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. In the inaugural class, we incubated 10 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 (NYSERDA)’s climate tech startup suite of programs. SecondMuse’s portion of the program focuses on helping downstate-based startups, is in partnership with Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, Engineering For Change, Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council,
New Lab, and Urban Future Lab.

 

SecondMuse
SecondMuse is an impact and innovation company that builds resilient economies by supporting entrepreneurs and the ecosystems around them. They do this by designing, developing, and implementing a mix of innovation programming and investing capital. From Singapore to San Francisco, SecondMuse programs define inspiring visions, build lasting businesses and unite people across the globe. Over the last decade, they’ve designed and implemented programs on 7 continents with 600+ organizations such as NASA, The World Bank, and Nike. To find out more about how SecondMuse is positively shaping the world, visit secondmuse.com or join SecondMuse on Twitter and Instagram.

 

NextCorps
NextCorps provides a suite of services, including technology commercialization support for very early-stage opportunities, business incubation for high-growth potential startups, and growth services, for manufacturing companies seeking to improve their top- and bottom-line performance.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Engineering For Change
Engineering For Change (E4C)’s mission is to prepare, educate and activate the international engineering workforce to improve the quality of life of underserved communities around the world. We do this by providing resources and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and ensure public health and safety around the globe.

 

Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council
The Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council (Maiic) is a Mayoral Industry Partnership that supports the sustainability and growth of New York’s manufacturing and industrial sectors. MaiiC represents the spectrum of industrial activities in the five boroughs, including (i) manufacturing and production, (ii) transportation, logistics, and distribution, and (iii) infrastructure services and utilities.

 

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.

Why climate tech?

Climate Tech (or 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.

Our program helps New York-based or, if the team or company is not based in New York State, a benefit to New York State, startups bring climate tech 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 New York State, or, if the not, does your team or company have a benefit to New York State?

 

While applications for the next cohort are currently closed, please 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.

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 bi-weekly engagement remotely through Fall 2021. We expect participating cohort members to dedicate 10-12 hours/month to the program.

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. Our programs are designed to help cleantech/climate tech companies discover what they don’t know about manufacturing in order to prepare and navigate getting their product made more easily.