Our Members

Board of Directors


Executive Committee Board Members

Interim President
Lou Petrovic
President, Resource Associates, Inc.

Tom Kinneman
COO, North Shore InnoVentures
(Finance Committee Chair)

Michael Hanson
Program Manager, ACTION Innovation Network

Kristine Logan
Tech Place, Director and Business Development Manager

Michele Tosi
Innovation & Startup Department Manager, Trentino Sviluppo SpA

Rudolph C. Yaksick
Founder & CEO
Concord Capital Partners

Beth Zonis
Director, Cleantech Open Northeast



Management Team

A Strong Founding Team


For over 5 years, Ms. Popolo held various roles with the Northeast Cleantech Open, an accelerator and competition for cleantech startups (formerly Ignite Clean Energy competition) most recently as Startup Recruitment Chair. Joan brings an understanding of the unique needs of early-stage companies and helps to identify and provide resources to support their growth across the region. Through her prior work at BioTechnica International, an early-stage biotechnology company and as a former small business owner of J. Popolo Design, a sustainable landscape design and consulting firm, she brings relationship-building and operational skills and entrepreneurial and creative problem solving experience to her work. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from Michigan State University, both in the plant sciences.


Mr. Hanson contributes his expertise to program development and management, and to cultivating partner relationships.  Michael has over 12 years business development experience and is committed to helping organizations achieve growth goals and efficiently deliver solutions. He identifies catalysts that create opportunities for the growth of startups and organizations, connecting business leaders with expertise that help them advance their businesses.  Michael previously held several sales and relationship management positions in the financial services industry, building relationships with investment advisors. He holds a B.A. from Bucknell University.


Mission and Support


ACTION’s mission is to accelerate the success of early-stage technology entrepreneurs that are supported by our membership of collaborative workspace organizations. Through the comprehensive ACTIONetwork of entrepreneur support organizations, we are dedicated to providing technology startups with a variety of support services that include the use of specialized technical facilities for R&D, subsidized office space and administrative support, research and patent collaboration, quality business mentoring and professional services, and potential funding opportunities to facilitate commercialization. The breadth and diversity of our network offers entrepreneurs a diverse hub of knowledge, experience, and resources that is most often unavailable from a single organization.


Companies, associations, organizations or individuals interested in supporting the growth of the technology business sector may participate in ACTION as members, partners or sponsors.

Membership in ACTION can be applied for by entities or consortiums that function as entrepreneur support organizations for technology enterprises in start-up or pre-commercial stages. Partners are industry associations, government agencies, media, and academic/research organizations that offer support, collaboration and services to ACTION and its members. Sponsorship opportunities are available to companies, organizations and individuals who will provide financial and professional services support to ACTION, ACTION members, and member portfolio companies.

Sponsorships and participation in ACTION provides your organization with exposure to the most influential leaders and emerging stars in New England’s burgeoning technology sector. As a partner or sponsor of ACTION, you will have the opportunity to build solid business relationships with the management of promising new companies early in their business lifecycles, while helping to build a prosperous economy and a healthy, sustainable environment.

Network and Initiatives


The ACTIONetwork is a consortium of incubators throughout New England that share a common purpose - to strengthen the regional cleantech cluster, accelerate early stage company growth, and grow green jobs. While it is necessary for our incubator members to support the cleantech industry they may also support other technologies and business interests. Contact us so we can grow the ACTIONetwork together.



In collaboration with Cleantech Open, U-Launch provides financial and technical assistance to help university clean energy technology entrepreneurs and emerging companies transition from the laboratory to the market. U-Launch awards grants in combinations of funded and in-kind services ranging from R&D assistance and incubation to mentorship. U-Launch is partially funded by a three-year award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Innovation Ecosystem Development Initiative and operated by Fraunhofer USA and three partner organizations including the New England Clean Energy Council, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and ACTION (for more information, please visit http://cse.fraunhofer.org/u-launch/).


To strengthen ACTION’s mission of supporting entrepreneurs and emerging companies, ACTION has partnered with the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) at Boston University, to create and deliver an educational content program relevant to start-ups hosted in our ACTIONetwork incubators, and to select stakeholders as determined by the ACTIONetwork Member sites. By joining an incubator in the ACTIONetwork, emerging companies and entrepreneurs have access to an ongoing and evolving program of invaluable information on topics critical to cleantech company formation and growth including: creating an effective elevator pitch, intellectual property management, high-impact marketing and sales, common mistakes to avoid, financing options, and many others. This interactive program encourages participation and provides coaching from senior, experienced executives and subject matter experts.


The iGreen NE Partnership, led by the New England Clean Energy Foundation (NECEF), is a multi-state network of university researchers, innovators, public sector leaders, corporations, venture capitalists, and other cleantech stakeholders who are collaborating to provide promising cleantech lab and pre-venture projects with funding, business assistance, technical resources, and testing infrastructure. The partnership will, over the two-year grant period, support 20-30 early-stage projects across New England, with the involvement of each state and inclusion of economically distressed areas. It will create or keep over 100 jobs and leverage more than $65 million in private cleantech investment. ACTION has partnered with NECEF as a key player to drive participation in the Innovation Connector, an online infrastructure and human network that will facilitate acceleration of cleantech innovations by connecting pre-venture project leaders, commercialization program managers, and other stakeholders through knowledge sharing and at real-time and virtual events across New England.