Commercialization Competition

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub will hold its seventh NYS Commercialization Competition on October 16 & 17, 2023. Finalists will compete in person during the New York State Innovation Summit.

FuzeHub’s annual Commercialization Competition gives companies from across New York State the chance to compete by demonstrating the commercialization potential of their technology or product, with an opportunity to win up to $150,000.

2022 Awardees

FuzeHub is pleased to announce the awardees:

Grand Award – $150,000

Farm to Flame Energy Inc. (Syracuse)

Farm to Flame Energy repurposed a Steam Turbine to generate electricity through a smokeless-odorless and portable biomass electricity generation process. They use pulverized feed stocks as biomass to achieve a thermal efficiency of 98%, against the traditional biomass thermal efficiency of 78%.


$50,000 Awards

Aha! Solutions, Inc. (Mechanicville)

Aha! Solutions developed a revolutionary step stool that provides a safer, better step up for customers. The Next-Step Stool contains 2 hooks that attach to a cabinet door of any height, minimizing the distance between the stool and the desired area of reach. These hooks provide a built-in anti-tipping mechanism, creating a higher level of safety during use. Furthermore, the steps can be customized on demand – if the upper step is not needed, it can be easily folded away without any obstruction to using the lower step alone.


Carapace Analytics (Syracuse)

Carapace Analytics is ready to scale their existing automated mobility assessment which measures users’ fall risk. This project includes investment technology infrastructure and sensors.


Envision Biopolymers LLC (Syracuse)

Envision will provide a waste-to-bioplastic platform technology for chemical suppliers to the pulp and paper-based food packaging industry. This not only answers their customers’ demands for more sustainable packaging solutions, but also an impending critical need to replace soon-to-be outlawed

workhouse chemistries (PFAS) that they have been using


Photonect Interconnect Solutions Inc. (Rochester)

Photonect Interconnect Solutions is creating a state-of-the-art laser attach machine which connects optical fibers to photonic chips using fusion splicing with a patented adapter integrated into the photonic chip. This improves device performance by 4x and decreases the speed of manufacturing by 10X leading to a cost savings of 50% per connection.


Levelle Inc. (Poughkeepsie)

Levelle Nutrition seeks to design, procure and install a manufacturing line that forms, fills and pasteurizes energy purée and seed butter single-serve pouches. Levelle aims to revolutionize the sports nutrition industry by focusing on female athletes and tailoring products to the female metabolism. They use low-glycemic, plant ingredients to deliver a sustained release of energy, without a side serving of agony


SOTRO Innovations Inc. (Brooklyn)

SOTRO Innovations builds tech-enabled products to make it easier & faster to style and grow healthier, thicker, and longer hair. They are going to launch an environmentally-sustainable, collapsible hair steamer that facilitates aromatherapy integration, self-sanitizes & allows for set-up on any flat surface.


$25,000 Awards

K-Neesio LLC (Rochester)

NuNee is a clinically proven and recommended bracing system for treatment of anterior knee pain. In 2023, K-Neesio will grow their existing manufacturing capacity in the NY Finger Lakes Region, expand their clinical marketing and sales efforts nationally, and harden the NuNee product for use in the military and contact sports.


Mohawk Machine Works LLC (Amsterdam)

Mohawk will manufacture innovative technology to quickly & efficiently clean & dry surfaces for commercial & government customers in infrastructure & transportation. Market research has identified a worldwide need for Mohawk technology in multiple applications/market segments, with many years of future growth potential.

2022 Competition Judges

Eric Fasser


Solutions Program Manager

Richard Honen

Richard E.

Partner, Venture Capital & Technology Practice Team Leader
Phillips Lytle LLP

Heidi Knoblauch

Heidi Knoblauch, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Entrepreneurship Development
Empire State Development

Marcia Mitchell


Director, New York Ventures
Empire State Development