April 20th, 2011

NYC Bets Big on Cleantech: An Interview with the Director of NYC ACRE Incubator


New York City is so close to Boston yet I know relatively little about the energy industry there. So, the day before I flew over to Europe, I decided to check out NYC’s cleantech incubator called ACRE which stands for “Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Economy“. It was started by a $1.5million dollar grant from NYSERDA to NYC Poly . The grant was made in collaboration with NYCEDC, NYCIF, Columbia Univ., NYU, and Pratt Institute. They put on awesome events, so sign up for their newsletter if you want to keep in touch with them and utilize a great resource in the city. Lastly, if you’re an executive looking to transfer into cleantech, you should look into their Cleantech execs program.

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NYC ACRE currently hosts 10 of NYCs best startup companies and I sat down with Micah Kotch, the managing director of ACRE, before we spoke with a a number of the companies involved.

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August 3rd, 2010

5 Marketing Lessons from the #greenENT Summit in NYC


Last week, I went down to NYC to get my feet wet and explore the green scene in the big, hopefully green, apple. So, I figured the Green Entrepreneurship Summit would be a good place to start. A huge shout out to Erica Grigg who told me about the event and invited me to come down.

There were two awesome panels, one on marketing and the other on financing. My buddy Kosta Stavreas did an awesome compilation of thoughts from the finance panel and I’m going to share what I learned from the marketing panel. + Continue Reading

July 28th, 2010

Hot Tips for Raising Money from the Green Entrepreneur Summit


Yesterday, Chris and I attended the Green Entrepreneur Summit in New York.  It was a completely sold out event, and rightfully so.  The panelists and audience were high-quality business leaders who are the lifeblood of the cleantech scene in New York.

I went back through my notes and there was some great insight shared by the Funding Strategies Panel on how to raise capital for a cleantech or sustainability venture.  The panelists were heavy-hitters with long track records of successfully raising substantial amounts of capital (in the 10’s and 100’s of millions) and commercializing technologies in the ‘green’ space. + Continue Reading

July 22nd, 2010

LIVE from the Green Entrepreneurship Summit NYC


Right now, I’m sitting in a room at the Hope Lodge at 132 W 32nd Street in NYC waiting for the Green Entrepreneurship Summit to start.

If you’re interested in learning about the green scene in NYC, here’s your chance.

If you want to see what’s happening, follow the #greenENT tag on twitter

The event is sold out, but if you want to watch it we’ll be streaming live via ustream. Here is the agenda to event, there are going to be some great speakers. Finally, here is the Green Entrepreneurship Summit Ustream

I have my video camera so I’m planning on getting some more in depth videos that I’ll follow up with.

July 14th, 2010

The Birth of GLD New York City


Hi, my name is Kosta and this is my first post as an Insider for The Green Light Distrikt.

Over the weekend, GLD has had a baby!

It’s a surprise, I know, and a very short pregnancy, but we now have a new member of the family: a new chapter in New York City.  Things move quickly around here!

Last week Chris put up a post expressing an interest in exploring the cleantech industry outside of Boston.  Which I personally believe is a brilliant idea because the industry has a presence in a number of locations around the United States. (Check out our survey) + Continue Reading