NYEXCEL - boot camp for cleantech



Online applications due May 31, 2014

NY EXCEL immerses participants in everything the New York cleantech industry has to offer! The program is an invaluable resource that provides each participant the knowledge they need to navigate the cleantech landscape in New York State and establish the right connections to convert their idea into a viable business.

NY EXCEL educates select qualified entrepreneurs and executives about the markets, financing models, permitting requirements, technology solutions and other unique aspects of the cleantech industry that make it a challenge to start successful energy efficiency and clean energy businesses. NY EXCEL also helps participants build the necessary networks and provide direct, one-on-one mentoring to help participants create successful cleantech businesses that will grow jobs in New York State.

The ultimate goals of NY EXCEL are to increase the number of clean energy entrepreneurs in the state, create well-paying jobs in New York communities, and provide solutions for addressing the long-term challenge of energy independence.

CLEANTECH Summer Bootcamp: 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 immersion 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 will be given the opportunity to network formally and informally with a regionally diverse cohort of technical experts, policymakers, business experts, venture capitalists and cleantech entrepreneurs.

Capstone Projects

The most important outcomes of NY EXCEL are the capstone projects generated by its participants. Each participant will need to create a business plan for a viable cleantech business. Projects will be pitched over a three-day weekend program at Skidmore in the January after the summer residency. These projects will be actionable beginnings of a new wave of cleantech businesses in New York.


Each participant will be assigned a mentor with expertise in the type of cleantech business the participant wants to create.
 Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee in Saratoga during the summer residency, at the January presentation and at least five times (in person or virtually) during the year.

Weekend Destination Tours

What better way to learn about cleantech in New York than to experience it first-hand! Participants will travel to destinations such as Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Test Center (NY-BEST) for tours of their facilities, presentations on emerging opportunities and unique networking opportunities with senior executives and key decision makers within New York’s cleantech business sector.