We kick off the M-Corps program with a banker’s dozen of ambitious startups who are rethinking a wide range of products – from truck chassis to skylights. Not only are these founders building companies, they’re also core allies and mentors for each other along the journey.
Triple-pane, thermally-broken glass skylights for high-performance buildings.
Bioremediation products made of naturally occurring bacteria for cost-effective and energy-efficient pollution remediation.
Off-the-grid solar and thermoelectric products for lighting, charging, and cooking.
Domestic heating systems that provide inexpensive electricity and backup power using hydrokinetic generators.
Smart indoor farm systems for restaurants, hotels, and cafeterias.
IoT hardware for energy-efficient snow melt systems.
An IoT indoor farming automation platform.
Solar-powered fabric canopies for commercial, institutional, and residential customers.
Value-added agricultural products derived from food waste for hydroponic and soil systems.
Fully electric, zero-emission motorcycles.
Electric vehicle conversion kits for buses and trucks.
In spaces without exterior walls, roof daylight is a beneficial way to fulfill building codes and green building standards that require the use of daylight to improve human health and productivity. Current products are poorly insulated, have interior gutters to deal with condensation. Leading to cold, drafts and discomfort and high energy bills in winter. Overheating and glare in summer. Architects and owners thus avoid such products because of bad experiences and user complaints.
475 Lamilux skylight system offer a solution that allow all the benefits of daylight in interior spaces – while avoiding the downsides. The system is fully insulated and free of condensation by design. The skylight no longer has a negative impact on the performance of the enclosure because of it use, triple-pane glass, thermally broken frames, sits on a unique, fully insulated fiberglass curb, comes with shading and operable options. This means the product can be energy positive, both by reducing the amount of artificial light used in the building, minimized heat losses, maximize solar heat gains in winter and offer full protection against condensation – even in the middle of winter.475daylight.com
Allied Microbiota (AMB) develops microbes and other biological products to destroy harmful chemicals. As an environmental biotechnology company, AMB’s primary focus is on their breakthrough bio-remediation product PacBac, targeted at difficult-to-treat contaminants in the $20B remediation industry in the US. This cost-effective product can rapidly reduce recalcitrant, organic contaminants like dioxins, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other chlorinated compounds in soil and sediments.
Currently, they are conducting field tests with Clean Earth, one of the largest environmental engineering firms in the Northeast, at their New Castle, Delaware facility. Initial results are positive and tests will expand to commercial scale in 2019 as AMB increases production capacity. AMB was formed in 2017 from technology developed at Columbia University and is located at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.alliedmicrobiota.com
BioLite is on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere™ with revolutionary products that transform the way we cook, charge and light our lives off the grid. They are a team of engineers and designers, operators and analysts, storytellers and evangelists, who believe that advanced technologies, built on sustainable business practices, have the power to change the world. Their unique Parallel Innovation business model pairs the needs of families living in energy poverty with the passions of outdoor enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of life outdoors and on the go.bioliteenergy.com
Enviro Power is bringing to market the next generation of heating systems that generate electricity while producing heat. Designed for commercial and residential applications, Enviro Power’s SmartWatt Boilers generate low-cost electricity, provide backup power, lower your environmental footprint, and help balance the electric grid.enviropowertec.com
Farmshelf builds bookshelf-sized smart indoor farms for restaurants, hotels and cafeterias. Farmshelf turns food miles into food feet, by producing fresh leafy greens and herbs onsite. Their vision is of a more sustainable food system that will lead to people around the world using Farmshelf farms to grow their own food right in their restaurants, hotels, schools, cafeterias and homes.farmshelf.com
Frio provides automated snow melt control through our line of IoT controllers and accompanying cloud platform. The system combines weather data and heater feedback to optimize heater on-time, drastically improving efficiency over traditional snow melt control methods. Our connected controllers work with new and retrofit systems of all sizes, enabling efficient, hassle-free control for any snow melt system.frio.co
Nuravine is an environmental automation company serving the indoor farming and cultivation market. They develop sensor and actuation devices to monitor and maintain indoor environments while collecting data and optimizing for energy and yield targets. Their first product is the Elixir, a hydroponics water monitor that collects pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and temperature data. This system is designed to integrate with pumps that are capable of maintaining water conditions using corrective additives and nutrients.nuravine.com
Pvilion integrates solar cells with flexible materials, building products that generate electricity, ranging from backpacks & clothing to stadium roofs and building facades. Pvilion’s innovative solar powered fabric canopy designs are at the forefront of lightweight, sustainable architecture. Because their products provide more than just solar electricity, they often work with forward-thinking and environmentally-conscious clients who are trying to extend their sustainability initiatives into the realm of celebrated public spaces.pvilion.com
Re-Nuble uses an inexpensive, patent-pending process to transform food waste into chemical-free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation. The company is focused on the commercialization of technologies that optimize plant nutrition sourced from food waste.re-nuble.com
Tarform Motorcycles is an automotive startup company launching a new breed of electric motorcycles. The company is based both in Brooklyn, New York and in Stockholm, Sweden. Tarform’s mission is to set a new standard for two-wheeled transport by developing fully electric, zero-emission premium motorcycles, using sustainable materials and smart connectivity.tarform.com
Unique Electric Solutions Incorporated (UES) is a provider of electric propulsion and power systems for commercial trucks. UES is commercializing two products an all-electric drive system for Class 4 thru 7 Trucks and Buses and is fielded with major fleets. UES’s products were developed by a multidisciplinary team of industry veterans. UES is going to market via existing vehicle retrofits, with a certain future to provide kits to OEM vehicle manufacturers. UES is focused on fleet conversions for operations in highly congested cities where there is a high sensitivity to airborne emissions and noise.uesmfg.com