About The Urban Future Lab

The Urban Future Lab (UFL) is a marriage of the city's premiere clean and resilient tech incubator with a state-of-the-art exhibition space, and is dedicated to envisioning and realizing innovation in the cleantech sector, with a particular focus on energy, sustainable urban infrastructure, water, transportation, waste, air quality. Located on the top floor of 15 MetroTech in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the UFL will offer exhibitions, lectures, training sessions, meetings, and other events for an engaged audience of decision-makers and trade groups.

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UFL News

Top New York-based Energy Startup Companies – Featuring Clear Grid Innovations

Aug 13, 2014

Breaking Energy featured the Top 10 New York Energy Entrepreneurs back in June as part...

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Industry City block party spotlights NYC Big Apps competition

Jul 19, 2014

BROOKLYN - A celebration of all things tech was held Saturday at the NYC Big Apps Block Party at...

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Enertiv, A Digital Energy Company, Launches the EnertivTwo – An Affordable Energy Monitoring Solution for Buildings.

Jul 18, 2014

Enertiv, an Energy Monitoring and Solutions company, launched the new EnertivTwo, which makes...

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Energy-Tech Startup Competition Won By Another Taxi App

Jun 19, 2014

On Wednesday night, Energy Week hosted a Startup Showcase at 7 World Trade Center, high above the...

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New York Energy Entrepreneurs: Top Ten

Jun 17, 2014

Cities have taken an active role in promoting entrepreneurship through incubators and other...

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This tech could help New York's power grid handle the next superstorm

Jun 16, 2014

Eight and a half million people were without power after Superstorm Sandy. There’s an...

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NYC ACRE Newsletter: JUNE Edition

Jun 5, 2014

Here's what we've been up to in May; we're looking forward to June!

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This Summer: Control Your A.C. From Anywhere With Your Smartphone

May 13, 2014

Eligible window air conditioner owners can request free installation via this coolNYC...

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NYC ACRE Newsletter: MAY Edition

May 5, 2014

Read up on a recap of last month's events and news and look forward to May's. 

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In Brooklyn, a grasp at giving 'big data' meaning

Apr 30, 2014

Big data will save the world, they say. It will change the way we do business, they say. It could...

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Scotland’s Smarter Grid Solutions opens Urban Future Lab office

Apr 21, 2014

Smarter Grid Solutions is a Scottish company that helps lots of European electric utilities...

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Counting on clean tech

Apr 2, 2014

New York City spends about $15 billion a year on energy. It’s a staggering sum and one the city...

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Breaking the Breaker Box Enertiv and the Quantified Energy User

Mar 26, 2014

In the offices of Urban Future Lab, high above Brooklyn’s Metrotech Center, there’s a screen...

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Future Captains of Industry Visit the Urban Future Lab

Mar 19, 2014

Those aren’t questions you’d expect to hear from the average middle school student, but when kids...

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Downtown Brooklyn Incubator Opens to Startup Companies

Mar 16, 2014

March 13 was the official opening of the Urban Future Lab, an incubator in downtown Brooklyn for...

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Urban Future Lab clean tech incubator launches with NYCEDC, NYU-Engineering backing

Mar 14, 2014

The Urban Future Lab opened Thursday in Downtown Brooklyn, a new incubator focused energy...

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ACRE Monthly Newsletter

Mar 3, 2014

Its not just electricity, it's heating and cooling energy. How do you trade that with the risk of...

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The Expansion of Distributed PV in the Age of the Grid Edge

Feb 26, 2014
In President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he noted that “Every four minutes,...
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Feb 18, 2014

At the beginning of 2014, we started making our new home at the recently opened Urban Future...

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Brooklyn is the New Mecca for Startups

Jan 26, 2014
Although every city is mired by challenges and no neighborhood truly represents an urban planner’...
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Cab Sharing App Bandwagon Wins Big at CES

Jan 13, 2014
Above, CES 2014 conference attendees wait in famously long lines for cabs (Photo credit: Intel...
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Aug 21, 0014

By building upon an already successful incubator network, NYU and New York State will continue to...

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Pleased To Introduce U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand To Smarter Grid Solutions

Aug 14, 0014

We had the pleasure yesterday of meeting and introducing Smarter Grid Solutions, Inc – our...

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Aug 6, 0014

When NYC ACRE launched in 2009 with the help of the New York State Energy Research and...

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Aug 6, 0014

Introducing the crowd at the Urban Future Lab (UFL) to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Micah Kotch,...

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Senator wants to break out checkbook for Downtown tech

Aug 6, 0014

New York’s junior senator wants to give Brooklyn’s tech scene a cash infusion.

Sen. Kirsten...

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Green tech powers up NYC companies with RadiatorLabs Energy Soutions Forum and Enertiv

Apr 22, 0014

New York City's clean-tech contingent—some 40 companies, according to the city's Economic...

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"By providing the resources that startup companies need to thrive, the Urban Future Lab will help create solutions to global urban problems, while also strengthening our city's economy."

- Kyle Kimball, NYCEDC President


The incubator system is the product of an unprecedented partnership between NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and The City and State of New York to create high-impact ventures, combining access to next-generation technology, guidance, expertise, and resources. We accept companies across stage, and across the globe to join our community.

About ACRE

NYC ACRE is a critical axis for innovators to connect and develop new technologies essential to meet both city and state energy and environmental goals, as well as the demands of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

About Powerbridge

PowerBridgeNY identifies promising early stage technologies and invests in translational work to advance these technologies towards technical validation, scalability, and transformational capacity.


Working with partners including the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Urban Green Council, Green Light New York, and others, the Urban Future Lab organizes educational events that will benefit both our tenants, and the larger clean economy cluster in New York.

education highlights

Clean Energy Connections

Clean Energy Connections will provoke discussion, share best practices and new visions, and then provide a consistent, accessible forum that NYC’s clean energy industry can turn to for the development of working partnerships. Consisting of both a live discussion series and online presence, CEC provides a platform for thought leadership to help NYC businesses leverage their strengths and lead the nation in developing a strong clean energy sector.

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There'll Be Some Changes Made: Power System Realignment or Death Spiral?

Today, we are witnessing the realignment of NY's and the nation's energy system and its regulatory framework for a carbon constrained world in the face of disruptive technologies, new financial practices and novel user demands at the grid edge.

Our conference, "There'll Be Some Changes Made: Power System Realignment or Death Spiral?", brings together top experts and thought leaders who will use the 2013 Con Edison rate case settlement & New York's 2014 Reforming the Energy Vision policy report for understanding the dynamics that are profoundly altering the power supply landscape and as a launch point for what people need to be thinking about now.

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Come Code High Atop Downtown Brooklyn

Come on down to NYU-Poly Incubator in Dumbo and code with friends. It has been a while so let me remind you of the usual format, just bring your laptop and beverage of choice and let's code or speak of code. If enough of us want to order pizza we will do it as a group. We will stay until we want to go home, late but not overnight.

There is no skill level pre-requisite as we are open to all levels and languages and everyone who enjoys programming is encouraged to come.

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Cleanweb Demo Night: NYC BigApps + Hackathon Winners

Come see demos by teams that participated in this year's NYC BigApps competition, and winning teams from the #Hack4Good Hackathon and IDEO's Hack:Waste.  

Also learn about regional Cleanweb partners/opportunities to grow ideas into successful businesses. 

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educational event schedule

Cleanweb Demo Night: NYC BigApps + Hackathon Winners

September 23, 2014
6.30 - 8.30 PM
Urban Future Lab
15 Metrotech Center, 19th Floor, Brooklyn, NY
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Clean Energy Connections

September 24, 2014
7.00 - 9.00 AM
The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
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Exhibits and programming will highlight promising technological solutions, explaining what those technologies do, how they work, where they are currently deployed, and what is necessary for their widespread adoption in New York City. For each solution presented, the exhibit will consider how the technology is impacted by policy, design, and market decisions.

upcoming exhibition


House of Green showcases Danish energy, waste, water and climate change solutions. Explore cutting edge technologies, integrated solutions, and revolutionary architecture through a virtual universe and be inspired from one of the world’s leading nations when it comes to clean energy and sustainability.

The exhibition will serve as a source of inspiration and knowledge for the rapidly expanding cleantech community in New York, and provide a single point of entry for anyone looking for innovative solutions within energy, water, climate, resources and the environment.

October 1 - December 31, 2014
12.00 PM - 12.00 AM
Opening Reception
October 1, 2014 | 12.00 PM

"Right in the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, we see the Urban Future Lab as an opportunity to strengthen relationships with new companies looking at exciting and innovative solutions."

-Rudy Wynter, President, FERC Regulated Business at National Grid

our supporters and partners

The UFL is the result of a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), National Grid, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYU's incubators (NYC ACRE, Varick St., and DUMBO), and our generous education, exhibition content, and incubator supporters.

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15 MetroTech Center, 19th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
by train
A C F R to Jay Street MetroTech
2 3 to Hoyt St
2 3 4 5 to Borough Hall

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What is the grid edge?

The electricity industry is on the cusp of a dramatic transformation, as the proliferation of distributed energy resources and customer energy management solutions necessitate complex and wide-reaching changes to power infrastructure, market design, and business models. Increasing customer adoption of distributed generation, microgrids, energy storage and demand response present an unprecedented opportunity for utilities,

technology providers, third-party energy service providers and customers to create a sustainable, digital, interactive, reliable and efficient power network. Like many areas of innovation and transformation in adjacent markets today, this activity plays out at the boundary, or edge, of traditional stable and well-understood territories. Greentech Media calls this space the Grid Edge.

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About the UFL Team

Micah Kotch
Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Incubator Initiatives
  • Pivotal Catalyst for New York City's emerging cleantech sector
  • Internationally sought speaker on cleantech innovation and economic development
  • Strong track record of delivering customers and driving new business
  • Nationally recognized cleantech thought leader with deep relationships across multiple energy-related sectors
  • Named to GE Ecomagination’s list of Top 11 Sustainability Innovators for 2011
Emily Wheeler
Deputy Director, NYC ACRE Director of Operations, PowerBridgeNY
  • Manager of cleantech partnerships with local and state stakeholders for NYC ACRE and PowerBridgeNY
  • Previous work experience includes performance of $8 billion of technical due diligence for first-of-a-kind technology at the US Department of Energy’s Loan program office
  • Named to Breaking Energy’s list of New York’s Top 10 Young Energy Leaders for 2013
  • Holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute

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