Why Greentown?

The Greentown Community

What does community look like at Greentown Labs? It looks like helping a fellow member edit a grant proposal, borrowing another startup’s equipment, and sharing investor contacts. It looks like holding a door, striking up a conversation, and swapping ideas with your neighbors. It looks like a vibrant, humming workspace where people are collaborating to solve climate change.

We believe our community is our greatest resource. In fact, Greentown was founded in the spirit of community and collaboration. Our four founding startups worked alongside each other late into the night, providing emotional support and a lending hand. Nine years and 250 startups later, many of our members still say the community is their favorite part of Greentown.

We’ll do everything we can for our members

We get it. You’re a startup—you’re going to need less lab space next month and more the month after, you’re going to want a place to test your technology, you’re going to do some sort of innovative, never-been-done-before work that you might not have even thought of yet.

That’s why we stay flexible and aim to match your speed. “We do things for members a ‘normal’ landlord would never let fly,” our director of lab and member resources says.

We’re ready to work with you as your needs fluctuate, whether that’s adjusting your lab space from month to month or helping you interface with the building systems. Maybe you want to test your technology on the roof, or bring a new chemical into the wet lab. Whatever it is, we aim to help you do it and do it safely.

And here’s something really cool: we love having our members deploy their technology onsite.

Ivys Energy Solutions installed SimpleFuel—its compact hydrogen refueling station—in the alley next to Greentown. The Ivys team is working with national and international organizations to adapt standards to support the SimpleFuel model, and the Greentown station is playing a key role in that process, according to the Ivys team. Ivys even invites other members to charge their fuel-cell electric vehicles at the station!

What’s more valuable than having your technology in use right next to you, where you can monitor it live every day? Sunforge hooked up its off-grid solar controllers to the solar panels on Greentown’s roof. Four pipes from the roof deck connect to the floor below, where the controllers route to a custom-built battery that then powers Sunforge’s desks. The Sunforge team wasn’t able to install this setup in their last workspace. When they asked us, we incorporated their needs into our headquarters’ building plan.

The Greentown Ecosystem

Greentown is all about forging connections. We need to work together to win the fight against climate change, and nowhere is the power of collaboration more apparent than at Greentown. 

We’ve seen firsthand the magical outcomes of relationships between startups and corporates, inventors and manufacturers, entrepreneurs and fellow entrepreneurs. We aim to be the link between key partners, creating a leading community of climate champions that’s a nexus of collaboration, innovation, and change. 

Partner-Member Collaboration: Pilot

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The Startup

Raptor Maps uses artificial intelligence and drone-based thermal imaging to pinpoint electrical issues and outages, damaged modules, and obstructed modules down to the exact solar panel. Raptor Maps monitors two percent of the world’s solar panels.

The Partnership

Raptor Maps teamed up with Enel Green Power to manage real-time operations across the corporate’s global solar portfolio.

An Assist from the Ecosystem

MassCEC helped make the Enel + Raptor Maps partnership possible through its InnovateMass program.

Access to Partners

Once you’re a member at Greentown, large corporations stop being enigmas and start being people. They’re the people who are hosting Lunch + Learns, holding office hours, and are really, really eager to meet you. Some of them are even sitting next to you in the office. These connections lead to real results, from pilot projects to investments to R&D partnerships.

These partners also provide you with the hardware, software, and professional services you need to succeed—think a FieldFox Handheld RF Analyzer, free SOLIDWORKS access, and $5,000 of IP legal services.

“When I think about Greentown, I think about the story of how we’re going to save this planet.”

Darryl Pollica

CEO and Co-founder of Ivys Energy Solutions