Startups

You’re the expert on your technology.

We’re the experts on scaling climatetech startups.

That’s a pretty great combination.

We know what climatetech and cleantech startups need to succeed because we transform their growth every day. From equipment to advice to workshops to introductions, we connect companies with the people and resources they need to thrive.

But we also know every startup is different, which means we’re continuously adapting to meet our members’ needs. Want to do something at Greentown that’s never been done before? Great—we’ll help you make it happen.

We have the data to prove this system works: 88 percent of the startups we’ve supported are still in business today.

Our members are innovating across the key greenhouse gas emitting sectors: electricity, transportation, buildings, manufacturing, and agtech + water. What ties this community of entrepreneurs together is a common drive to tackle climate change with the technologies that will power our future—and an understanding that no one can do this alone.

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 300+ startups later, many of our members still say the community is their favorite part of Greentown.

The Greentown Ecosystem: Corporates, Investors, and Others Who Can Help Your Company Grow

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.

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 SOLIDWORKS, scientific articles, and prototyping equipment.

Investor Program

Our investor program’s mission is simple: to connect our startups with the capital they need to scale. From curating investor-startup matches to facilitating pitching practice and feedback to guiding our members through grant funding opportunities, we’re committed to helping our startups navigate the fundraising process.

Want to learn more about how we can help? Get in touch!

Labs, Office Space, Tools + Equipment, and More

Greentown Labs – HQ

Our headquarters spans three buildings in Somerville, MA, offering members the resources they need to help their technology take off.

See Our Campus

Greentown Houston

Tap into the climatetech startup ecosystem in the energy capital of the world.

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Software + Business Resources

Greentown provides a host of resources beyond our campus so that climatetech startups can access the resources, tools, connections, and programming they need to thrive, no matter where they’re based.

Free + discounted software licenses

  • Free: SOLIDWORKS, Altium, MathWorks, Keysight Advanced Design System
  • Discounted: Ansys
  • $15K credit: Amazon Web Services

Academic + scientific articles

  • Available throughout partner University of Massachusetts Lowell

Industry + market research reports

  • Available throughout partner Lux Research

The Manufacturing Initiative

  • Assistance tapping into the regional manufacturing ecosystem and supply chain run through FORGE, our sister nonprofit

Marketing + visibility

  • Member company micro-page on our website
  • Promotion of member press coverage, announcements, and job openings
  • Marketing guidance

See the Greentown HQ and Greentown Houston pages for additional, location-specific resources!

Members-only Events

Want to learn about how to approach investors? How to work with corporates? How VCs think about capitalization tables? Greentown has your answers.

We host more than 350 internal events each year, including:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Expert Panels
  • Networking Events
  • Industry-specific Workshops
  • Office Hours

All of our programming is designed to equip our members with the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to succeed. These events aim to facilitate exchanges of knowledge and build a sense of community.