Three Capital Region Companies Compete for First Prize in FuzeHub Competition

ALBANY – Three Capital Region businesses are finalists in a marketing competition hosted by Albany-based FuzeHub, which is offering a grand prize of $150,000 to the winner.

FuzeHub is an Albany nonprofit organization that receives state funding and helps New York manufacturers bring their products to market.

The commercialization competition is being held as part of the New York State Innovation Summit taking place October 25-26 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo.

The three local finalists in the marketing contest are Aha! Solutions in Mechanicville, re:Charge-e in Albany and Mohawk Machine Works in Amsterdam.

Ah! Solutions has developed a new type of step stool called The Next-Step Stool which can be used by children and adults. It can be customized to reach kitchen cabinets and other areas of the home if needed.

Albany-based company re:Charge-e is developing a universal wireless electric charging station for the electric micromobility industry, which includes e-bikes and e-scooters that are rented out to the public in different cities. The founders have ties to New York’s micromobility programs.

Mohawk Machine Works is developing technology to “quickly and efficiently clean and dry surfaces” for commercial and government customers who have infrastructure and transportation projects.

The 2022 FuzeHub Marketing Competition is hosted by its Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund and is in its sixth year. Twelve companies reach the statewide final. The other nine companies in the final come from upstate and the New York area. These are Carapace Analytics, Envision Biopolymers and Farm to Flame Energy, all of Syracuse; K-Neesio and Photonect Interconnect Solutions of Rochester; Poughkeespie level; Bronx Cohesive Robotics; SOTRO Innovations of Brooklyn and Ashlawn Energy of Brooklyn.

“These 12 finalists represent a wide variety of industries, supporting the idea that now is the best time for innovation in all aspects of manufacturing. From improving health care to energy production and storage, to general respect for environmental sustainability, you will find an interesting project in this cycle, whatever your background,” said Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub in a statement.

Wiley C. Thompson