Year 1 Cohort
Sneakers made from food waste. Ultracapacitors built with hemp sourced from Black and Indigenous farmers. Ultra-light solar panels you can place anywhere. These are just some of the groundbreaking climatetech solutions being developed by the inaugural ACCEL cohort.
Learn about the startups below and check out their success during the program!
EarthBond is Bringing Solar Energy and Cost Savings to Nigerian Business Owners
EarthBond (Cambridge, Mass.) leverages group financing and carbon accounting to lower costs and risk in the energy transition of Nigeria’s $14B fuel-based, off-grid generator market. Its founder is Chidalu Onyenso.
florrent is Developing Hemp-Based Ultracapacitors for the Energy Transition
florrent (Amherst, Mass.) is developing “marathon runner” energy storage solutions called ultracapacitors made from hemp farmed by indigenous BIPOC farmers. Its co-founders are Jose LaSalle, Joe Hastry, and Alexander Nichols.
DrinKicks is Creating Shoes Out of Food Waste and Recycled Materials While Educating on Circularity
DrinKicks (Houston, Texas) is developing sneakers made from food waste and recycled materials in an effort to engage the sneaker enthusiast community in circularity. Its co-founders are Kristeen Reynolds, Michael Fletcher, and Kristen Lee.
SpadXTech’s Materials Platform Tech Can Decarbonize Textiles, Transportation, Filtration, and More
SpadXTech (Worcester, Mass.) is reducing emissions in packaging, textiles, transportation, filtration, and more through its core and versatile material platform technology. Its co-founders are Lina M. González and Connor Crawford.