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WHAT IS THE CLEAN FIGHT? 

The Clean Fight NY is a not-for-profit accelerator helping growth-stage clean energy companies from around the world scale in New York to meet future energy and efficiency needs, while boosting economic opportunity and job creation for all. Powered by New Energy Nexus. Funded by NYSERDA. Our 2020 inaugural cohort is focused on high-impact solutions that can help decarbonize New York's unique building stock, at speed.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE CLEAN FIGHT?

Our goal is to help growth-stage clean energy companies from around the world scale in New York, at speed. We do this by helping build deep relationships with corporate and investor partners who can enable rapid growth. We’ve designed the program to be as efficient and effective as possible, offering the following tailored benefits: no relocation for program; no equity stake taken; hands-on matchmaking with industry-leading corporate partners in a time-efficient format; non-dilutive grants available to fund resulting partnership agreements, bridge loans, or growth rounds ($1.25M available per cohort: companies can apply for up to $500k, but no funds are guaranteed); tailored support services to equip the company for scale ($25-30k in value guaranteed per company); and, assistance navigating the New York market from top regulators and industry experts. There will be 8-12 companies per cohort. Find out more here.

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WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOES THE CLEAN FIGHT PROVIDE?

The Clean Fight NY has $1.25M in non-dilutive grant money per cohort to fund pilots or other agreements resulting from the corporate match-making aspect of the program. We can also fund bridge loans, and in certain cases participate in growth rounds. If selected into the program, you are eligible to apply for a grant up to $500k from this pool of funds. There will be 8-12 companies per cohort. Grants require a 2:1 private match. This benefit is in addition to the $25-30k set aside for each selected company for technical support resources, which does not require a match.

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DOES THE CLEAN FIGHT TAKE AN EQUITY STAKE?

We are a not-for-profit and do not take an equity stake in the companies as part of being accepted to the program.

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DO I NEED TO BE BASED IN NEW YORK?

No, the accelerator program is open to growth-stage startups from anywhere around the world who are interested in scaling in New York. However, you must have an interest in seriously exploring establishing a principal place for business, manufacturing, or research and development in New York State.

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DO I NEED TO MOVE TO NEW YORK?

No, 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 all three in-person summits in New York (or virtually should it be deemed necessary). The summits take place December 2-3, 2020; January 27-28, 2021; and March 17-18, 2021.

Additionally, you must have an interest in seriously exploring establishing a principal place for business, manufacturing, or research and development in New York State.

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WHEN ARE THE SUMMITS?

Summit 1: December 2-3, 2020

Summit 2: January 27-28, 2021

Summit 3: March 17-18, 2021

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DO I NEED TO COVER MY OWN TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS
FOR THE SUMMITS?

 

Reasonable flight and accommodation costs will be reimbursed and/or covered for up to two (2) participants. If you’re selected to participate, either the CEO, COO, and/or President of your startup are required to attend all three (3) in-person summits in New York (or virtually should it be deemed necessary).

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WHAT IF THE SUMMITS ARE AFFECTED BY COVID-19?

If necessary in order to protect the safety and health of our team and participants, the summits will be virtual. We will ensure the value and quality of the programming is unaffected.

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WHAT STAGE COMPANY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The Clean Fight NY helps growth-stage companies scale in New York. We define growth-stage as companies that display broad market adoption (~$1M+ in annual revenue from a diversified customer set in last year or other clear signs of market adoption). Additionally, companies must be able to demonstrate sufficient runway to participate in the program from November 2020-March 2021.

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WHAT TYPES OF CLEAN BUILDINGS COMPANIES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The Clean Fight NY is looking for clean buildings innovators 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. GHG impact, job creation, and speed of implementation are a few of our favorite things. Solutions for new builds or retrofits are welcome.

We're particularly interested in solutions that will meaningfully decarbonize buildings in the following ways:

  • Baseline Establishment (e.g., diagnose energy inefficiencies)

  • Smart Buildings (e.g., reduce inefficiencies with real-time response)

  • HVAC (e.g., heat pumps)

  • Envelope (e.g., reduce energy consumption/loss)

  • Clean Energy Sources (e.g., eliminate fossil fuel use)

  • Resilience (e.g., grid outages)

  • Efficient Distribution (e.g., reduce unnecessary losses)

  • Building Maintenance (e.g., enable buildings to run at maximum efficiency)

  • Occupant Engagement (e.g., optimize energy usage)

  • Human Experience (e.g., improve wellness for tenants)

  • Embedded Carbon (e.g., low-carbon materials)

If you have a solution outside of these areas, we encourage you to apply if you meet our other criteria.

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HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED THE TYPES OF SOLUTIONS
THE CLEAN FIGHT IS LOOKING FOR?

The Clean Fight has always valued solutions with benefits in addition to GHG reduction. In light of COVID-19, of particular value are added health (e.g. indoor air monitoring and quality) and economic benefits (new revenue streams, quick payback, etc.).

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IS THE CLEAN FIGHT COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY?

We cannot win The Clean Fight without a diversity of talent, experience, and perspective bringing new solutions, approaches, and energy. We highly encourage diverse teams and those serving diverse communities to apply, including people of color, women, underserved communities, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ, and underrepresented voices.

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HOW WILL MY APPLICATION BE EVALUATED?

All applications are reviewed by our Evaluation Committee, which is composed of The Clean Fight team, technical experts, corporate partners, and investor partners. We assess your application based on the following criteria:

  • GHG Impact: Potential to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale.

  • Job Creation: Potential to significantly create job opportunities​ in New York State.

  • Talent: Experienced team with deep knowledge and a proven track record​.

  • Program Fit: Company goals and needs align with the goals and services provided by the accelerator​.

  • Offering: Best-in-class product or service that addresses an important market need​.

  • Demand: Operating in a market with deep demand and sufficient private capital interest​.

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HOW WILL MY CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION BE PROTECTED?

The Clean Fight NY will treat all application data as confidential information. We will share such data with our corporate and investor partners in order to accelerate potential access to investment and deployment opportunities for your company. In your application, please do not disclose any proprietary information but be as clear as possible about your competitive advantage and differentiation.

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WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE APPLICATION AND PROGRAM?

June 8 - July 19: Qualifying Application Open

July 20-31: Initial Down-Select

August 3 - 21: Invitation to Complete Full Application

August 24 - September 11: Second Down-Select

September 14 - October 2: Finalists Interview w/ Judges

October 5-23: Final Selection

November 2: Program Kick-Off & Needs Assessment

December 2-3: Summit 1

January 27-28, 2021: Summit 2

March 17-18, 2021: Summit 3

+Biweekly Calls November 2020 - March 2021

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WHAT IF MY COMPANY ISN’T A GOOD FIT?

 

The Clean Fight is part of New Energy Nexus, which provides programming for clean energy startups around the world. If this program isn’t the best fit for you, we encourage you to join the New Energy Network, our open Slack community, where you can find out about other programs and opportunities.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I APPLY AND DON’T GET ACCEPTED?

The Clean Fight is dedicated to accelerating the transition to clean energy for all. We encourage you to join the New Energy Network, our open Slack community of hundreds of clean energy entrepreneurs and supporters of clean energy innovation from around the world eager to learn and share.

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