Key February Finds For Climate Innovators


For ClimateTech’s monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming opportunities for climate innovators, thought leaders, and community connectors.

The Results Are In On “What’s the Consensus”!

Last month we introduced, “What’s the Consensus?” where we pose a single question to our audience and share the responses in the following month’s newsletter. Our hope is to uncover insight worthy of more coverage and conversation.

Drum roll please…. The consensus on
the hardest part of being a startup is… a TIE! People say it’s “Getting started” and “Fundraising / Pitching to Investors”.  Here’s the breakdown:

What's the Consensus #1

Community Opportunities

Find Funding

Venture For ClimateTech is offering up to $100K in non-dilutive funding to applicants accepted into Cohort 2 of the program. Learn more about the program and apply here!

Scale For ClimateTech is now offering up to $45K in project-matched funding for manufacturing products addressing climate change. We aim to help you achieve your next critical milestone such as completing a Design For Manufacturability (DFM) analysis, or identify your supply chain to produce that next-gen part. Learn more and start your application today.

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Competition deadline has been extended to March 15, 2022. The XTC HBCU Competition is for Black and/or HBCU owned startups and founders, and offers  $90K in total awards. Learn more and apply here.

The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award has extended its deadline to March 7, 2022. Awardees receive a $25K non-recourse grant, which comes with 12 months of business mentorship. Learn more and apply here

FORGE’s Product Development Grant (FPDG) is offering a range of awards between $5K to $25Kof non-dilutive funding to startups supporting the development of a physical product. This Supply Chain Disruption offering is dedicated specifically to remedying the effects of global supply chain disruptions on cleantech-oriented startup companies. Learn more and apply here.



Applications for Cohort 2 of Venture For ClimateTech are closing at the end of business, March 4, 2022! This is a great opportunity for startups working on climate solutions in need of mentorship and funding. Startups invited into the program are provided with up to $100K in non-dilutive funding, educational programming, and the mentorship needed to get highly impactful solutions to market. All without taking any equity in the company.

Let us connect the dots

Learn more and get your application in through the link below before the close-of-business March 4, 2022.

You’re invited to the SBIR/STTR Workshop: Application Process & Funding Options for Startups

Join Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark, LLC, for this virtual workshop providing insights into the SBIR and STTR application processes and how to find other non-dilutive funding sources. During the workshop, Macolini will discuss and answer questions regarding:

  • Writing and submitting successful SBIR/STTR proposals
  • Locating additional non-dilutive funding sources
  • Applying to the SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which can help eligible companies, based in upstate New York, hire a qualified grant writing consultant to help them develop a proposal.

The event is free and open to the public. Upon registering, participants will receive access to the SBIR/STTR video series, a set of short videos containing valuable background information. Attendees are encouraged to view the videos prior to the workshop.

Register now to secure your spot:

Pipeline Partner Opportunities

Apply to Year 2 of the Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative

C2V is seeking groundbreaking carbontech startups between Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4 and TRL 7 that are developing scalable solutions that capture carbon and/or incorporate captured carbon as a major input for valorization.

Selected startups will each receive access to:

  •  $10,000 in non-dilutive funding

  • Fluor’s wide range of expert mentors

  • C2V’s Carbontech Leadership Council

  • C2V’s extended network of startup alumni, investors, and ecosystem supporters 

Learn more about the program and apply here.

Join REV: Ithaca Startup Work’s Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator!

REV offers a deep dive into prototyping through its 11-week Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, which leads product teams through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible.

Sign up for an informational session on March 10, 2022 here.

Or head to REV’s page to learn more.

Apply to the Transit Tech Lab 

If you are a growth-stage company that hasdeveloped cutting-edge technology products that can improve New York City’s public transit system, the Transit Tech Lab could be right for you. Companies will gain exposure to four leading transit agencies: MTA, NJ Transit, Port Authority, NYC Department of Transportation.

Applications are due March 25, 2022: Apply here

RESPOND by the BMW Foundation is Now Accepting Applications

RESPOND’s focus lies on tech startups with sustainable business models. It is recruiting start up companies focused on: 

  • Responsible use of resources

  • Fair and sustainable production & consumption

  • Healthy and resilient ecosystems

How will you RESPOND? Learn more and apply here.

Are You a Climate Tech Startup Preparing to Raise a Seed Round? 

The VentureWell ASPIRE program is designed to help startups pinpoint fundraising needs and develop the deal room materials you need to back up your ask!

If you’re aiming to commercialize an innovation that will create a positive environmental impact, apply for ASPIRE! Sign up for an info session to learn more!

Deadline to apply is March 28! Learn more here.

Program Updates

Venture For ClimateTech's Newest Team Member

Scott Meyers

Scott Meyers
Program Manager

Scott recently joined the Venture For ClimateTech team as the new Program Manager. Previously he worked as a Subcontractor Coordinator for Dandelion Energy, a Residential Geothermal Heat Pump Installer based in the Hudson Valley. He has also worked in Solar Energy as a Community Organizer for a solar B-corp, SunCommon. After graduating college he served in Americorps NCCC as a Team Leader, where his team worked in frontline communities all across the country.

Scott grew up in Leroy, NY, graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2017, and currently resides in Rochester, NY. He is very active in the Rochester community where he co-founded The Rochester Sunrise Movement hub —  a local climate justice activist organization.

Connect with Scott on LinkedIn

Scale For ClimateTech is Seeking a Senior Associate

We are looking for a full-time Senior Associate to support our NYC based Technology and Manufacturing Programs team. The team is responsible for delivering programs in the United States for government, philanthropic and corporate clients. Support the successful execution, growth and strategy of SecondMuse’s current New York statewide Scale for ClimateTech program in partnership with NextCorps, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).