Business Incubator Series: Micah Kotch, NYC ACRE At NYU-Poly, New York (Part 1)

I am talking to Micah Kotch, who serves as director of operations for NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly (the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy). NYC ACRE is seeded by a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).

NYC ACRE was created in partnership with the  New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Investment Fund, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and NYU.

NYC ACRE is a subset of the NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator, which Micah also helps to run.

Irina: Hi, Micah. Why don’t you start with your background and how you arrived at this point?

Micah: Sure. I am an entrepreneur. In the late 1990s I wrote a business plan, while in China, focused on the wireless telecom space. At that time the wireless telecom companies were looking at monetizing their data networks. I raised capital and helped put the first game on AT&T’s data network in 1999.

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