June 6, 2013

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Lisa Doerner



Digital Rochester Event Explores Clean Energy

A chance for entrepreneurs to learn about working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Rochester, NY - Michael Shimazu and a panel of Rochester-based clean energy leaders will discuss how NYSERDA develops and commercializes clean energy ventures in New York at an upcoming Digital Rochester event.


Featured speaker Mike Shimazu is NYSERDA Senior Project Manager for Innovation and Business Development. Shimazu will describe NYSERDA's Research & Development and business development programs, and what interested parties must know in order to participate. 


Three other speakers will address the experience of working with NYSERDA:


Doreen Kula is the Venture Development Manager at High Tech Rochester (HTR) and Director of the NYSERDA Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) Program. Kula will explain the EIR program, how it operates, what she looks for in a mentor and how to apply. The NYSERDA EIR Program, administered statewide by HTR, recently won second place in the National Business Incubation Association's Incubation Innovation Award.


Bill Jones, Director of the NYSERDA-designated Clean Energy Incubator at RIT's Venture Creations, will speak to how his incubator works and what they look for in applicants.


Mike Perrotta is Chief Operating Officer at MicroGen, a recipient of NYSERDA program awards. Perotta will talk about how valuable NYSERDA has been and how they helped accelerate MicroGen's growth.


The event, geared toward entrepreneurs interested in clean energy, will take place on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Center. Registration is limited to 50 attendees and costs $20 for Digital Rochester Members, $30 for Non Members. Register at



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