Advancing Clean Energy Startups
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The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator is one of six NYSERDA - funded incubators in New York State, whose mission is to provide critical resources to promote successful Clean Energy businesses.

Expert Connections
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Experts in the clean energy field work hands-on with member startups to ensure progress and maximize impact.

Complimentary Resources
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The program's connection with Binghamton University can match researchers and graduate students with SCI members . The XCEED program can pay for interns, the I-Corps program provides customer discovery grants, and the Startup-NY program can alleviate tax costs for ten years.

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SCI Members

Out of State Members

76West Clean Energy Competition Finalists

International Company

About SCI

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  

The 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.  

The Facility

SCI is headquartered at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton, NY. The facility offers 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.

Meet the Talent

Mike Jagielski, Program Director

Michael (Mike) Jagielski is a seasoned business executive and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working with CEO’s of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100. Mike was previously with Micatu Inc., which was the “grand prize winner” of the inaugural 76West Clean Energy Competition and served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer for the last 8 years. Mike is considered an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Solution Sales Methodologies and Business Monetization Strategies with a successful track record of bringing new technologies to market. 

Mike has served as an Advisory Board member for the Koffman Incubator since its inception. As the Program Director for the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator, a NYSERDA supported program, Mike utilizes his passion for mentoring entrepreneurs to rapidly expand the presence of clean energy businesses budding in the Southern Tier. He helps move clean technologies to market and focuses on creating an ecosystem where members can leverage the extraordinary network of resources available from Binghamton University, the incubator and the Southern Tier to ensure commercial success, create jobs and increase the critical presence of clean energy locally, nationally, globally.          

Emma Baudendistel, Program Administrator

Emma Baudendistel provides extensive support to the Southern Tier Clean Tech Incubator, recruiting companies to the region and working directly with NYSERDA on grant milestones and the 76West program.

Emma works as a liaison between SCI member companies and other resources available. She coordinates access to the four other programs offered by the Office of Entrepreneurship and assists in office and lab acquisition. 

Her multi-faceted talent pool is the perfect complement to a program with deep connections with surrounding manufacturers, universities as well as NYSERDA.

Additionally, she serves as a key coordinator in event planning and maintains the customer relationship management tool for the entire Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships.  

Meet Mike, The New Director of the Clean Energy Incubator

Michael (Mike) Jagielski joins the team with him over 30 years of experience working with CEOs of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100.

Switched Source Wins $725k Grant to Adapt Grid for Clean Energy

Their Tie Controller enables automated routing of controlled amounts of real and reactive power across circuit feeders to boost system performance while reducing the risk of disruptions.

[Video] Hatch Story: Ashlawn Energy

Ashlawn Energy is developing and producing their VanCharg™ battery system which stores enough electricity to provide back-up power to hundreds of homes and support the transmission and distribution of electricity.

Startup Plans to Manufacture Futuristic Boiler System in Southern Tier

“Here we are now with a complete design, it’s operating. We have the customer interest, we’re hoping for investor interest. But it’s all because we’re located here at the Koffman Incubator,” says Brookman.

Clean Energy Incubator Supports Student Hackers

The Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator sponsored a first-place prize of $1000 dollars for the Best Clean Energy Hack competition category, in support of student and environmental innovation.

[Video] Hatch Story: BRASH Engines

Mike Brookman, CEO of BRASH Engines, is transforming the whole boiler industry with his innovative home heating system.

AgZeit’s Secret Ingredient: Community

AgZeit Farms is pioneering sustainable indoor growing methods with assistance from business incubators, schools and support from the local community.

The startup competition that is making a meaningful difference in cleantech

New York State’s 76West Clean Energy Competition awards a total of $2.5 million each year to the most promising clean energy start-ups to build clean energy businesses and jobs in the State’s Southern Tier region.

Syndem Awarded $600,000 to Progress Solar Innovation

Based in Chicago, incubator member Syndem has an interest in utilizing resources in Southern Tier New York to further develop their technology.

Clean Energy Incubator Company Wins $50k in CleanTech Competition

Dimensional Energy won a $50,000 investment at the Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) Most Valuable Pitch (MVP) CleanTech Competition held at the University at Albany on December 11



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