NYSERDA EIR Program

About the NYSERDA EIR Program

NYSERDA identifies a company that could benefit from executive level assistance and approves its involvement in the Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) program. Once approved, HTR works with the company to understand its specific needs, then provides the company with a pool of qualified EIRs to select from based on those needs. The engagement is project-driven and therefore has a predetermined timeline with project- appropriate milestones generated by the company and the EIR, and approved by HTR and the project’s NYSERDA sponsor (NYSERDA Incubator Manager or NYSERDA Project Manager).

What is the goal of the program?

The goal of the NYSERDA EIR program is to support NYSERDA associated early-stage companies through specific projects and/or mentoring and strategic advice, managed by an experienced EIR. The outcome of these engagements should be demonstrated progress in achieving milestones that ultimately will lead to revenue and job growth.

How does the program work?

NYSERDA identifies a company that could benefit from executive level assistance and approves its involvement in the EIR program. Once approved, HTR works with the company to understand its specific needs, then provides a pool of qualified EIRs to select from based on those needs. The engagement is project-driven and therefore has a predetermined timeline with project- appropriate milestones generated by the company and the EIR, and approved by HTR and the project’s NYSERDA sponsor (NYSERDA Incubator Manager or NYSERDA Project Manager).

Companies may receive assistance under this program in the following areas, including but not limited to:

  • Business plan development
  • Business plan/investor presentations
  • Strategic plan development
  • Sales and marketing strategy development
  • Staffing strategies for growth and resource planning
  • Budget and financial strategy
  • Strategic partnering, acquisitions
  • Strategy for seeking additional financing/funding sources
  • Strategic operations planning
  • IP strategy
  • Board composition and management

How do companies participate in the program?

Companies that have New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding, are participating in a NYSERDA program, or are interested in participating in the EIR program. Please contact your NYSERDA Project Manager to inquire about participation. Alternatively, you may contact our Venture Development Manager, Shannon Bean at High Tech Rochester.

Program Contact

Shannon Bean

Venture Development Manager
Shannon.bean@htr.org

585.214.0581