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
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.
Director of External Technology at Linde
Makini Byron is committed to driving innovation from concepts to commercialization. She has over 12 years’ experience within the energy and chemicals sectors, with a focus on emerging technologies for decarbonization. Currently the Director, External Technology at Linde, Makini identifies companies and universities with innovations that can be leveraged for the company’s growth. In her position, Makini acts as a bridge between the financial, legal, commercial, and technical teams to foster productive collaborations and partnerships in technology development.
Makini has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and is a registered Project Management Professional. Prior to Linde, Makini worked as a reservoir engineer for bp.
Director of New Ventures at SUNY Research Foundation
Nicholas Querques is Director of New Ventures at SUNY Research Foundation (RF). RF is the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, administering over $1 billion in research expenditures annually throughout SUNY’s 64 campuses. Nick leads a growing portfolio of initiatives focused on promoting entrepreneurship and commercialization across the research enterprise, helping SUNY companies start strong and scale, and building partnerships with investors and development partners to get more SUNY technology into the market.LinkedIn
CEO / Investor Conversation
CEO and Co-Founder, Conamix
Charlotte has 15+ years of experience commercializing new materials for global products. She is the co-inventor of multiple pieces of intellectual property on the composition of matter for novel sulfur cathode material and the former President of Novomer through launch of first global product.LinkedIn
Managing Director, New York Ventures at Empire State Development
Jennifer is Managing Director of New York Ventures at Empire State Development, a $100 million investment fund allocated toward direct equity investments into promising Seed and Series A start-ups and their diverse founding teams across New York State. Prior to joining Empire State Development, Jennifer spent 18 years with Cayuga Venture Fund where she invested in and supported entrepreneurs in technology-based start-ups. Jennifer has served on the boards of GiveGab, Pom, True Gault and Venuebook. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tompkins Financial Corporation and the National Venture Capital Association.LinkedIn
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
Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc.
Ducted Wind Turbines, Inc. designs and manufactures small wind turbines for a variety of markets and applications.
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.
HELIXintel simplifies maintenance management to save your business cash, time and energy. And we do it for free.
Natrion is engineering safer, more affordable large-scale batteries to make solar power cost-effective for homes, farms, and the military.
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.
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.
Skyven Technologies is an industrial thermal energy service provider that funds and de-risks capital projects to eliminate carbon emissions caused by process heat.
SomaDetect is an agricultural technology company that is connecting dairy farmers with the milk-quality indicators most relevant for the management of their production.
SunTegra provides an innovative solar roofing system that offers homeowners, businesses, and installers a simple, sleek, and efficient way to go solar.
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.
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.
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.
materialsIn leverages a consultative and data-based platform model to help customers with their materials decision process.
Invest NY: Climate Tech Planning Committee
President & CEO, Upstate Capital
Senior Vice President, NYSTAR
Vice President, NYSTAR Business Development
Independent Contractor at NYSERDA
Email Noa Conger Simons, CEO & President of Upstate Capital, at email@example.com or call (845) 204-8090 regarding sponsorship and participation.