NYU Tandon School of Engineering and German Accelerator Bring German Green Tech to NY
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering Incubator network and German Accelerator recently began working together to bring German energy-efficient engineering to the United States. The first German green-tech company to join the German Accelerator—housed within the NYU Tandon Incubator system—is MeteoViva GmbH, a SaaS (software as a service) provider for green building management.
The German Accelerator brings German and green-tech information and communications technology startups to either New York or Silicon Valley for a three-month acceleration program. The program helps companies develop their U.S. go-to-market strategies. The German Accelerator is housed in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Varick Street Incubator in New York City.
MeteoViva becomes the first German Accelerator startup to be headquartered in the NYU Urban Future Lab in Downtown Brooklyn, alongside the other clean-tech and clean-energy companies that are part of NYC ACRE, the city’s foremost incubator for the sector.
MeteoViva Climate is a unique SaaS solution that helps customers save an average of 25 percent of energy costs in corporate buildings. The solution ensures the right climate in a customer building while reducing energy costs and carbon footprint with an easy-to-use Web interface.
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering Incubator system has grown from one to three sites: in Manhattan, Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood and Downtown Brooklyn. During 2015, the network sharpened its policy of co-locating companies according to technology sector: DUMBO hosts digital media startups, Varick Street emphasizes data-enabled companies, and the Urban Future Lab and its NYC ACRE incubator are home to clean tech.
Max Wieberneit, president of MeteoViva Inc., said: “We are off to a great start in the United States. With our team in Washington D.C. and our strong implementation partners in the United States, we are now looking for clients with large commercial buildings in excess of 200,000 square feet. Our groundbreaking technology cuts costs and improves transparency for building owners.”
“The international partnership with German Accelerator and companies such as MeteoViva that it supports demonstrate our commitment to clean technology and green building,” said Kurt Becker, NYU Tandon vice dean for research, innovation and entrepreneurship. He added: “During 2015, we began a shift in strategic direction by complementing our proven early-stage nurturing with new, rigorous procedures to better prepare graduating companies for their next stage of growth. You will see us accelerating these efforts in 2016 with an increased emphasis on one-on-one mentoring focused on marketing, accounting, gaining access to customers, and connecting to capital and the investor community.”
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu