Opportunities to Get More Green this Spring


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”!

Every month we pose a single question to our audience and share the responses in the following newsletter. Our hope is to uncover insights worthy of more coverage and conversation.

This month’s consensus on “I’d go back to working in the office full time if…” is Never with 35.7% of the vote. The data suggest it might be time for all of us to invest in a new pair of sweatpants. Here’s the breakdown:

What's the Consensus Graph #2

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) Announce $3 Million Available for Round 2 of The Future Grid Challenge

Round 2 of the Future Grid Challenge will support pilot projects for transmission line sensors with predictive capabilities in the Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca, and Binghamton areas. NYSERDA and Avangrid’s subsidiaries, NYSEG & RG&E, seek to collaborate with solution providers to pilot advanced transmission line rating and monitoring solutions.

Learn how to apply here.

Elemental Excelerator is recruiting for Cohort 11!

Application deadline: April 8, 2022

Join a community of entrepreneurs and change -makers working at the intersection of climate change and social inequity. Applications are open for two tracks; The Strategy track offers $300,000 in funding and coaching to help companies strengthen core growth strategies and the Project track offers $600,000 of funding to help buy down the risk of deploying a commercial project alongside customers and community partners. 

Learn more and apply here

The Global NY Fund Grant Program
is providing grants of up to $25,000 to help companies start exporting or increase their global exports.
The grant is for New York State companies and non-profit organizations seeking to create or expand direct exports. 

Learn more and apply here.

The Real-Time Energy Monitoring (RTEM) Hackathon is offering up to $55,000 in awards.
Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Ideal submissions are use cases that positively impact or accelerate the electrification and decarbonization of New York State commercial and multi-family buildings. 

Learn more and apply here:


Circular Cities ClimAccelerator is accepting applications for startups driving the transition of cities.
Deadline: April 10, 2022

Circular Cities offers up to 18,000 € in grants for startups combined with a customized program curriculum focused on circular economies and climate impact. The program connects startups with its community including investors, partner cities, corporates, and ecosystem partners. The program will be run virtually, free of charge.

Learn more and apply here:

IFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year will be awarding one grand prize winner with a $100,000 equity investment.
Deadline: June 8, 2022

IFundWomen is looking for extraordinary women entrepreneurs who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses.

One grand prize winner will be rewarded with a $100,000 equity investment, access to premium educational resources, and announced as the “best and brightest of 2022” through IFundWomen’s press and social media channels.

Learn more and apply here.

Innovator Spotlights

Six For ClimateTech Teams Head to the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum

The National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) announced the 40 presenting teams selected to pitch at the 2022 Industry Growth Forum, narrowed down  from 157 global applicants. Six of those 40 (15%) teams were from our very own Venture (V4C) and Scale For ClimateTech  (S4C) cohorts! A huge congratulations to the following teams!

VoltPost | V4C Cohort | Early Stage Track
Transforms lamp posts into smart electric vehicle charging stations managed by a mobile application, accelerating electric vehicle adoption and decarbonization by providing cities scalable curbside charging for drivers (Brooklyn, NY).

Polaris Renewables | V4C Cohort |  Early Stage Track
Fully renewable non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs) to replace current commercial polyurethanes used in foams, coatings, and adhesives in footwear, fabrics, and outdoor gear (Potsdam, NY).

3E Nano | S4C Cohort | Early Stage Track
High performance thermally and optically smart, nano-thin, Solar/Energy Control coatings (Kitchener, Canada).

Pulsenics | S4C Cohort | Commercial Stage Track
Suite of hardware and software technology to monitor and reveal sources of performance loss for technologies that employ electrochemical stacks in real time, such as green hydrogen production and energy storage (Toronto, Canada).

Heat Inverse | S4C Cohort | Emerging Markets Track
Durable metamaterials that cool passively and increase the efficiency of systems, like refrigerated trucking, high-power electronics, power generation and storage, buildings, and transportation (Ithaca, New York). 

Soraytec | S4C Cohort | Emerging Markets Track
Disruptive high frequency IoT smart meter, which can be directly installed at the (medium voltage) power line, allowing for real-time data streaming and waveform extraction without the need of an instrument transformer (Skien, Norway).

Each team will pitch to investors on its prospective tracks at the NREL Industry Growth Forum in Denver, Colorado April 13-14, 2022. To learn more about the Industry Growth Forum or the presenters, check out the event page here.

For ClimateTech Features and Wins!

Ecolectro Receives $4.5 Million in Funding Round to Accelerate the Green Hydrogen Transition

Ecolectro will use the funding to further develop and commercialize its alkaline exchange ionomers and membranes.

“We were thrilled at the extraordinary level of interest in this funding round. It shows that investors understand the impact our technology will have on scaling green hydrogen profitably,” said Gabriel Rodriguez, CEO, Ecolectro.

The round was led by Starshot Capital with institutional investment from Toyota Ventures, Techstars, Caygan Capital (through its founder Narushisa Nakagawa), Energy Revolution Ventures, and others. 

Read the full announcement here.

Mars Materials Announces Exclusive License and Technology Partnership with NREL

Mars Materials announced a technology partnership with NREL for an exclusive license to use NREL’s renewable acrylonitrile (ACN) technology in producing carbon-negative polyacrylamide flocculants for commercial use. Flocculants are used in public water systems to remove sediments from drinking water and have been mostly petroleum-based until now. 

In addition to benefiting the environment through the use of renewable feedstocks, the renewable nitrilation process also delivers higher yields and is safer and more energy efficient than methods used to produce petrochemical-based acrylamide.

Read more…

Tinia Pina of Re-Nuble is Featured in Authority Magazine on The Future of Modern American Farming

As a part of The Future Of Modern American Farming Series by Authority Magazine, Tinia Pina, the Founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, was invited to sit down and share her insights and work on sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture, and climate-smart agriculture.

Read the full story here.


Senior Associate for Scale For ClimateTech, Ryan Jones, Highlighted by the International Hult Business School

Read about Ryan Jones and his work as a Senior Associate for Scale For ClimateTech at SecondMuse and about his own site ClimateForBreakfast.com, in the Hult Business School Alumni News. 

Read the full feature here.

Pipeline Partner Opportunities

  • Third Derivative has opened applications for its next cohort of climate tech startups.
    Deadline: April 12, 2022
  • The AWS Sustainable Cities Accelerator is looking for mature startups working on solutions for mobility and transportation. Deadline: April 15, 2022
  • The Cleantech Open Accelerator is looking for early-stage cleantech startups to join its next cohort. Deadline: April 17, 2022
  • The ClimateLaunchpad pre-accelerator is accepting applications for cleantech entrepreneurs. Ideas can still be on the back of a napkin or you can already have a fully-fledged company. Deadline: April 22, 2022
  • Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative is looking for carbontech startups between Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4 and TRL 7.
    Deadline: April 29, 2022
  • REV: Ithaca Startup Works is recruiting for its 11-week Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator. Deadline: Rolling applications
  • Launch Alaska is looking for companies that are solving problems related to energy, transportation, and industry for its 2022 Tech Deployment Track. Deadline: May 15, 2022

Careers In Climate

  • SecondMuse is hiring a Senior Associate to oversee execution of manufacturing project funding (MEIR) for products addressing climate change.
    Learn more and apply here.

  • For ClimateTech is hiring a Summer Creative Content Intern to help with developing visual narratives on the climate innovations underway by cohort companies in  Venture and Scale for ClimateTech. Learn more and apply here.

  • Nuravine is looking to hire one or more people to help with sales, marketing, business development and grant writing. Reach out to Alex at alex@nuravine.com to apply.

Program Updates

Meet Scale For ClimateTech’s Newest Team Member

Kris L

Kris Licciardello
S4C Program Manager

As Program Manager, Kris will be providing execution and strategy support for the program by overseeing the design, development, implementation and external communications of the program, as well as management of internal stakeholders including partners, manufacturing relationships, and the advisory board.

Prior to joining SecondMuse, Kris ran business education programming for entrepreneurs through the NYC Department of Small Business Services. She is excited to learn more about the needs of startups in the climate and manufacturing industries, and  how to assist them.

Outside of work, Kris is an avid board game player and loves to read, with her favorite book being Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. She has also recently gotten into bikepacking.

Connect with Kris on LinkedIn