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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Climate
Tech Startups to Participate in an Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Clean Fight: Energy Storage Edition

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The Clean Fight New York

Conf. Date:

06/14/22

LOI Date:

06/30/22

Deadline Date:

08/12/22

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International climate tech startup companies to participate in an accelerator program to promote energy-efficient buildings in New York. A qualifying application must be submitted prior to submitting a full application. Program participants will participate in virtual or in-person programming, receive technical assistance, and be eligible to apply for grant funding.

The third edition of The Clean Fight will be focused on high-growth, scalable solutions creating abundant storage, enabling grid stability and a resilient, electrified future. The goal is to find companies at the sweet spot of market appetite, and climate and human impact. 

The Clean Fight is focused on:

Growth Stage Companies

Startups with solutions that are ready to scale: products or services with proven efficacy, impact, and adoption that can quickly support a far bigger customer base.

Impact

GHG impact, job creation, and speed of implementation are a few favorite things. Solutions that enable a just transition, benefitting frontline and underserved communities, and a resilient and adaptive future are of particular interest.

Energy Storage Solutions

The Clean Fight is looking for best-in-class solutions built to meet the future needs of a modern grid and a resilient, electrified world in a better way. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Transportation Battery Packs & Systems
  • Stationary Storage Systems
  • Battery Materials
  • Battery Cells and Packs
  • Materials Processing
  • Power Electronics & Controls
  • Business Model & Financing Innovation

Solutions for new builds or retrofits are welcome. If you have a solution outside of these areas, The Clean Fight encourages you to apply if you meet the other criteria.

The program is designed to facilitate business agreements with customers in New York. If you secure contracts as a result of the program, you must be willing to establish a presence in New York State.

For information about program benefits, see pages 6-7 of the application packet (in Supporting Documents below).

Time commitment averages 2-4 hours a week (between all your participating team members). This covers summits, programming, check-ins, follow-ups with customer and investor partners, working with support providers and cohort roundtables.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197173

Number of Grants:

8-10 companies will be selected for the cohort.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Companies accepted into the program are eligible to apply for up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The non-residential program will run from November 2022-April 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The accelerator program is open to growth-stage startups from anywhere around the world who are interested in scaling in New York.

Companies must:
- Display meaningful market adoption. Proven technologies with clear signs of market adoption. e.g. ~$1M annual revenue, diverse customer set, etc
- Demonstrate you will have sufficient runway to participate in the program from November 2022 - May 2023
- Exhibit a genuine interest in establishing a principal place for business, manufacturing, or research and development in New York State

Diverse teams and those serving diverse communities, including people of color, women, underserved communities, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ, and underrepresented voices, are highly encouraged to apply.

Applications from companies already based in New York State, looking for help scaling further in the State, are welcomed. Equally, companies based elsewhere in the US or internationally, looking to build a footprint in this great state, are welcomed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Cohort 3 Info Session: Tuesday, June 14th 9-9:45am EST.

Register here: https://newenergynexus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L6i7jkaiTfyUoOl-rJ868A

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- May 24 - June 30, 2022: Qualifying Application Open
- July 25, 2022: Invitation to Complete Full Application
- August 12, 2022: Full Application Due
- September 12 - October 14, 2022: Due Diligence and Final Interviews
- October 20, 2022: Cohort Selected
- November 2022: Program Kick-off
- November 2022 - March 2023: Energy Storage Program

Application Process:
- Step 1: Fill out the Qualifying Application.
- Step 2: If your application is one of the top scoring, you’ll be invited to complete the Full Application. It is anticipated that ~50 applicants will move to the full application.
- Step 3: If you’re selected as one of the finalists, you’ll be interviewed by a panel of industry-leading judges. It is anticipated that there will be 15-20 finalists.

The accelerator program does not require relocation. If you’re selected to participate, either the CEO, COO, and/or President of your startup are required to attend the summits in New York if they take place in person, or virtually should it be deemed necessary. Exact dates are to be confirmed, but the summits will take place November 2022; January 2023; and April 2023.

Summit 1: November 2022
- Meet customer partners and the other cohort companies.
- Learn about the NY landscape

Summit 2: January 2023
- Continued conversations with customer partners. Meet investor partners.

Summit 3: April 2023
- Share your solution and meet with the broader market of customers and investors.
- Finalize/share progress achieved with program partners.
- Meet with industry influencers.

About the Clean Fight: https://www.thecleanfight.com/about

Program Info: https://www.thecleanfight.com/program

FAQs: https://www.thecleanfight.com/faqs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To start your application, fill out the form at the bottom of the URL for Full Text link below.

hello@thecleanfight.com

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