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Accelerate Your ClimateTech Manufacturing

If you are a ClimateTech innovator paving the way to a more sustainable future, Scale For ClimateTech can push your product over the finish line and get it to market faster.

We provide technical support throughout the manufacturing process so that founders have confidence in their path to market, make fewer mistakes, and are able to scale up production to meet demand. From early design for manufacturing (DFM) and prototype refinement, to negotiating partner and supplier agreements and managing logistics, Scale For ClimateTech is dedicated to helping you navigate time-sensitive, critical decisions throughout the full manufacturing process.

Why Scale For ClimateTech?

Scale For ClimateTech is run by organizations with years of collective experience working with growth-stage ClimateTech hardware innovators — NextCorps in Rochester, New York and SecondMuse in NYC. Since 2018, we have helped more than 30 teams refine their design, complete third-party testing and certification, fulfill first orders, secure strategic partnerships, and get ClimateTech products to market faster.

Support from Prototype to Mass Production

Finalize your next product iteration into a stable, reproducible design that’s ready for manufacturing.

Refine Your Design

Finalize your next product iteration into a stable, reproducible design that’s ready for manufacturing.
Build a roadmap that will help you achieve the necessary milestones to de-risk and move to the next Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL).

Improve Your Manufacturing Plan

Build a roadmap that will help you achieve the necessary milestones to de-risk and move to the next Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL).
Work alongside peers and a dedicated support team — including mentors, investors, and experts in the field — who can help you overcome obstacles in scaling your business.

Resolve Challenges

Work alongside peers and a dedicated support team — including mentors, investors, and experts in the field — who can help you overcome obstacles in scaling your business.
Select from vetted designers, manufacturers, contractors, and material suppliers that are committed to working with ClimateTech innovators.

Find the Right Partners

Select from vetted designers, manufacturers, contractors, and material suppliers that are committed to working with ClimateTech innovators.
Prepare your inventory, distribution, quality assurance, logistics, and fulfillment plans to deliver high-quality products, on time.

Deliver to Happy Customers

Prepare your inventory, distribution, quality assurance, logistics, and fulfillment plans to deliver high-quality products, on time.
Develop short- and long-term plans to sustain the quality, reliability, and financial growth of your company.

Scale Up Production

Develop short- and long-term plans to sustain the quality, reliability, and financial growth of your company.

Program Structure

Prior to cohort kick-off, applicants will attend virtual instructional workshops that give them a preview of the program before they commit to participating.

During the program, participating innovators will:

Develop a roadmap for creating manufacturing capabilities, based on the Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) standard.

Attend educational sessions to help strengthen all aspects of business.

Work with dedicated mentors to review plans and design files, identify potential risks to manufacturing, and get advice on next steps.

Check in with an Accountability Board to ensure you’re on the right track.

Connect with potential strategic partners and investors to make commercializing your technology a reality.

Develop Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) metrics to understand how your product will contribute to climate action.

Receive support from other entrepreneurs and founders in the cohort to grow your own expertise.

Key Program Dates

Cohort 4

July, 2021
Application period opens

September, 2021
Application period closes, cohort selection and notification

November, 2021
Program begins

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Scale For ClimateTech Team

Board of Advisors (Upstate)

Frank-Gayle
Frank is the Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ...

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Erica Iannotti
Erica is a tech to market advisor and project manager at NYSERDA. She began her career at GE in technical ...

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Michael Lightman
Mike has played the role of entrepreneur, investor, incubator director, and startup program developer. He has worked with companies that ...

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James LoGerfo
Jim has been working with energy and environmental technology companies for nearly two decades as an investor, advisor, board member, ...

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Theresa-Mazzullo
Theresa is the CEO of Excell Partners. In her role as CEO, her duties include governance, compliance, reporting, community integration, ...

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Dan O'Connell
Daniel is Site Manager of Rochester operations for Plug power. He oversees Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). Daniel was previously the ...

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Dan Radomski
Dan is currently the Director of the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers ...

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Jason Salfi
Jason is CEO of solar fuel company Dimensional Energy, a startup focused on building photothermal reactors that convert waste carbon ...

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James-Senall
Jim is President of NextCorps, where he leads the organization in creating entrepreneurship and innovation-based regional growth. During his tenure ...

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Daniel Vaughn
Dan is the Manager of External Technology Collaborations and Intellectual Assets at Corning. Prior to working for Corning, Dan worked ...

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Board of Advisors (Downstate)

Annette-Brenner
Annette is Client Development Manager at NextCorps, where she identifies and develops new clients and projects and promotes NextCorps’ manufacturing ...

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Miquela Craytor
Miquela is executive director of the Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council at New York City’s SBS. Previously, she was the ...

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Noel Goddard
Noel is a principal at Accelerate NY Seed Fund. She was previously the Chief Technology Officer for the biotech company ...

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Erica Iannotti
Erica is a tech to market advisor and project manager at NYSERDA. She began her career at GE in technical ...

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Jessie Lam
Jessie brings over 14 years of experience in financial operations and risk management, with a focus on institutional and private ...

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Kathy Larchian
Kathy is a founder of Pensa, an award-winning industrial design and invention firm based in DUMBO. She has been managing ...

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Marnie Lavigne
Marnie is the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Launch NY, a nonprofit venture development organization and NYSERDA-designated cleantech incubator, dedicated ...

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Roland Mokuolu
Roland is the Co-Founder and COO at Partsimony. Roland holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and spent ...

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Suma Reddy
Suma is an entrepreneur and educator keenly interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship,  innovation, and progress.  She is CEO of ...

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Peter Russo
Peter is President of Blackburn Energy, a clean energy startup featuring a kinetic energy capturing system for trucking. Previously, Peter ...

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Nico Vansnick
Nicolas “Nico” has been working for the last five years on making hardware less hard — at least to manufacture. ...

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Will Watts
Will is an operations engineer for Block Renovation. He formerly managed Tesla’s electric-vehicle infrastructure program across the New York tri-state ...

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Operating Team

Mike-Riedlinger
Managing Director Mike is the Managing Director of Scale For ClimateTech and the Executive Director of Technology Commercialization at NextCorps. ...

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Rachael-Aptowitz
Rachael is a Senior Associate at SecondMuse. She started her career at General Motors in the vehicle engineering division during ...

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Annette-Brenner
Annette is Client Development Manager at NextCorps, where she identifies and develops new clients and projects and promotes NextCorps’ manufacturing ...

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Anthony-Dixon
Anthony is the Scale for ClimateTech Program Coordinator at NextCorps. In this position, he helps ClimateTech companies scale their products ...

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Brian-Hilton
Brian is the senior research engineer for Sustainable Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He has ...

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Quinn Robertson
Quinn is a Program Manager for the SecondMuse team supporting Scale For ClimateTech teams from prototype to production. She discovered ...

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Ken-Rother
Ken is the Director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, as well as its Hardware Entrepreneurship program. He is the Managing ...

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Shelby-Thompson
Shelby is the Senior Community Manager for New York City programs including Scale For ClimateTech. Shelby supports startups with short ...

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Stacey-Weismiller
Stacey Weismiller is a veteran of both New York City Economic Development Corporation and General Electric. Her passion stretches from ...

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Steve Supron
Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the mechanical design, development, and global manufacturing of complex, electro-mechanical products. ...

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