Top Climate Tech News and Funding to Keep You Warm

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Community Opportunities

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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 sign up for an upcoming info session here.

NYSERDA’s Climate Justice Fellowship, which funds 12-month fellowships to advance energy equity and climate justice in disadvantaged communities, is seeking employer participants. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. Learn more here

The Global NY Fund is offering $35M in grants and loans from $25K to $100K to help New York State’s small- and medium-sized businesses go global and create new jobs. The program is open to New York State companies and nonprofits seeking to create or expand direct exports. Learn how to participate here.

FuzeHub is offering up to $50K in manufacturing grants to small- to medium-sized companies in New York State. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2022. Learn more here.

The 6th Annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is offering a total of $1M in cash prizes for early-stage startups solving social and environmental issues. Learn more and register at cisco.innovationchallenge.com.

Take Your Climate Innovation to the Next Level with Venture For ClimateTech

Venture For ClimateTech (V4C) is accepting applications for Cohort 2. Get up to $100K in non-dilutive funding and one-on-one mentor support to launch and grow your innovation to address the climate crisis. 

Sign up for our upcoming info session on Feb. 3, 2022, to hear about the program and find out if the program is right for you.

Hear directly from Cohort 1 founders on how V4C helped their company.

How to Build Teams that Attract Investors — Launch & Learn With Jacqueline Ros Amable

Lunch and Learn

 

One of the hardest aspects of building a company is building the right team. Team dynamics are among the most important factors in the longevity and success of new companies—particularly for startups formed in academia, as these groups typically lack extensive work experience and personal capital. Quite literally, all you have is each other.

Sign up for Launch & Learn here on Feb. 16, 2022.

Rev Ithaca Startup Works is Now Recruiting for its Summer 2022 Prototyping Accelerator

REV’s summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator applications are officially open! 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 for Feb. 2, 2022 or Feb. 10, 2022

Learn more here.

Ready To Turn Your Climate Concerns Into Climate Actions?

The Climatebase Fellowship is the launchpad for the next leaders in climate tech. It’s designed to foster community, friendships, and lasting connections to support you throughout your climate career. As a Climatebase Fellow, you’ll learn from domain experts through interactive speaking sessions and panels with climate tech founders, group discussions, and hands-on project-based work.

Learn more including how to apply with our discount code here.

Innovator News & Spotlights

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Voltpost secured $1.3M in an oversubscribed pre-seed financing round. “The funds will be used to develop the Voltpost lamppost charging system, secure pilot contracts, and expand our team,” said Voltpost CEO and Co-Founder Jeff Prosserman.

See his full statement here.

 

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See how Pvilion is Leaf-ing its mark at the brand new Leaf Suites and Homestead Retreats at Zion National Park. Pvilion was also awarded a contract with the US Air Force for 40 solar powered integrated structures.

Find read more about Pvilion’s wins here.


Caporous Technologies was awarded a $200K grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR program. The grant will help “…expand the applications of our materials based on nanoscale lamellar porosity.” 


Find the DOE’s full announcement here.


Skyven Technologies raised $4M in an oversubscribed seed funding round led by VoLo Earth Ventures, in addition to a $1.1M grant from the California Energy Commission. The news was picked up by the North Texas Inno Business Journal.

Read the full article here.


RainStick Shower was featured in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. “The RainStick shower, which will begin shipping later this year, will blast you with a 3-gallon-a-minute spray, while still claiming to use 80% less water than a typical shower.”

Read the full article here


Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. signed a host site agreement with Digital Energy Corp and Fresh Meadows Community Apartments in Queens, New York to install its 100kW/1.5MWh Zinc-air Energy Storage System (ZESS) to demonstrate its long duration, energy storage capability.


Find the full press release here.


Total Transportation Corp, a transportation services provider in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, has chosen Unique Energy Solutions (UES) to convert six of its existing school buses from diesel to electric. The buses will operate in New York City for the Department of Education (DOE). Joe Ambrosio, CEO of Unique Electric Solutions commented, “Total Transportation is displaying leadership in its move to zero tailpipe emissions vehicles for the benefit of both passengers and the community. They also recognize the benefits of reducing their fuel and maintenance costs for their business with bus repowers, allowing them to reinvest in further electrification efforts.”

Read the full release here.


Re-Nuble announced it is partnering on a pilot vertical farm with the city of Glens Falls, NY, National Grid, Fluence, PIPP, and others. Early details can be found on NEWS10 ABC / FOX 23. You can find an even deeper dive into the pilot on Re-Nuble’s most recent blog on Urban Renewal Part I, Part II, and Part III.


Community Asks

The Rochester Institute of Technology is conducting a survey on the Finger Lakes and Central NY manufacturing landscape. This survey is part of a larger research effort to understand the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon manufacturers in order to help identify specific, cost-effective technical solutions to those challenges. 

Participation in this survey allows your organization to:

• Review anonymized survey results to see how your team stacks up against regional manufacturing companies

• Build organizational resiliency against future disruptive events (like the COVID-19 pandemic) through the incorporation of best manufacturing practices.

 

Click here to start the 15-minute survey.


The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is conducting an extensive Offshore Wind supply chain study with XODUS Group and BW Research Partnership. Your help in this project is the best way that we can assess the capabilities, qualifications, and interests of companies in New York to meet the needs of the offshore wind industry. With a statewide goal of 9,000 MW by 2035, New York is committed to expanding offshore wind energy generation and providing opportunities for local organizations and workers throughout the supply chain.

This survey is for any business already participating or interested in participating in the offshore wind sector. 

Click here to start the survey.