Incubators for Collaborating & Leveraging Energy And Nanotechnology (iCLEAN) was founded by the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and Hudson Valley Center for Innovation in 2010. Funded primarily through the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and supported by the National Science Foundation, iCLEAN works with clean energy, nanotechnology, and biotechnology companies throughout New York, the Northeast, and the rest of the country.
iCLEAN offers budding and seasoned entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, inventors, and innovators the highest levels of incubation and commercialization assistance, including access to world-class facilities and equipment, prototyping and advanced development capabilities, manufacturing and training expertise, along with executive mentoring and entrepreneurship education and outreach programs.
Over the past three years, iCLEAN has transformed from a purely energy-focused incubator program into the hub of innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship at CNSE and throughout New York’s Tech Valley. iCLEAN is responsible for creating, developing, and fostering all of CNSE’s spinout companies, which are based on emerging technologies being developed by CNSE and its partners. In addition, CNSE’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center has worked closely with companies commercializing nanotechnology-enabled energy and semiconductor technologies for more than a decade.
iCLEAN assists its member companies develop technologies and businesses through all stages of development while simultaneously helping them raise funding and collaborate with strategic partners to accelerate commercialization. In just the past three years, iCLEAN has directly assisted its member and graduate companies raise over $22.7 million from public and private sources, which in turn has created and retained 157 jobs.
iCLEAN is committed to three overriding principles:
- Technology and business development
- Commercialization acceleration
- Entrepreneurship education and training
Coinciding with these principles, CNSE and iCLEAN are committed to continuing to cultivate and grow a world-class innovation ecosystem for start-up and established clean energy, nanotechnology, and biotechnology companies in New York. This enables the companies working with iCLEAN and its partners, as well as all of the other ventures that benefit from iCLEAN’s various programs, to develop rapidly and organically, which keeps the public and private investments along with the jobs that these companies create right here in New York.
iCLEAN was founded on the premise that advanced technology innovations can only be meaningfully commercialized when they are scaled for the future.