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January 24, 2013

New York City Seeks Operator-Mentor-Kibitzer for Cleantech Entrepreneur Center



What would it have been like to share a garage back in the day with Steve Jobs (News - Alert) and Steve Wozniak? Soon, a group of cleantech pathfinders and rising stars will share a multi-use space in New York City, receiving services and support to help them grow their start-up companies. (And no, this is not a reality show.)

On January 23, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) unveiled a Request for Proposals seeking an organization to implement and operate the NYC Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center. To help further diversify New York City's economy, NYCEDC will partner with an operator to facilitate the growth of the clean technology and energy sectors by assisting entrepreneurs and companies with the challenges they face in starting and growing early-stage businesses in New York City. 

The center will concentrate resources and provide a focal point for the industry by creating a multi-use space combining business acceleration, product demonstration and educational programming tailored to the industry’s unique needs.

"The NYC Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center represents another important step forward for the [New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (News - Alert)] Administration's efforts to diversify the city's economy," said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky, in a statement. "Once complete, this center will build upon exciting advances in clean technology—assisting entrepreneurs and businesses to overcome the challenges they will inevitably face and ensuring that this emerging sector continues to grow and thrive in New York in the future."

While clean technology has historically been dominated by capital-intensive, manufacturing-led segments, technology and market trends are creating a new segment of the market. Green 2.0 represents digitally-enabled products and services that use information, data and technology to address environmental, energy and resource constraints. Leveraging the City's leadership in software, finance, analytics and media, the center will support the growth of next-generation clean technology businesses, helping make New York City a leader within this fast growing segment.

NYCEDC is seeking an operator that has an existing entrepreneurship network, as well as proven business development success. While the location of the center will be identified and leased by the operator, it is envisioned that it will have approximately 10,000 square feet of space devoted to:

§ Business acceleration: Providing affordable, flexible workspace and mentorship to emerging companies

§ Demonstration: Testing and showcasing products and services (in an adjacent space)

§ Education: Offering programming for accelerator users and the broader community (again, in a co-located or adjacent space).

Sites located in proximity to potential customers, investors and other members of the clean technology community are preferred. Additional criteria include flexibility of space, accessibility to transportation options, and cost and suitability of lease terms. Green building characteristics such as energy efficiency and/or LEED certifications are welcome.

The NYC Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center is a component of Green NYC 2025, NYCEDC’s ongoing initiative to identify opportunities in the rapidly emerging green sector, as well as the challenges the city faces for future growth.

For a copy of the RFP, click here. Responses are due on Friday, February 22, 2013, with selection expected in spring 2013.




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