Nancy Min has always been surrounded by science. Her father Qilong Min serves as a professor in the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC). So when her dad developed weather prediction technology to drive solar productivity, she wanted to bring it to market to improve people’s lives.
With support from the University at Albany Innovation Center, an affiliate partner of Innovate 518, Min founded the startup, ecoLong LLC. Collaborating with UAlbany’s entrepreneur-in residence Bob Manasier, the ecoLong team has refined their investors’ pitch, conducted market outreach and qualified commercial partners. Min has also worked with Innovate 518 operational partners Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and RPI’s iSite. Michael Lobsinger from CEG has served as a valued mentor and advisor to Min.
What they have lined up in the coming weeks could bring in critical funding for the startup.
Then on October 19, she will have an opportunity to present among area start-ups in a showcase at UAlbany’s Weather Solutions for Ground Transportation Workshop. In addition, ecoLong was chosen as a finalist in the FuzeHub Commercialization Competition on November 15 and 16.
“Nancy and her team are focused and ready to demonstrate to investors and potential partners how ecoLong’s technology helps make the unpredictable, predictable when it comes to weather forecasting and solar farms,” said Manasier.
Changing Course for Success
After starting her career with Deloitte Consulting, Min decided to launch ecoLong LLC. Since 2015, Min and the ecoLong team have devoted their careers to developing environmental and renewable energy products that provide more accurate weather and solar radiation forecasting and air quality monitoring.
Transitioning from a corporate position to a startup was a risk – but Min believes in ecoLong’s potential to change the world and improve people’s lives. Deloitte has also been supportive of her decision, asking her to say on as a part-time consultant.
“I never thought I would start my own company and leave my positon at Deloitte,” Min said. “But, sometimes life leads you in unexpected directions. I am passionate about ecoLong and believe in our products’ ability to make a sustainable impact on weather forecasting.”
A native of the Capital District, Min earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).