Partners and Participants

The Directed Energy program works with organizations, businesses and universities throughout New York State to provide participants with multiple resources.

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Alfred University

Alfred University is located in the Village of Alfred two hours southeast of Buffalo. With five separate schools and colleges, the institution's reputation is grounded in the arts and engineering. Of particular interest to Directed Energy's clients, is Alfred University's expertise in materials science and engineering with its emphasis on ceramic and glass materials. The university routinely works with NYS industry through the Center for Advanced Ceramics Technology and its facility for high temperature materials testing.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE)

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) is a nonprofit, private business development and regional marketing organization dedicated to the proposition that, as a place where life works, the Buffalo Niagara region is the ideal place for businesses to locate and grow. BNE attracts business investment to Buffalo Niagara and has established our community's reputation as a place to expand your business, attract capital investment and create quality jobs. 

Insyte Consulting

Insyte Consulting is one of the largest management consulting organizations in Western New York and helps area businesses improve their profitability so they can grow while remaining in WNY. Insyte helps both startups and existing companies that are seeking equity, debt or grants to launch their business, fund growth or undertake innovative research. Insyte is the NYSTAR designated SBIR specialist for the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions, providing free assistance to interested applicant companies.

Mancuso Business Development Group

The Mancuso Business Development Group revitalizes and manages large properties, developing spaces that help businesses achieve financial success. Entrepreneurial businesses of all sizes can find a home at one of their business and industry centers, complete with a full range of tenant services. They have locations in Lockport, High Falls and Geneva as well as a facility in Batavia, which is recognized as the world's first business incubator. 

New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) funds the Directed Energy program through PON 1216. NYSERDA facilitates the development and use of innovative technologies to improve the state’s energy, economic and environmental wellbeing. Michael Shimazu, project manager for Clean Energy Research and Market Development, oversees the Directed Energy program.

Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships manages the Directed Energy program with program director Martin Casstevens. Many other individuals and organizations help by providing technical, organizational and business guidance to the program and its client companies. 

The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE)

UB's Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) is an engineering school program, founded in 1987 as a bridge between industry and the university. Partnering with the community in a variety of ways, the center’s services range from joint research and development ventures and co-op work arrangements for students, to professional development and consulting in Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma. A recognized leader in Western New York, the center's training workshops, assessments and consulting help transform businesses by lowering costs while improving quality, delivery and safety.

WNY Innovation Hot Spot

The WNY Innovation Hot Spot (IHS) is a regional network of incubators and entrepreneurial service providers working together to turn Western New York into a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. The IHS collaborators share best practices, networking, mentoring, educational and financial resources to better assist incubator client companies.