing manufacturers in building their businesses through a variety of internationally and nationally recognized programs. In addition to its sector-specific startup accelerator programs in optics/photonics/imaging, climate tech, and B2B SaaS, NextCorps also operates a state-of-the-art tech incubator in Rochester, NY, in the heart of the Downtown Innovation Zone, as well as manufacturing specific programs to help grow existing small and mid-sized businesses. NextCorps is an affiliate of the University of Rochester. Visit www.NextCorps.org to learn more.