(Updated 11/24/2020)

Innovation Fund Commercialization Competition Awardees


2020 Awardees

Paradigm of NY LLC (Rochester)

Paradigm manufactures diesel emission control devices which use novel plasma technology to eliminate up to 98% of the carbon soot in diesel engine exhaust.

Mechanismic Inc. (Stony Brook)

Mechanismic’s goal is to make robotics affordable and fun for everyone without sacrificing the authenticity of design and engineering experience.

Hands-Free LLC (New York City)

Hands-Free product, Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes, is the first fully supportive and securely fastening footwear that allows people to easily get in and out without the need to bend over or use their hands.

WexEnergy LLC (Rochester)

WindowSkin® by WexEnergy is a low-cost window retrofit that reduces operating expenses for building owners by improving the energy efficiency of aging windows, the most porous component of the building envelope.

Aviate Audio (Amherst)

Aviate Audio is preparing to deliver a range of products that will utilize ultra-compact electronics, wireless communications and advanced processing to the audio industry.

Del Tocororo LLC (Norwhey) (Ithaca)

Norwhey is an innovative beverage company that focuses on sustainably fulfilling consumer needs through fermentation.


2019 Awardees

Re-Nuble, Inc. (New York City)

Re-Nuble uniquely transforms food waste into plant-based technologies for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation.

CathBuddy, Inc. (Woodbury)

CathBuddy is a urinary catheter start-up that is improving the standard of care and reducing UTI incidence for the 1.1 million Americans who use intermittent catheters to manage neurogenic bladder.

Halomine, Inc. (Ithaca)

Halomine is developing antimicrobial products to tackle pathogens that are disrupting our food supply and healthcare settings.

Combined Energies LLC (Rochester)

Combined Energies (CE) is focused on the design, production, and sales of specialty power electronics for renewable power generation, energy storage, and electronic vehicle applications.

Molecular Glasses, Inc. (Rochester)

Molecular Glasses has created a new class of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) materials, and is poised to capture a meaningful share of the rapidly growing OLED materials market via the introduction of OLEDIQTM, the company’s patented, novel class of OLED materials.

Electroskip LLC (Buffalo)

Electroskip™ is an innovative medical device for walking disabilities associated with Parkinson’s, CP, MS, lower limb loss, stroke paralysis, and other movement disorders.


2018 Awardees

FlextraPower (New York City)

Formerly Bonbouton, FlextraPower created a technology platform for preventative diabetic health care. FlextraPower’s first product, a smart insole with a proprietary embedded graphene sensing system, passively monitors the skin’s physiological signals in order to detect early signs of foot ulcers.

Capro-X Inc. (Ithaca)

Capro-X is a startup manufacturer developing a natural and sustainable solution for converting dairy industry wastes into valuable platform chemicals.

Iko Systems (Ithaca)

Iko Systems is designing smart tabletop micro-greenhouses for the sustainably minded foodie.

MicroEra Power, Inc. (Rochester)

MicroEra Power is a system integrator designing CHPplus, an onsite power system with high-efficiency hardware, thermal storage, and smart software to provide businesses and utilities with energy security and a fast payback.

RemWell LLC (Potsdam)

Remwell addresses public health and energy issues associated with groundwater contaminated by an emerging class of chemical contaminants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with a novel treatment reactor.


2017 Awardees

Ferric Contrast (Buffalo)

Ferric’s non-toxic MRI contrast agents take clinical quality images of the brain, liver, and kidneys.

NanoHydroChem (Buffalo)

NanoHydroChem developed a novel proprietary nanomaterial capable of generating hydrogen gas from water on demand, at room temperature.

Potsdam Sensors (Potsdam)

Potsdam Sensors’ project is the development of a new eld-deployable IOT sensor for accurate sensing of airborne particles, a major EPA-recognized pollutant.

Praxis Biotechnology (Albany)

Praxis Biotechnology’s first product is a new rosacea medication. This proprietary cream formulation will deliver medication to block a specific change that occurs in rosacea skin without affecting the rest of the body.

SparkCharge (Syracuse)

SparkCharge is on a mission to revolutionize the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry by commercializing the first portable electric vehicle charging station that will enable EV owners to charge anytime and anywhere they want.