November 28, 2012

'Results' winners are named

By: Staff Report

Source: Times Union

Nanotech startup, group serving homeless cited by Consulting Alliance

GUILDERLAND — A nanotechnology startup and a nonprofit organization serving Albany's homeless community are the winners of the Consulting Alliance's "Roadmap to Results" regional competition.

Winners are B.E.S.S. (Battery Energy Storage Systems) Technologies, started in 2010 by a group of graduate students at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering; and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, founded in 1984 to provide services to the homeless.

B.E.S.S. has developed a process to build battery nanostructures that significantly boosts their capacity to store energy, charge faster and last longer.

The Interfaith Partnership's services include a 30-bed emergency shelter, a housing program, a summer youth program and a drop-in center.

The two awards are valued at $48,000, and include a formal review and assessment of the organizations' business challenges and opportunities.

Consultants will meet with senior managers to develop strategic recommendations that show how organizations can meet objectives.

The competition, part of the organization's 20th anniversary celebration, had the goals "of strengthening the community and contributing to the success of the region," said Nancy Schultz, the alliance's president and president of Nancy Schultz Consulting.

The awards were presented Wednesday at the Italian American Community Center in Albany.