Pat Sapinsley, managing director of cleantech initiatives at the Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon on My Climate Journey Podcast
Urban Future Lab is a non-profit center focused on cleantech innovation in New York that runs several programs focused on market-ready climate solutions. In 2014, Pat assumed the role of Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at Urban Future Lab, bringing over 15 years of expertise in the industry, connecting startups to funding sources, customers, and business mentors. Pat started her career as a LEED AP architect with a degree from Harvard's design school before shifting her focus to cleantech innovation. Since then, she has worked in venture capital at Good Energies and as a consultant and advisor to startups focused on building energy-efficient spaces. She also served as CEO of Watt Not, an LED lighting consultancy, and as President of Build Efficiently LLC, a firm deploying energy-efficient technologies.
In this episode, Pat and I cover her career leading up to Urban Future Lab, an overview of UFL's programs, and the criteria UFL looks for when determining which startups to back. We also dive into how policy affects UFL's work, UFL's success rate, and how the programs are funded. Pat is a fantastic guest, especially for founders and entrepreneurs in the cleantech space.