EXCEL immerses participants in everything the New York cleantech industry has to offer! The program is an invaluable resource that provides participants with the knowledge they need to navigate the cleantech landscape in New York State and establish the right connections to achieve their goals – whether that means launching a new business, marketing a new product, or simply establishing a stronger knowledge base and network.
EXCEL educates entrepreneurs and executives about the markets, financing models, permitting requirements, technology solutions and other unique aspects of New York’s cleantech industry. EXCEL also helps participants build vital networks and provides mentoring to help participants create successful cleantech initiatives.
The ultimate goals of EXCEL are to increase the number of clean energy entrepreneurs in the state and address the long-term challenge of energy independence.
CLEANTECH Summer Boot Camp: Education and Instruction
Leaders in cutting-edge cleantech technologies, including executives, scientists, and academics, will deliver program content under the guidance of F. William Harder Professor Business Administration, Catherine Hill. Professor Hill—whose extensive experience in the energy sector includes vice chairing the New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium and serving on the Advisory Board of iClean, the NYSERDA funded energy incubator at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering—brings years of invaluable knowledge and expertise to the program.
Participants in this summer residency program have the opportunity to network formally and informally with a regionally diverse cohort of technical experts, policymakers, business experts, venture capitalists and cleantech entrepreneurs.
An online mentoring forum in October gives participants the chance to present their project to a panel of investors and technical experts in order to hone and refine their pitch.
Each participant’s EXCEL experience culminates in the development of a capstone project, such as a business plan for a cleantech business, a marketing plan for a new product, or a sales or sourcing strategy. Projects will be pitched to a panel of business people and investors during a weekend program at Skidmore in January of 2017. These projects will be actionable beginnings of a new wave of cleantech initiatives in New York