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Innovation Sprints (old)

Accelerating innovative partnerships to address near-term priorities

REV Connect Innovation Sprints focus attention on timely and specific utility needs for innovative energy partnerships. For each Innovation Sprint, we invite market players to submit ideas within a specific theme and timeframe.

Qualified submitters will receive expert feedback, be invited to an in-person meeting with New York utilities, and benefit from potential matchmaking with one or more of the utilities to pursue innovative partnerships.

REV Connect is looking for new business models – coupled with product, service, or technology solutions – that create and share value among New York State electricity customers, market solution providers, and utilities through innovative partnership structures. To participate in an Innovation Sprint, please familiarize yourself with the REV Connect process and ensure your submission meets our minimum requirements, facilitation criteria, and fitness for utilities.

Each Innovation Sprint will have a kickoff webinar and a submission deadline. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about these upcoming dates.


Innovation Sprints are time-bound, kicking off with a webinar, driving towards a submission deadline, and culminating in a workshop.

1. Kickoff

A webinar introduces key opportunities with New York utilities and reviews how to participate.

2. Submit

Submitters develop and submit ideas responsive to the Innovation Sprint theme.

3. Facilitate

The REV Connect team reviews the submissions, provides feedback and consults with submitters who have qualified submissions.

4. Connect

Top submitters have the opportunity to participate in an invitation-only workshop with one-on-one time with utilities to hear direct feedback and co-develop ideas.

5. Advance

Top submitters may work with REV Connect and New York utilities to progress their ideas through development of business cases, demonstration projects, or other partnerships. Submitters are also invited to use their refined ideas to participate in future utility RFIs or RFPs.


REV Connect is hosting two Innovation Sprints in 2019 that target innovative partnerships to address near-term priorities.

The first topic for 2019 is:


We completed three Innovation Sprints in 2018 – click links below to learn more:


  • What if my idea doesn’t relate to one of these Innovation Sprint topics? Submit!  REV Connect continues to fulfill its mission for an ongoing open call for submissions to all Innovation Opportunities.
  • What if I already submitted an idea related to one of these Innovation Sprint topics? Great! Your REV Connect facilitator will inform you about how you can participate with your existing submission.