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What is a Cleantech Incubator?

Cleantech incubators are typically non-profit organizations that are dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of technology, products, or services for the cleantech industry. These incubators typically provide support to a portfolio of entrepreneurs and emerging companies through a variety of programs that may include:

  • Education and training
  • Industry/government networking opportunities
  • Business mentoring
  • Access to R&D facilities, equipment, and resources
  • Subsidized office space and administrative infrastructure
  • Professional services such as marketing and financial/accounting
  • Legal assistance with regulatory compliance and Intellectual property management
  • Access to investor funding and/or direct financial support.

Membership in ACTION is open to non-profit organizations that are dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of technology, products, or services for the cleantech industry. Additionally, for-profit corporations, service providers and other supporting organizations may join ACTION as Affiliate Members/Supporting Sponsors. Our Membership works closely with government agencies, non-government organizations, foundations, universities and other organizations that provide funding, services, facilities and administration to early-stage cleantech companies in New England. These emerging cleantech companies are engaged in developing technology and services in clean energy and environmental sustainability.

ACTION Incubator Members:

  • Prototyping capability
  • Intern Workforce Program
  • Specialized Equipment - Scanning electron microscope, Energy dispersed X-ray spectroscopy, Potentiostat, Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Infrared
  • Access to UMass Dartmouth faculty
  • Other affiliated resources – MREC

Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center at UMASS Dartmouth

The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is located in the South Coast Research and Technology Park, near the intersection of Routes 195 and 24 in Fall River, within a 60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art technology facility. The goal of the ATMC is to provide advanced technology and manufacturing solutions, through industry and university partnerships, to meet current and future business needs. www.atmc.umassd.edu

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, E. Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. helps private and public entities to apply innovative tools and practices to increase efficiencies, improve workforce development and boost competitiveness. CCAT functions as a unique economic development organization that combines expertise in cutting-edge technology with specialized centers of excellence in manufacturing, education, training, energy and entrepreneurialism. Throughout these efforts, we promote partnership between industry, academia and government to create a new collaborative framework for addressing 21st-century economic challenges. www.ccat.us

Environmental and Energy Council of Maine, Portland, ME

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) believes that the greatest potential for Maine’s future economic growth is in the “clean tech” sector led by environmental and energy technology businesses. E2Tech acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information through events and forums, conducting special projects, and leading efforts to promote the sector. The member-based organization seeks to build Maine’s environmental and energy technology economy and includes renewable power companies, environmental engineers, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, as well as government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations and businesses that see the economic promise of clean tech for Maine. www.e2tech.org

  • Machine shop
  • Electronics lab
  • Prototyping space
  • Shared tools

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Greentown Labs, Boston, MA

Greentown Labs provides entrepreneurs the research and development space they need to launch their clean technology ventures. Currently housing 24 early stage companies and located in downtown Boston's Innovation District (MBTA: South Station), Greentown Labs sprung from a grassroots cluster of award-winning clean technology companies looking for low-cost prototyping space near MIT. In addition to office space, our members have access to a machine shop, an electronics lab, shared tools, and a thriving community of clean energy start-ups. greentownlabs.org

  • Networking and business to business Services
  • Marketing & communications
  • Management, advisory and mentoring

Institute for Energy and Sustainability, Worcester, MA

The Institute for Energy & Sustainability (IES) is central New England’s green business zone. Their mission is to attract clean energy technology and renewable energy companies to the region. Their priority is to create an environment for those seeking economic opportunity and advantage in this sector and to support the growth of jobs establishing a zone of world class clean technology companies. energyandsustainability.com

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, ME

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) is a public municipal corporation by State law established by the Maine State Legislature to implement the NASB Reuse Master Plans for both NASB and Topsham's Annex as they have been set forth by both the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority (BLRA) and the Topsham Local Redevelopment Authority (TLRA). The Reuse Master Plans for NASB and the Topsham Annex represent a unique opportunity to establish a vibrant live, work, learn, and play environment, Centers of excellence for technology innovation, environmental sustainability, and "green" community development, a variety of corporate, business, academic, recreational, and community services, and a strong sense of place based on smart growth principles. www.mrra.us

  • Industrial class Flex- space
  • Location- proximity to southern NH, southern ME
  • Management team and mentoring

Newburyport Clean Tech Center, Newburyport, MA

The Newburyport CleanTech Center (NCTC) supports the advancement of start-ups and more established companies that provide innovative and marketable approaches to solve many of the numerous environmental challenges we face today. NCTC provides critical resources to assist start-up businesses with early stage challenges, such as strategic planning, training, fiscal preparation, legal and regulatory changes, sales and marketing, and team development. The Center offers a combination of office, meeting, and assembly / shipping floor space in customized footprints as need. www.newburyportcleantech.com

abi Hub, Portsmouth, Manchester and Durham NH

The abi HUB is dedicated to accelerating the development of early-stage, scalable businesses, commercializing the intellectual capital developed at UNH and other leading educational institutions, and creating sustainable employment opportunities in the State of New Hampshire.

Entrepreneurs can access affordable workspace, and shared administrative and technological services, in a supportive entrepreneurial environment that stimulates the growth of businesses, ensures economic vitality for the community and encourages job creation. Our mission is to nurture high growth startups and create an environment where entrepreneurs have access to the resources, connections, experience, and capital to support the journey of putting ideas into action. www.abihub.org

  • Wet lab space for biotech and cleantech companies
  • Mentoring and advising
  • InnoVentures University business training programs

North Shore InnoVentures, Beverly, MA

Cleantech InnoVenture Center (CIVC) is business incubator to nurture innovative early-stage cleantech companies and support sustained economic growth in our region. NSIV is a non-profit, supported in part by state and federal grants as well as corporate sponsors, which helps subsidize the facilities and services we offer. Collaboration is at the heart of our model. We bring shared physical resources, sponsor services, experienced entrepreneurs and investment advisers together with promising young companies. Together we help them conserve capital, make good decisions, build strong teams and achieve development and funding milestones. www.nsiv.org/

OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK

With the southern North Sea emerging as the international proving ground for large-scale offshore wind farms. OrbisEnergy is the flagship for businesses keen to capture the economic benefits from offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies. OrbisEnergy is driving local regeneration, offering tenants, visitors and investors directed access to dedicated offshore renewable business network. www.orbisenergy.net

Progetto Manifattura, Rovereto TN, Italy

Progetto Manifattura - Green Innovation Factory is an initiative of the autonomous Province of Trento to transform a former tobacco plant into a cluster for cleantech innovation. With over 100,000 square feet of floor space situated on roughly 22 acres of land, the space will be used to host private enterprise in three main sectors: green building, renewable energy and environmental technologies, with research labs, training facilities, and public uses designed specifically to promote the cluster concept. Participating companies will benefit from an innovation ecosystem unique in Italy, with assistance programs for starting and growing new businesses. www.progettomanifattura.it

The Quincy Center for Innovation

The Quincy Center for Innovation is a unique co-operative office model consisting of three primary objectives designed to foster business growth and expansion, Collaboration, Programming, and Support. The 12,500 square foot facility is located within the Eastern Nazarene College Business Administration building at 180 Old Colony Avenue, just minutes from the Wollaston Red Line MBTA station. Contact Dean Rizzo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Visit www.quincyinno.com.

  • Suites and cubicles with use of well-appointed conference rooms and shared workspaces
  • Entrepreneurship community and mentoring
  • Convenient location, centrally located between NYC, Boston, Hartford, and Albany

Business Growth Center, Springfield, MA

Business Growth Center provides comprehensive support services and a professional office environment for new businesses initiatives, enhancing and accelerating their growth and stimulating economic development in Western Massachusetts. www.businessgrowthcenter.org

Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Providence, RI

SEG provides a comprehensive support system to inspire, start, grow, and sustain successful social enterprises. Our partnership of engaged entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and social investors provide social, intellectual, and financial capital to develop organizations that use market dynamics and business principles to improve our community and society. We are a partnership of leaders from the business, nonprofit, academic and government sectors who are dedicated to sharing our skills, talents and resources to advance the goals of the social enterprise community. SEG leverages the uniquely close-knit and conducive Rhode Island environment to quickly research local needs, then develop, prototype, and perfect innovative programs that inspire, start, grow, and sustain successful social enterprises. www.segreenhouse.org

Vermont Center for Advanced Technology, Burlington, VT

VCET is a leading-edge technology incubator serving all of Vermont under a mandate to increase technology startups and accelerate next generation job creation for this generation of Vermonters. VCET offers a targeted business incubator program designed to foster the success of high opportunity technology firms by providing firms with substantive business mentoring along with traditional incubator services such as low cost, flexible office space, shared resources, capital, networking, training, etc . VCET is an independent 501 c (3) public benefit corporation in affiliation with the University of Vermont and partners with Norwich University, Middlebury College, Champlain College and the five Vermont State Colleges. vermonttechnologies.com

 

Benefits of ACTION Membership

All of our incubator Members share the goal of accelerating the success of their portfolio companies, strengthening the cleantech sector in New England, and growing green jobs. ACTION provides its Members with opportunities to leverage administrative information, administrative functions, and knowledge across its comprehensive network. ACTION creates, collect, and make available commonly needed documentation. In addition to the sharing of documents, ACTION also consolidates and shares industry sector best practices and operational procedures that can be used by our Membership.

ACTION serves as a lead generation resource for all ACTIONetwork incubators. We connect with network and cleantech ecosystem resources to offer a point of contact for emerging companies and entrepreneurs. We also help coordinate educational programs that provide functional knowledge to the portfolio companies of our Membership.

The cleantech sector encompasses a wide array of sub-sector industries and business models. ACTION maintains a directory of the companies that are working out of affiliated incubators. We actively make introductions and connections between the executives running those companies. ACTION is a valuable resource helping to match incubated companies that operate in common sub-sectors.

ACTION also maintains a centralized database of mentors and advisors who volunteer their time to work with incubated companies. The database benefits incubated companies by matching them with advisors who have specialized knowledge that can help them create and execute their business plans.

ACTION is a centralized organizing body working with cleantech-focused startups, incubators, and industry groups. Therefore ACTION serves as a common point of communication allowing interested parties to establish contact with cleantech incubators and their portfolio companies.

ACTION may facilitate introductions for incubated companies to a range of potential investors. Additionally, we may provide a mechanism for investors to make connections with start-ups for potential investments.