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NYCEDC Announces Request for Proposals to Support Clean Technology Entrepreneurship in New York City

NYC Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center Will Help Cleantech and Energy Entrepreneurs Grow Early-Stage Businesses in the City.

Part of the Bloomberg Administration Efforts to Further Diversify New York City’s Economy New York, NY, January 23, 2013 – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced 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 Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to diversify the City’s economy,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “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: co-located or adjacent space for testing and showcasing products and services.

– Education: co-located programming for accelerator users and the broader community.

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.

A copy of the RFP can be found here. Responses are due on Friday, February 22, 2013, with selection expected in the spring of 2013.

For more information on NYCEDC’s other programs that support the clean technology and energy industries, please click here.