July 26, 2014, Somerville, Mass. – Last week, Greentown Labs was thrilled and honored to learn our Community Director, Elizabeth Barno, has been named an Emerging Executive Finalist in the 2017 Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Technology Leadership Awards. Liz Barno is the curator and driver of the amazing Greentown Labs community that more than 50 cleantech startups call home. From recruiting new startups to the incubator, to managing its alumni network, Liz is the keeper of the culture at Greentown Labs. When she’s not brainstorming ways to continue evolving the Greentown Labs community, Liz is busy tailoring the incubator’s offerings based on each startup’s particular needs. She is the one who startups turn to when it comes time to connect with the many resources available at Greentown Labs.
“It is an honor to be a finalist for Emerging Executive of the Year. I am humbled and proud to be in the company of such accomplished finalists—many of whom are fellow women—and following in the footsteps of another great female leader, Emily Reichert, the CEO of Greentown Labs. I’d like to recognize all of my colleagues at Greentown Labs and the entrepreneurs that I work with for allowing me the opportunities that make this nomination possible—I am inspired by you every day.”
Finalists for the MassTLC Technology Leadership Awards were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of industry leaders in each of the 14 categories. The pool of finalists will be further narrowed during the coming weeks. Winners will be announced at the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala on September 14 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.
“Massachusetts is among the world’s top regions engaged in creating whole new industries and markets while redefining existing ones,” said MassTLC President Tom Hopcroft. “We produce visionary leaders and exciting, high-growth companies and startups that propel the state’s economy. Ranging from robotics and the internet of things to products for financial or security operations, our 20th annual Technology Leadership Awards draws attention to the deep pool of talent, innovative spirit, and determination that thrives in the Bay State.”
Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech startup incubator for hardware-oriented companies in the United States. It provides its members with the community, space, resources, and connections they need to bring their technology to market faster. Greentown Labs’ mission is to enable entrepreneurs to solve the planet’s biggest energy and environmental challenges, and does so by facilitating an ecosystem in which startups can grow quickly, connect with investors, and benefit from each other’s expertise. The vibrant community of entrepreneurs determined to make a positive impact on the world is unique to Greentown Labs is in large part due to the planning, management, and creativity with which Liz pushes the incubator forward.
“This is a well-deserved honor for an impressive and dedicated professional who has made a true impact at Greentown Labs,” said Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. “Elizabeth has played a critical role in growing Greentown Labs into what it is today, ensuring that our community culture remained strong and steady over the past four years and she will continue to do so as we open another 55,000 sq. ft. facility in just a few months. Her leadership role and understanding of what our entrepreneurs need to succeed is unparalleled and we are lucky to have her!”
About Greentown Labs
Greentown Labs is a community of bold, passionate entrepreneurs creating game-changing energy technologies that transform the way we live, work and play. Located in Somerville, Mass., Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, operating a 33,000-square-foot facility that enables entrepreneurs to solve today’s biggest energy and environmental problems. Greentown Labs hosts a constant stream of events and programs for the cleantech community and tours more than 10,000 visitors from around the world each year. Its mission is to enable a vibrant community of entrepreneurs to realize their visions by providing access to the resources, labs and funding they need to thrive. In late 2017, Greentown Labs will expand its campus within the Union Square neighborhood of Somerville, MA, and add 58,000 sq. ft. of coworking, prototyping and event space, to support up to 100 startups.For more information, please visit www.greentownlabs.com or find us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.