Urban Future Lab is the center of cleantech innovation in New York. We are leading the way to a more sustainable world by connecting people, capital, and purpose to advance market-ready solutions to address climate change.
Our 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.
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The Urban Future Prize is a cash award given to a startup developing an innovative solution towards climate change. The Prize is administered by the Urban Future Lab, NYC’s leading hub for cleantech entrepreneurship, and awarded by an esteemed selection committee that includes some of the world’s top venture investors.
ACRE is NYC's premier cleantech incubator housed at the Urban Future Lab. ACRE helps cleantech, smart grid and sustainable smart cities companies grow, advancing the city as a role model for a low-carbon future, while also creating jobs. NYC stands to gain significantly by helping innovative startup technology companies that are able to address our most pressing energy and environmental needs. ACRE is funded by NYSERDA, NYU, and our generous corporate partners.
PowerBridgeNY is a NYSERDA funded proof-of-concept center that identifies promising early stage clean energy technology from institutional research labs and invests in translational work to advance these technologies towards technical and customer validation and scalability. PowerbridgeNY is an unprecedented collaboration between six downstate institutions convened to foster a more robust ecosystem around the clean energy sector in downstate New York.
The Clean Start Program is a rigorous one semester Diploma Program from the NYU School of Professional Studies designed to transition students for a new career in cleantech. Mid-career professionals from diverse sectors, acquire the information necessary to work in the clean energy economy and learn technical, analytical, and systems thinking skills from entrepreneurs and industry leaders through hands-on experiential learning, mentorships, and capstone projects. Capstones either pair students with companies from the ACRE incubator and the NYC cleantech ecosystem or allow students to pursue their own ventures.