FAQ

 

What is M-Corps?

M-Corps is SecondMuse’s statewide manufacturing program designed to support NY-based cleantech startups to get to market faster by reducing headaches associated with manufacturing. M-Corps is funded by NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. We’re currently incubating 11 startups ranging from smart snowmelt systems to solar-powered canopies. Companies are coached by their peers, a community of technical experts, customized accountability teams and a network of partners. There is no cost to participate, we take no equity, and you can learn more about what we’re up to here.

Who’s behind M-Corps?

M-Corps is a manufacturing program by SecondMuse in NYC and NextCorps in Rochester. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, it’s the newest edition to NYSERDA’s cleantech startup suite of programs. SecondMuse’s portion of the program focuses on helping downstate-based startups, is in partnership with New Lab, Urban Future Lab, PowerbridgeNY, Clean Energy Business Incubator Program and is sponsored by Dragon Innovation.

 

SecondMuse
For the past 10 years, SecondMuse has collaborated with visionary governments, corporations, foundations and startups to build 21st century economies. In addition to M-Corps, current programs include Futureworks with NYCEDC, The Incubator Network with Circulate Capital, NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, LAUNCH, Seafood Innovation Project with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Out of the Blue Box with Great Barrier Reef Foundation and more. To learn more about SecondMuse, visit secondmuse.com or join SecondMuse on Twitter and Instagram.

 

NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, established in 1975, is a New York State public-benefit corporation, located in Albany, New York, with regional offices in New York City, Buffalo, and West Valley.

 

NextCorps
NextCorps is a nonprofit whose mission is to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship in the Rochester area and Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.

 

New Lab
New Lab opened in June 2016, as a multi-disciplinary technology center. Housed in Building 128 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the $35 million project serves as a hardware-focused shared workspace, research lab, and hatchery for socially-oriented tech manufacturing.  New Lab is a platform for scaling frontier technologies. They champion the world’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs and partner with corporate and city stakeholders to catalyze innovation.

 

Urban Future Lab
Urban Future Lab is a center of cleantech innovation in New York. They are leading the way to a more sustainable world by connecting people, capital, and purpose to advance market-ready solutions to address climate change. Programs include ACRE, a business incubation program for pre-seed to Series A startups; PowerBridgeNY, a proof-of-concept center commercializing research from local universities; and Clean Start, an advanced diploma from NYU for people seeking a transition into the cleantech sector. The UFL is part of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and is located in the Downtown Brooklyn.

 

PowerbridgeNY
PowerBridgeNY is two separate proof-of-concept centers (POCC), both funded by NYSERDA, collaborating as one program. One POCC is led by Columbia University and includes Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell Tech, and Stony Brook University. The other POCC is led by the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University and includes the City University of New York.

 

Clean Energy Business Incubator Program
The Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University provides assistance and resources for developers of disruptive renewable and clean energy technologies. Supported by NYSERDA, CEBIP seeks to address many key needs of an early-stage, energy-based technology business. CEBIP continuously works towards the development of a successful clean energy economy on Long Island, with the ultimate goal of creating new jobs and making a strong economic impact in New York.

 

Dragon Innovation
Dragon Innovation helps hardware teams navigate the path from a prototype to high-volume factory production. Customers like Pebble, MakerBot, SharkINinja, Link by AKC, Moment, ReMarkable, and hundreds of others have used Dragon’s proven process, software, and deep expertise to understand manufacturing costs and schedules, find factories, manage production, and more.

Why cleantech?

Cleantech describes any process, product, or service that reduces harmful environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, energy storage, transportation, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities including integrating smart technology into homes, buildings, cities, and grids.

 

M-Corps helps New York-based startups bring cleantech products to market that can help achieve the state’s clean energy and emissions-reduction goals.

Do startups have to manufacture in New York?

No 🙂

 

While the program hopes to increase local manufacturing, we know that supply chains are spread across the country and beyond. There are no production requirements to join M-Corps.

Who should apply?

Are you developing a product that reduces energy use or has the potential to reduce energy use? Are you expecting to manufacture in the next year? Do you have a team working to build your product and company? Do you have access to funding to support your prototype and manufacturing process? Are you based in NY state?

 

If so, YES, you should absolutely apply! But not quite yet. We’re currently working with 11 startups and plan to invite a new cohort to join the program later in 2019.

 

For now, sign up for our mailing list where you’ll get invited to essential manufacturing workshops, manufacturer visits and receive curriculum that could be useful to your journey. Also check out SecondMuse’s sister program, Futureworks Incubator, which supports New York City-based startups and is funded by NYCEDC.

How does M-Corps benefit startups?

As a selected startup, you will receive one-on-one attention to help you navigate and make critical decisions throughout the manufacturing process. M-Corps’ support includes but is not limited to access to technical experts and materials to guide you, access to suppliers and manufacturers, coaching and prep to make meaningful connections with potential suppliers, access to the NYSERDA network of programs and resources, opportunities to demo and showcase what you are doing to interested investors, partners and supplies, subsidies to support development of your product and contributions toward manufacturing runs on an as-needed basis.

 

There will be weekly engagement both in-person and remotely through Dec. 31, 2019. Startups will also receive Dragon Innovation’s Product Planner for free. Typically priced at $250 per month, M-Corps startups gain access to Product Planner as well as engineering support throughout the program. Learn more about Product Planner here.

What inspired M-Corps?

After years of working with hardware startups and hundreds upon hundreds of conversations with founders, it’s clear: manufacturing is confusing, difficult, expensive, time consuming, painful, and sometimes even a fatal endeavor for a startup. Miscalculations, faulty designs and bad decisions can put a startup under and prevent innovation from getting to market. M-Corps is designed to help cleantech companies discover what they don’t know about manufacturing in order to prepare and navigate getting their product made more easily.

What’s the best New York apple?

We firmly believe it’s the Honeycrisp. Originally developed at the University of Minnesota, New York plants more and more Honeycrisp trees across the state each year.

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M-Corps is New York State’s first cleantech manufacturing program. Led by SecondMuse, funded by NYSERDA, sponsored by Dragon Innovation, and in partnership with NextCorps, New Lab, Urban Future Lab, PowerbridgeNY and the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, M-Corps is helping propel the state forward. We are currently recruiting technical experts to mentor startups in the following areas: design-for-manufacturing, industrial design, sourcing, supply chain, logistics, inventory management, fundraising and investment, operations. If you’d like to join M-Corps’ statewide coalition, apply below! 

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