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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 over $600 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. NYC Metro Director Cleantech Open Northeast. Board experience with NECEC and Cleantech Open.



Innovation and entrepreneurship professional with 10+ years supporting early-stage ventures including student and high-growth tech startups. Former Director of Operations of tech incubator and Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow.

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Professional and MBA graduate with double concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing. Experience in economic and workforce development, community engagement and supporting diverse founders in the technology industry.

Carter Schmitt


Emerging professional with degrees in Environmental Science, Spanish, and Urban Planning. Experience in government, research, and fundraising. Passionate about  protecting the environment. 

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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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