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Innovation Sprints

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 with qualified submissions to refine ideas and better articulate value and the business model.

4. Connect

Qualified submitters are invited to participate in an invitation-only workshop with one-on-one time with utilities to hear direct feedback and co-develop ideas.

5. Advance

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.


We have four Innovation Sprints planned for 2018. We will accept submissions any time before the submission deadline for consideration as part of the Innovation Sprint.

Upcoming Innovation Sprint topics – 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.