Upstate Capital Annual Event

Invest NY: Climate Tech 2021

WHEN: October 14, 2021 | 12pm – 5pm

WHERE: Online

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Makini Byron
John Sirman
Nicholas Querques
Charlotte Hamilton Conamix Aug2021

Highlighting the climate tech industry and innovation in New York.

Upstate Capital has partnered with NYSTAR and NYSERDA to bring you Invest NY: Climate Tech on October 14 online. Join us online to explore climate tech innovation in Upstate New York and beyond.

Pitches from companies innovating in the climate tech space in New York
Conversations with business owners and CEOs building climate tech businesses
Discussions with industry experts and investors in climate tech

Agenda & Speakers


Invitation only: CEO Roundtable


Climate Tech Startup Showcase


Hosted Networking


Conversation: Linde’s Corporate VC Perspective

Join John Sirman and Makini Byron, Director of External Technology, to discuss Linde’s approach to working with and investing in startups. Linde is a $27B public company and the world’s largest industrial gas company.


CEO / Investor Conversation



Who Will Be There?

Invest NY: Climate Tech will be attended by startup entrepreneurs and innovators, experienced executives, active investors and professionals in the climate technology industry.


Online ticket: $75 or free for Upstate Capital members

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Invest NY: Climate Tech Startup Showcase

Joe Dickson - CEO - Ducted Wind Turbines

Joe Dickson – CEO – Ducted Wind Turbines

Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc.

Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc. designs and manufactures small wind turbines for a variety of markets and applications.

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Matthew Cusack - President - FlowActive

Matthew Cusack – President – FlowActive

FlowActive, Inc.

FlowActive is a growth company that develops and sells patented AI based, IoT water monitoring solutions to help commercial clients avoid catastrophic water problems, improve their bottom line and enhance their sustainability metrics through reduced fresh water use.

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Jon DeWald - CEO - HELIXintel

Jon DeWald – CEO – HELIXintel


HELIXintel simplifies maintenance management to save your business cash, time and energy. And we do it for free.

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Alex Kosyakov - CEO - Natrion

Alex Kosyakov – CEO – Natrion


Natrion is engineering safer, more affordable large-scale batteries to make solar power cost-effective for homes, farms, and the military.

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Colin Huwyler - CEO - Optimus Technologies

Colin Huwyler – CEO – Optimus Technologies

Optimus Technologies

Optimus Technologies is a clean energy technology company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Optimus manufactures the Vector System, an advanced fuel system technology that enables diesel engines to operate on 100% biodiesel.

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Mohammad Akhlaghi - CEO - Plugzio

Mohammad Akhlaghi – CEO – Plugzio


Electric mobility is on the rise but charging solutions are still complex & expensive. Plugzio is north Americas simplest and most affordable platform that allows properties to control, monitor & get compensated for electricity used by electric vehicles.

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Arun Gupta – CEO – Skyven Technologies

Skyven Technologies

Skyven Technologies is an industrial thermal energy service provider that funds and de-risks capital projects to eliminate carbon emissions caused by process heat.

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Bethany Deshpande - CEO - SomaDetect

Bethany Deshpande – CEO – SomaDetect


SomaDetect is an agricultural technology company that is connecting dairy farmers with the milk-quality indicators most relevant for the management of their production.

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Oliver Koehler - CEO - Suntegra

Oliver Koehler – CEO – Suntegra


SunTegra provides an innovative solar roofing system that offers homeowners, businesses, and installers a simple, sleek, and efficient way to go solar.

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Ithaca Clean Energy, Ltd

Ithaca Clean Energy, Ltd

Ithaca Clean Energy, Ltd

Developing cleantech solutions for the renewable energy industry. We build AI-driven Data Analytics Platforms that enable energy investors, developers, and operators to make better informed and optimized decisions throughout a project’s lifecycle.

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Lin-Feng Li - President - Bettergy Corp.

Lin-Feng Li – President – Bettergy Corp.

Bettergy Corp.

Bettergy is a privately-owned company that develops innovative energy and environmental technologies. These technologies include advanced battery and fuel cell technologies for energy storage, and nanopore engineered membranes technologies, including separation membranes and ionic conductive membranes.

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Tommie Royster - CEO & Founder - R-Display & Lighting, LLC

Tommie Royster – CEO & Founder – R-Display & Lighting, LLC

R-Display & Lighting

The mission of R-Display & Lighting is to leverage core expertise in Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, including materials, device fabrication and manufacturing operations to deliver advanced flat panel display and lighting products at a competitive cost for manufacturing.

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E. Frits Abell - CEO - materialsIn Inc.

E. Frits Abell – CEO – materialsIn Inc.

materialsIn Inc.

materialsIn leverages a consultative and data-based platform model to help customers with their materials decision process.

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Invest NY: Climate Tech Planning Committee

Noa Simons

President & CEO, Upstate Capital

Matt Watson

Senior Vice President, NYSTAR

Emily Ekland

Vice President, NYSTAR Business Development

Rachel Pierson

Rachel Pierson

Independent Contractor at NYSERDA

2021 Sponsors

Sponsorship Packages

Email Noa Conger Simons, CEO & President of Upstate Capital, at or call (845) 204-8090 regarding sponsorship and participation.