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Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program Opens Applications for Year 2

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs, a Somerville, MA- and Houston, TX-based climatetech incubator in North America, and Browning the Green Space (BGS), a Boston, MA-based nonprofit dedicated to making clean energy and other climate-related fields more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, are accepting applications from BIPOC-led climatetech startups for Year 2 of the Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program (ACCEL).

Startups selected for ACCEL will benefit from the accelerator by:

  • Engaging in a curated curriculum of workshops led by experts, including from VentureWell, covering various essential topics for early-stage climatetech founders
  • Working alongside fellow BIPOC founders
  • Receiving $25k in non-dilutive grant funding
  • Gaining valuable mentorship from experienced industry experts
  • Receiving desk space and membership within Greentown for the duration of the program, which grants access to $1M+ of in-kind resources, including software and legal support; 70+ corporate partners; community resources; and more
  • Receiving BGS membership to unlock opportunities to learn, connect, and engage with practitioners in the clean energy sector on a just energy transition for Black and Brown communities

The Year 2 request for applications comes as an inaugural year of ACCEL winds to a close. ACCEL Year 1 featured six startups working on innovations as diverse as sneakers made from food waste, ultracapacitors built with hemp sourced from Black and Indigenous farmers, and ultra-light solar panels.

This program is a partnership between Greentown and BGS and is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth.

ACCEL bolsters startups as they develop critical climatetech solutions by offering access to funding, networking connections, resources, and opportunities that structural inequities put out of reach. The year-long program combines acceleration with a curated curriculum, incubation at Greentown, and extensive mentorship from Greentown and BGS’s networks of industry experts.

Greentown Labs brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and many others with a focus on scaling climate technologies. It offers lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources, and a large network of corporate customers, investors, and more. With incubators in Somerville, MA, and Houston, TX, Greentown Labs works for more than 200 startups and has supported more than 525 since the incubator’s founding in 2011.

Browning the Green Space (BGS) is a nonprofit coalition of leaders and organizations, primarily in the New England region, that works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in clean energy and climatetech. BGS seeks to facilitate a just energy transition by putting Black and Brown communities first, and enabling systems change at the intersection of social, environmental, and economic justice. BGS is empowering a just energy transition by creating jobs, building wealth, and reducing the energy burden in Black and Brown communities. Browning the Green Space is focused on a comprehensive approach to addressing DEI across key clean energy and climate tech areas through five connected but distinct focus areas: Careers, Companies, Capital, Contracts, and Communities.