Emerging Cleantech


(ECO) Incubator


Launch NY's Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator is part of the six incubators administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), for high-growth cleantech companies. ECO provides 1-on-1 mentoring, support, networking events, and access to funding and additional NYSERDA resources, to support early-stage companies to help them achieve key milestones and accelerate their time to market.


Resources Available



  • Access to apply to NYSERDA’s Ignition Grants

    NYSERDA program providing up to $100,000 in non-dilutive grant funding to cleantech companies working with a NYSERDA sponsored incubator, such as ECO, to provide seed capital to help such clients achieve technical or commercialization objectives which will help achieve near-term outcomes, such as raising investment capital, securing corporate/strategic partnerships, and engaging potential customers/partners

  • Access to apply to the Launch NY Seed Fund

    A nonprofit seed fund, fueled by grants and donations, that is designed to provide $25,000 to $100,000 in investment capital to companies who meet Launch NY’s criteria and have been working with a Launch NY Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIRs) for at least three months.


Pro-bono 1-on-1 mentoring with 1 of Launch NY’s 22 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR)

Access to Launch NY’s National Mentor Network of over 2000 industry experts

Access to NYSERDA’s statewide EIR program for executive mentoring and coaching support. (link)


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What is Cleantech?

who should apply




Cleantech companies can include those who have positive impacts on energy, water or waste consumption, emissions, or sustainability. ECO Incubator works with a wide range of cleantech startups including, hardware technologies, software technologies, services, and processes that contribute to reaching New York State energy goals and/or enable the transition to a sustainable and clean energy economy.


  • Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D

    President & CEO, Launch NY

    Executive Director & Advisory Board Chair, ECO Incubator





    Dr. Marnie LaVigne has spent more than 25 years in both the private and public sectors creating new products and start-up businesses, driving innovation and economic growth in high-tech industries, such as life sciences, informatics, and advanced manufacturing.


    In, 2014, she became the President and CEO of Launch NY, a 27-county venture development organization that she co-founded with other Buffalo boosters and whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture of Upstate New York. Previously, she led economic development efforts for nearly ten years at the University at Buffalo. Before UB, Dr. LaVigne was in lead entrepreneurial roles in the private sector, including co-founder and executive management in two start-ups with initial public offerings, along with her work driving new product development in large corporations.


    Dr. LaVigne has a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in clinical psychology, both from the University of Rochester. She is Chair of the New York State Economic Development Council and serves on numerous other boards.


  • Paul Tyno

    ECO Incubator Program Director





    Paul Tyno is a respected energy industry professional who has led multiple energy services companies to become integral resource partners with utility companies, Regional Transmission Organizations, Independent System Operators, program participants, federal and state regulatory agencies, trade associations, economic development organizations, and affiliate service providers.


    In addition to his role with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) as Strategic Advisor for Energy Initiatives, Mr. Tyno is serving as the ECO Incubator Program Director. Prior to joining the BNMC in 2014, he served in lead roles with REGEN Energy in Toronto, Viridity Energy in Philadelphia, Direct Options in Cincinnati, Constellation Energy in New York, and Energy Curtailment Specialists in Buffalo.


    His background includes building, designing and implementing complex demand response/load management programs and related demand side management solutions. Mr. Tyno is a nationally recognized industry spokesperson and demand response subject area expert. He is the past Chairman of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), a professional industry organization.


  • Danielle Blount

    Project Manager, Launch NY

    Program Coordinator, ECO Incubator



    Danielle is a Project Manager with Launch NY. She began with Launch NY during her MBA studies as an intern in the summer of 2015 through 2016, and joined full time after graduation. Danielle attended University at Buffalo for both her graduate and undergraduate studies, receiving her BA in Political Science and International Studies, in 2013, and her MBA in June 2016. Prior to returning to University at Buffalo for her graduate studies, Danielle worked at BlueCross BlueShield of WNY as a Network Development Associate focused on data and incentive reporting for a 500 physician network. During this time she received her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University in August 2014. Danielle currently serves as a member of the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumni Board, in Kenmore, NY, where she also served as head and assistant coach of both the Varsity and JV Lacrosse Program from 2010-2016.




Aliesa Adelman

Director of Sustainability, Wendel

Andrew Dorn


Energy Solutions Consortium

Advisory Board


Dennis Elsenbeck

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services,

Phillips Lytle LLP

Timothy Geiger


STARK Technologies Group, Inc.

Robert Neubert


UB Entrepreneurship Academy, University at Buffalo School of Management


Adam Stotz, Ph.D

Chief Technology Officer,

TROVE Predictive Data Science

Kelly Tyler

Director, Communities and Local Government,

New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)






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