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Greentown Go Build 2023 with Saint-Gobain Announces Startup Cohort

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs, a Somerville, MA- and Houston, TX-based climatetech incubator, and Saint-Gobain, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of materials and services for the construction and industrial markets, announced six startup participants for Greentown Go Build 2023 — a Greentown Go program focused on accelerating startup-corporate partnerships to advance circularity and decarbonize the built environment.

Go Build 2023 specifically searches innovations to extend product life cycles, find alternative raw materials, and enable technologies for waste revalorization.

The cohort includes the following six startups:

  • Active Surfaces (Salem, Mass., U.S.), which develops an ultra-lightweight, flexible solar technology for the built environment.
  • Carbon Upcycling Technologies (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), a circular-decarbonization solution for hard-to-abate industries–-utilizing low-purity industrial CO2 and industrial byproducts to decarbonize cement.
  • Endeavor Composites, Inc. (Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.), which intercepts landfill-destined post-industrial fibers and sustainably repurposes them into semi-finished goods for the composite industry.
  • Hempitecture (Ketchum, Idaho, U.S.), which manufactures and distributes biobased building materials, including a low-embodied-carbon insulation.
  • Puro Renewables (Miami Beach, Fla., U.S.), which upcycles carbon-negative biowaste for use in reducing the amount of fossil-fuel-based resin and carbon footprint in typical plastic products.
  • ZS2 Technologies (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), which creates magnesium-based advanced building products that can store up to one-fifth of their weight in CO2 via a proprietary carbon-capture technology.

Selected startups will work closely with Saint-Gobain over six months to explore potential collaborations, including investment opportunities, development partnerships, and commercial partnerships. Throughout the program, startups will benefit from mentorship, networking opportunities, educational workshops, and partnership-focused programming to support collaboration. Participants will also receive desk space and membership at Greentown for the duration of the program.

Saint-Gobain is a longtime, dedicated partner of Greentown and its startup community. The company has made many science-based climate commitments, including reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, eliminating its production of waste that isn’t recovered, and excising non-recyclable raw materials. This is the third Greentown Go program partnership between Greentown and Saint-Gobain, following ì buildings-focused accelerators in 2019 and 2021.

Led by CEO and President Kevin Knobloch, Greentown Labs runs Greentown Go programs across five tracks: Go Make (manufacturing), Go Move (transportation), Go Energize (energy and electricity), Go Build (buildings), and Go Grow (food and agriculture).

The Go Build 2023 cohort will participate in continuous mentoring and three workshops with Saint-Gobain, culminating in a showcase event in spring 2024 at Greentown’s Boston location.

Greentown Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit catalyzing climate solutions through entrepreneurship, partnership, and collaboration. Greentown brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and many others with a focus on scaling climate technologies, and 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, Mass. and Houston, Texas, Greentown is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 500 since the incubator’s founding in 2011.