Congratulations to Dimensional Energy for winning this TAF MVP! Your hard work and determination paid off.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Per Stromhaug, Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development, Binghamton University; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany; Jason Salfi, CEO, Dimensional Energy and TAF MVP Winner; Dr. Grace Wang, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, SUNY and Interim President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Opportunities to Pitch
September 17, 2019
SUNY Polytechnic Institute


december 11, 2019
University at Albany


may 2020
Clayton Besch
Director, NYS Innovation VC Fund
Empire State Development

Eric Fasser
Design & Engineering Solutions Specialist

Erica Iannotti
Technology to Market Project Manager

Robert Manasier
Entrepreneur in Residence
New Ventures Manager
University at Albany

Ellen Roybal
Transition Leader, Systems and Information Manager
Distributed Solar Development
General Electric

Noa Simmons
Executive Director
Upstate Capital Association
Technology Accelerator Fund
Most Valuable Pitch 
Join us on Wednesday, December 11th
New this year to the Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) is the Most Valuable Pitch (“MVP”) Competition. The competition is an opportunity for SUNY startups to compete for a TAF investment of up to $50,000 to support fulfillment of development and commercialization of new products and services that transform lives.

Using the TAF platform, the Most Valuable Pitch (“MVP”) Competition uses an accelerated approach to invest in SUNY-affiliated startup companies. TAF MVP is an opportunity for SUNY startups and entrepreneurial teams to compete in person for an investment of up to $50,000 to support fulfillment of development and commercialization milestones and enhance the startup’s probability of success.

The TAF MVP event will feature presentations from 5-10 exciting early-stage cleantech companies working in water, wind, and energy storage. TAF MVP presenters seek business guidance and opportunities for networking within the industry.

The Technology Accelerator Fund is looking to support SUNY early-stage cleantech companies. TAF MVP participants present their business plan and in return receive business guidance and key connections, including advice on access to capital, strategic partnerships, and professional services.

The 2019 TAF MVP Competition will be held on December 11 at University at Albany campus where TAF MVP finalists will deliver a seven-minute pitch and compete for one award of up to $50,000.

Who is eligible:
- Startups that are licensees (or soon to be licensees) of SUNY technology.
- Startups that are tenants or participants of one of SUNY’s business incubator or accelerator programs.

What do you win:
Up to $50,000 award

Where do you compete:
University at Albany in Albany, NY

When does it happen:
- Applications are due November 26, 2019
- Finalist pitches are December 11, 2019

How do you win:
Follow the guidelines and complete a 2-page proposal and quad chart.

Most Important:
All TAF MVP Proposal should be submitted to no later than November 26, 2019.

TAF MVP Note Purchase Agreement
TAF MVP 2019 Participation Guidelines
TAF MVP Quad Chart

University at Albany
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room 
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY
Date & Time
December 11, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
1:30 PM
Coffee and Registration 
2:00 PM
2:10 PM
Pitch Competition  
3:50 PM
Deliberation and Panel Discussion: Future of Energy
Moderator: Nick Querques, The Research Foundation for SUNY
Panelists: Colby Creedon, NYSERDA
Don DeRosa, Eonix
Johanna Wellington, GE
4:45 PM
Award Announcement
4:50 PM
Dessert Reception
5:30 PM
Event Ends
We look forward to seeing you!

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