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HTR program targets clean energy

HTR program targets clean energy

High Tech Rochester Inc.’s new NEXUS-NY program aims to support clean energy technologies ready to be commercialize.

The program, which stands for New Energy Xcelerator in Upstate New York, will receive $500,000 annually and targets the Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton/Ithaca and Syracuse areas.

Accepted candidates will participate in a yearlong program learning startup techniques of the National Science Foundation iCorps. The program also will link advisers and mentors to help candidates find success.

One team may be awarded $150,000 from Excell Partners Inc.—a regional economic development partnership between the state of New York and the University of Rochester that joined to help finance high-tech startups in the Upstate New York region—at the program’s completion, depending on the availability of funding.

“Applicants are encouraged to think broadly when considering the definition of clean energy,” said NEXUS-NY executive director Doug Buerkle. “While much of the clean energy research in New York is conducted in university-based settings, not all of it is, which is why we’re hoping to hear from both university-based and independent researchers and innovators.”

An online application is available starting at

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