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Don’t Miss the 2021 Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit
The 2021 Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit is set to take place on November 16-17 inside Syracuse’s Oncenter Convention Center or you can attend virtually! The annual summit features a world-class symposium of speakers and panel discussions touching upon some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the food and ag industry in New York.
Keep an eye out for our Scale For ClimateTech Cohort members, We Radiate and Heat Inverse, in the pitch competition of top food and ag startups across the globe, which are competing to win 3 prizes of up to $1 million.
Virtual access is free and all-access registration passes start at $45 and are $25 for students! You can check out the schedule and register here.
NYSERDA and WE ACT For Environmental Justice Announce Fellowships In Honor Of Late Environmental Justice Leader Cecil Corbin-Mark
NYSERDA and WE ACT for Environmental Justice will bring on Environmental Justice fellows in honor of the late Environmental Justice Leader Cecil Corbin-Markto. The fellows will ensure that those most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change will meaningfully benefit from, and be included in, the developing climate economy and technologies.
“Cecil Corbin-Mark was a tireless advocate for underserved communities and a devoted leader of New York’s environmental justice movement,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris. “He was an outstanding colleague and instrumental partner to NYSERDA in assessing opportunities for initiatives that could benefit communities that have historically borne the brunt of environmental pollution, while also helping to raise energy awareness among residents of these communities. Cecil’s spirit lives on in New York and beyond, and these fellowships will help carry out the visionary work that meant so much to him and the thousands of lives he touched.”
Click here for NYSERDA’s full announcement
Individuals who want to learn more and apply to the fellowship program can find more information here.
The Department of Energy (DOE) Announces $14.5 Million in Direct Air Capture (DAC) and Storage of Carbon Dioxide
The DOE has made $14.5M in funding available to leverage and support “engineering studies of advanced DAC systems capable of removing 5,000 tons of CO2 per year from the air—the equivalent of electricity that is used by more than 900 homes in the United States for one year.”
This research and development will provide crucial detailed information on direct air capture systems and potential investment costs for the DOE to further accelerate this technology at scale.
Innovator News & Spotlights
The Rochester Business Journal Names the 2021 Technology and Manufacturing Awards and Finalists
The Rochester Business Journal has partnered with the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) to identify manufacturing leaders and honorees in the greater Rochester area.
“The 2021 Technology and Manufacturing awardees are innovators and collaborators. They have a strong commitment to the community and to growing and developing the workforce in the Greater Rochester area,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “The technology and manufacturing industries are critically important to the success of our region, and we are honored to partner with RTMA to recognize these outstanding winners.”
Rachel Rosen, cofounder & CEO of WexEnergy, was named Executive of The Year by the Rochester Business Journal.
Wex Energy, a Cohort 1 Scale For ClimateTech community member, was also named as a finalist for the Manufacturing Innovation Award in the “Small” Category, and Eastman Kodak Company was named as a finalist in the Large” category.
Winners will be announced on November 3rd. See the full announcement here.
Dynamic Air Cooling Featured by VestBee
VestBee, a match-making platform for startups and investors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), featured Dynamic Air Cooling, from Cohort 1 of Venture For ClimateTech, as one of, “10 interesting Hardware startups from Central and Eastern Europe that you should keep an eye on.”
Dynamic Air Cooling is developing technology to change the current hydrofluorocarbon coolant-based cooling market. This will be crucial for climate mitigation in a warming world.
See the full post here.
Chante Harris Invited to Speak At COP26
Chante Harris, Director of Climate Investment & Partnerships at Venture For ClimateTech (V4C) is heading to Glasgow to share her expertise at COP26. The COP26 summit is bringing parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Chante Harris will speak on a finance panel as part of She Changes Climate series of events taking place throughout the week.
“While attending COP26, I’m hoping to advance our early stage climate tech work through V4C and S4C. In addition to connecting with other entities and individuals working on capital markets and the launch of new investment vehicles and frameworks. The 3rd day at COP26 is all about realigning capital for the new economy!”
Defining, Measuring, & Reporting Impact: A Guide for Early-Stage ClimateTech Founders (Part 1)
Zoe Welz, Program Manager for Venture For ClimateTech and climate tech entrepreneur, created a two-part guide for startups and founders to start defining, measuring, and reporting their greenhouse gas (GHG) impact.
The four steps she has listed cover the basics of market analysis, product life cycles, calculating GHG impact, and calculating reduction potential.
Following these steps is easier said than done but having these metrics to share with investors and stakeholders can be a powerful tool in growing your company.
Read Zoe’s full post here.
Dimensional Energy Awarded $2.7 Million from the DOE
Through the DOE’s The Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2021 Photovoltaics and Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Funding Program (SETO FY21 PV and CSP), Dimensional Energy was awarded $2.7 Million for its project , “Silicon-Carbide Receiver/Reactor by Additive Manufacturing for Concentrated Solar Thermocatalysis with Thermal Energy Storage”
In summary, Dimensional Energy’s reactor will turn captured Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Jet Fuel and green Hydrogen at a price point below $2 per gallon compared to the current cost of $1.51 per gallon according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
You can read the DOE’s full award announcement here.
Re-Nuble Comes to Eastman Business Park In Rochester
Re-Nuble, from Cohort 1 of Scale For ClimateTech, has set up a facility in the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY. Re-Nuble transform’s food waste into chemical-free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation. The move made news in Rochester!
“Rochester seemed to be a high concentration of not only talent who has engineering expertise and agricultural experience, but there’s also a huge wealth of resources from universities, training, and workforce development. Just being able to test, from a research and development perspective, all of the elements that are critical for our expansion is exciting,” said Tinia Pina, founder and CEO.
You can read 13 WHAM’s full story here.
Jones Beach Success!
Innovators across New York State came together at the Energy Innovation Center at Jones Beach on October 12, 2021 to showcase the latest prototypes and technology to address climate change. The event was hosted by For ClimateTech, the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
A dozen companies pitched to investors IN PERSON with another 20 companies presenting climate tech prototypes and products throughout the Energy Innovation Center.
Check out some of the photos from the event!
Mr. James Darcy Amable has Arrived!
Jacqueline Ros Amable, Managing Director of Venture For ClimateTech, announced the arrival of her newborn son, James Darcy Amable.
“Introducing you to Mr. James Darcy Amable. He officially entered the world on September 28, 2021 at 12:38am. He’s 21 inches of pure snugs & love. It’s been a blur of joy & we are happy to have him home.”