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The NEIR Program, administered by Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) since November 2018, works with climate tech startup companies that need help from seasoned, executive-level mentors to accelerate their commercialization process. We compensate our top-flight EIRs so that the NEIR program is available free of charge to eligible climate tech companies providing a benefit to New York State.  

Since NYSERDA began the EIR program in 2010:

  • 400+ cleantech companies have received help from EIRs; and

  • These companies have raised approximately $900 million in investments while commercializing and selling products that have led to the avoidance of greenhouse gases and the creation of clean energy jobs in New York State.​


About 90% of all startups fail. According to Cambridge Associates venture-backed startups fail approximately 60% of the time. The NYSERDA EIR program, administered by CTV,  works to improve those outcomes by helping guide earlier-stage companies (seed and growth stages) through obstacles that often prevent entrepreneurial success. The EIRs work on specific projects to help reach revenue goals and produce overall growth.


In addition to working with the number NYSERDA-supported accelerators, incubators, and other entrepreneurial programs, the NYSERDA EIR program has worked to develop partnerships with other entrepreneurial entities. The EIR program provides both mentoring and C-level matching services to participating startups.

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Tim Hoffman


Over 20 years of investment banking experience, including focus on Cleantech and Clean Energy. NY Director Cleantech Open Northeast. Board experience with NECECi and Cleantech Open.



Experienced innovation and entrepreneurship professional with 10+ years of experience supporting startups through entrepreneurship programs within economic development, academic, and government agencies. NYBPC Steering Committee member, certified NSF I-Corps instructor and mentor, and former Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellow.

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Experienced innovation and entrepreneurship professional, including Entrepreneurship Manager for CenterStateCEO and The Tech Garden (GENIUS NY, NYSERDA Clean Tech Center, DOE EPIC program). Previous experience includes City of Syracuse and working in politics.

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Recent graduate looking to expand her network and knowledge in climate tech. She is a dynamic team player with a background in higher education admissions and operations. She is also credited for her extensive philanthropy work with underrepresented minority groups.

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