TEC Innovates

What is the TEC Innovates program?

The TEC Innovates program is designed to engage “Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC)” companies in the development of innovative new products that monitor and control energy and environmental quality in built environments—homes, schools, offices, factories, and neighborhoods—and in related applications, such as food production, transport, and preservation. The program offers assistance to start-up ventures and established companies.

Supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur regional entrepreneurial activity, TEC Innovates is one of 27 projects selected nationwide to receive funding under the Economic Development Administration’s 2017 “i6 Challenge.” TEC Innovates is a three-year project led by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) in partnership with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO).

The project builds on successful outcomes of the recent initiative in Advanced Manufacturing for Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC). The AM-TEC project was a collaborative initiative designed to establish a regional cluster of TEC manufacturers in the 12-counties of CenterState New York. More than 60 firms were engaged in AM-TEC activities.

Who’s eligible to participate?

TEC Innovates targets companies in the sector throughout the five counties of Central New York—Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego—and the seven surrounding counties that are included in the CenterState region: Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Seneca, St. Lawrence and Tompkins.

Key program opportunities include:

  1. Cluster networking opportunities – Participate in monthly “TEC Tuesdays,” which feature tours of TEC companies and and networking opportunities. Previous tours have been held at Carrier Corporation, Bitzer Scroll, Intertek, Air Innovations, Healthway Home Products, G.A. Braun, and more.
    TEC Tuesday's Nomination Form
  2. Innovation ideation engages cluster firms and market representatives to identify opportunities for developing new products.
    • TEC Challenge competitions
      TEC Challenge competitions will be developed based on market needs identified by stakeholders, including building owners in New York City.
    • Technology Roadmaps
      Technology research and development (R&D) roadmaps relevant to the TEC cluster will be available to TEC companies.
  3. Product development assistance provides reduced cost access to
    • Analysis & Design Center (ADC) services
      The ADC assists TEC companies with product design by providing reduced-cost access to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and heat transfer analysis design solutions.
    • Proof-of-concept testing services
      SyracuseCoE will work with companies, faculty and graduate students, and CenterState CEO to develop product testing services and solutions for TEC companies.
  4. Market feedback
    • Bridge to Market program
      TEC companies may be invited to pitch products and prototypes to market representatives in NYC.
    • Targeted customer engagements
  5. New venture acceleration services 
  6. Workforce development
    • TEC firms will be surveyed as part of CenterState CEO’s Talent Task Force to understand workforce needs, skill gaps, and career pathways in the cluster and throughout the region. The task force will use these findings to develop a new talent plan for the region.

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Testimonials from AM-TEC program participants:

“The quality of what we got was over the top, it was 100%. I can’t say enough about the collaborative relationship with everyone I’ve met through this.”

“The people that we worked with have been absolutely fantastic to work with helpful, accommodating, and genuinely interested in seeing us succeed.”

“Excellent source of diverse resources, very responsive; if they didn’t have what I needed they told me where to find it.”

“They have been absolutely critical to our success as a start-up.  To have this type of development hub for assistance is just invaluable to developing new business in the region.”