Carve Out Some Time for These Climate Tech News and Events


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

Applications to Enroll in Scale For ClimateTech’s Manufacturing Bootcamp Closes October 21!

From November 7 to 10, Scale For ClimateTech is hosting a free four-day virtual bootcamp for companies to engage with vetted manufacturers, supply chain experts, and technical advisors to build a more resilient and robust production process.

The sessions are catered to companies with a works-like or looks-like hardware prototype that addresses the climate crisis, Apply here by October 21, 2022.

Find Funding

Scale For ClimateTech’s Manufacturing & Expertise-in-Residence (MEIR) program is offering up to $75K in project-matched funding for the manufacturing of solutions that address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. See if you qualify for funding and start your application here.

Win up to $25K through the FORGE Product Development Grant (FPDG) for historically marginalized leaders in cleantech. The goal of the grant is to remove barriers to scaling and manufacturing, providing the necessary funds for a specific product development challenge critical to the company’s ability to scale and/or reach the marketplace. The successful grant application will pinpoint that challenge and articulate how the grant funds will be used to overcome the roadblock.

Learn more and apply here.


Cohort News

Voltpost Debuts Transformative Lamppost Electric Vehicle Charger at Climate Week NYC 2022

During this year’s Climate Week in New York City, Voltpost debuted its lamppost retrofit electric vehicle charging system at the Hardware Meetup: Climate Edition event on Sept. 22. The event was hosted by Newlab, Scale for Climate Tech, and Women Who Hardware. Voltpost is participating in the DOT Studio, a partnership between the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Newlab, where it will pilot its lamppost charging in NYC. In addition to this pilot, Voltpost confirmed a demonstration project at the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (“DSPL”) in Detroit, Michigan.

Read the full announcement here.


Zinc8 Energy Solutions Makes News for Making Moves to Hudson Valley Citing IRA Tax Credit

Zinc8 Energy Solutions, developer of zinc air battery technology, has announced plans to start manufacturing in Ulster County’s iPark87 in New York. With encouragement from Senate Majority Leader Schumer and tax credits from the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act by President Biden, Zinc8’s new production facility captured coverage from Reuters and PV Magazine. Read the full story on Reuters and PV Magazine.



KIGT Receives $25K from Student-Led NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) and Forbes Coverage for Intentional Business Models

KIGT, Ontario, CA based developer of smart charging stations, built its company on the mission of making charging equally accessible and to include traditionally marginalized communities in the rapidly growing green economy. This mission centric business model has caught the intention of many, most recently a $25K investment from the student-led NYU Impact Investment Fund and Forbes latest article, Black Founders Of EV-Charging Startups Have More Than Profits On Their Minds

You can see the NIIF’s full press release here and the Jared Council’s Forbes story here.



Power to Hydrogen Awarded $100K from Governor Hochul’s Renewable Optimization and Energy Storage Innovation Program

At this year’s Advanced Energy Conference in New York City, Governor Hochul announced $16.6 million in awards for five long duration energy storage projects that will help harness renewable energy and provide stored energy to New York’s electric grid. Power to Hydrogen was identified as one of the five awardees to develop a reversible fuel cell system for hydrogen production and energy storage called the Clean Energy Bridge. The $100K will help facilitate the system’s readiness for demonstration and commercial adoption.

See the Governor’s full announcement here.



Dynamic Air Cooling Announced as Grow-NY Finalist

Grow-NY, the annual New York State food and agriculture innovation competition, announced 20 finalists for its $3M in prize money. Dynamic Air Cooling (DAC) was named as one of the finalists and will be competing to be one of the top seven announced. The finalists will be judged on their team’s cohesion, the viability of commercialization, customer value, agriculture and food innovation, and regional job creation.  

Tune in on November 15-16 to watch the finalists pitch for the $1M and runner-up prizes, or attend in person in Syracuse. Learn more about the competition and the finalists here.

Event Calendar

The Climate Tech Innovation Showcase
October 6, 2022 | New York, NY

Scale for ClimateTech and the Consulate General of Canada in New York is pleased to bring to you a Climate Tech Innovation Showcase. The event is a full day, in-person session dedicated to celebrating climate tech innovators. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear pitches and presentations, see products and solutions on display, network, and engage with ecosystem players in New York State. This event will also feature a Manufacturing Roadmap Pitch Competition where the winner will receive a cash prize of $20K for project support, along within-kind support from Scale For ClimateTech and NY State manufacturers.

 Learn more and register here.



Retool’22 Conference | A Climate Tech Conference for Manufacturers
October 17-19, 2022 – Jamestown, NY

Join climate tech leaders of Western New York in Jamestown for three days of speakers, networking, and the EV showcase. Learn about market opportunities that exist in the climate technology sector and hear from entrepreneurs and investors about how to grow climate tech businesses in the Westernand Southern Tier regions of New York.

Learn more and register for the event here.


What’s Next in Emerging Tech? Find Out at Luminate Finals 2022
October 19 |12:30 – 2:00 PM EST

Startups from around the world will be introducing emerging technologies and pitching for up to $2 million in follow-on funding at Luminate Finals 2022. The event features a close look at innovations destined to transform aerospace, manufacturing, climate tech, healthcare, and other fields — plus, the insight of keynote speaker, renowned physicist Michal Lipson. Cast your vote for your favorite startup during the event to help them take home the Audience Choice Award (and $10,000 cash).

Register here to join the free event in person in Rochester, NY or online. 


Fall Energy Storage Technology and Innovation Conference
October 26, 2022 – Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY

This annual event by NY-BEST brings together leading minds in energy storage technology and innovation for a stimulating one-day conference on the latest groundbreaking work in the rapidly growing field of energy storage technology, including:

  • advancements in storage technologies and applications
  • new market use cases
  • advancements in product development
  • commercialization, manufacturing, and supply chain development  

Learn more and register here.

New York State Innovation Summit
October 25 & 26, 2022 – Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, NY

NYSTAR and FuzeHub invite you to attend the New York State Innovation Summit on October 25-26, 2022 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This multi-day event is for NYS organizations that want to showcase and discover new and emerging technologies that support innovation and drive business growth.

The event serves as an opportunity to foster collaboration by introducing industry to experts who can assist growth, strengthen our statewide innovation ecosystem, and showcase promising early-stage companies. Whether you’re a startup, an economic developer, or an established manufacturer, the NYS Innovation Summit is a good conference fto attend.

Learn more and register here.

Program Updates

The For ClimateTech Summit & Global Innovation Challenge 

Summit Recap

Our flagship event of the year did not disappoint! With over 450 attendees from 38 different countries, the For ClimateTech community was on full display. The team is working to get the session recordings up and available for those who were unable to attend. 

We are humbled by the greater For ClimateTech community and are so grateful for three days of incredible dialogue, lessons, connections, and leadership. Thank you to our founders, speakers, attendees, staff, and all of those who shared time and expertise with us to further grow the world of climate tech.

Lastly, thank you to our sponsors: the ClimateWorks Foundation, Celo’s Climate Collective, and Scale For ClimateTech for making this all possible! 


What’s the Consensus?

The  answer to last month’s question, “What is your most preferred way to attend conferences/webinars?” is… in-person, with 50% of the vote. Here’s the breakdown:

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