Become part of the clean energy revolution 

Southern Tier Clean ENergy Incubator

The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator (SCI) program leverages deep research and development resources at Binghamton University and the Koffman Incubator to offer a full suite of mentoring, networking, training and technical support to emerging clean energy companies  

Our Mission

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) SCI strives to start, attract, and grow clean energy companies to drive economic growth and further Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goals.  

Our Home

SCI is headquartered at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton, offering office space, wet and dry labs, conference rooms, co-working spaces and public reception areas. The Koffman serves as a central hub for clean energy entrepreneurial activity in the region.  

Our Team

Clean Energy Program Director Alex Hagen oversees the program with extensive management and start-up experience. He utilizes real-world knowledge to mentor and direct the growing number of member companies participating in the program.  

Alex Hagen

Clean Energy Program Director

Alex leads our team with extensive management and start-up experience. He has worked with energy companies over the past 9 years and also has managed teams in manufacturing, operations, finance, and accounting. Currently the CFO at ShrubBucket.com, Alex brings real-world experience when meeting with the clean energy companies at SCI and makes member companies’ success his passion

Emma Baudendistel

Clean Energy Program Administrator

Emma manages the many technical aspects of the SCI Program. She is an experienced administrative professional with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry on high priority projects. She has eight years of legal experience and provides support to the SCI Program and its companies

EMPEQ Awarded $500,000 to Provide Energy Efficient Solutions

EMPEQ, Inc. has been awarded $500,000 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for their novel business model which proliferates cleantech solutions.

Clean Energy Highlight: ChromaNanoTech

Our prime focus for applications of our technology is passive solar: we can block the infrared light coming through a window which keeps the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter.

Clean Energy Incubator Member, Skyven, In Chobini’s Inaugural Startup Class

Skyven Technologies, which uses Intelligent Mirror Array technology to source thermal energy from the sun and supply industrial boilers, identified ways Chobani could use the technology to reduce their fuel consumption.

Incubator Companies Join Forces for First Hemp Grow

AgZeit is planting hemp for the first time this season with the help of CSG Hemp. The company provides the hemp plants to 18 farms across the state.

New Investment Program Manager Spearheads Investor Activity for Local Startups

Investment Program Manager Christine Marchuska joined the Koffman Incubator team in February 2019, bringing with her vast investment experience from her time on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

EMPEQ Awarded $100k Through NYSERDA Ignition Grant

“Receiving the Ignition Grant contract propelled EMPEQ into the next stage of growth allowing for increased capacity in all facets of the business,” said Herbert Dwyer, CEO of EMPEQ.

[Video] Why Start a Business in the Southern Tier?

The genius of American manufacturing was established in New York’s Southern Tier and forward-thinking companies are keeping that spirit alive today.

[Video] Re-live the 2019 Southern Tier Startup Summit

The summit unites entrepreneurs, business professionals, founders, investors and economic catalysts from the area to participate in various networking and business events.

C4V Batteries Finding Use in Maritime Environments

C4V and MARTAC collaborated for the last 15 months to fully demonstrate the efficacy of C4V’s major advancement in high-performance battery cells.

Second-Annual Startup Summit Unites the Business Community

The day-long event, hosted by BU’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, was composed of a series of panels and pitch events for students, businesses and investors to attend.

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“It didn’t take long before knowing we had found our home in Binghamton and in the Koffman Incubator” – James Abrams, CEO Ethosgen
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