Massachusetts Clean Energy Incubators
“Incubators accelerate the successful development of start-up companies by providing entrepreneurs with an array of targeted resources and services, including mentorship, specialized equipment, flexible work space, business facilities, educational series and networks. If you are a clean energy company looking for an incubator, take a look at MassCEC’s Incubator Brochure to help you find the best fit for your business. Co-working spaces also provide flexible work space, business facilities and a network for new companies. See also our page on information about accelerators and other resources for startup companies.”
Incubators for Clean Energy Companies in Massachusetts
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
CIE is located in the South Coast Research and Technology Park, within a 60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art technology facility that contains research laboratories with focused technology and key equipment, a conference center and a technology venture center. ATMC provides advanced technology and manufacturing solutions, through industry and university partnerships, technical and business expertise, and support services, to meet current and future business needs.
CleanTech InnoVenture Center (Part of North Shore InnoVentures)
NSIV’s Cleantech InnoVenture Center cultivates innovative cleantech start-up companies and supports sustained economic growth in the region. They provide their companies access to 10,000 sq. ft. of shared office space and laboratories, shared equipment, mentoring and educational services, sponsor services, experienced entrepreneurs and investment advisers and support in raising capital. Together they help them conserve capital, make good decisions, build strong teams and achieve development and funding milestones.
Greentown Labs offers their cleantech startups access to 33,000 sq. ft. of a shared prototyping lab, office space and event space. They also leverage their facility, partners, and sponsors to provide their entrepreneurs with access to the equipment within their machine shop, services, education and the network they need to launch their companies quickly. By immersing their members into a growing community of energy and cleantech entrepreneurs, Greentown enables their startups to solve big energy problems.
Worcester Cleantech Incubator
Founded and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, the Worcester Cleantech Incubator (WCTI) is a community in the heart of central Massachusetts dedicated to building change. The WCTI facility, located in the Printers Building at 44 Portland Street in Worcester, provides access to the physical, network, and capital resources companies need to propel ideas to market – to bring products to market cheaper and faster. In addition to space, they provide in-house advising, mentorship, networking support, and external services (i.e. legal services) to entrepreneurs and startups. The 10,000 square foot space offers private offices, co-working space, conference rooms, event space, and prototyping labs.
Chestnut Innovation Center
The Chestnut Innovation Center is a Business Ecosystem, a vibrant environment for growing companies moving from prototypes to profitTM. The Ecosystem provides key elements companies need to get into production efficiently and get to market and profitability, including 3D printer, machine tooling, specialty coatings, plastics, custom wiring, assembly and packaging. Additionally the Chestnut Innovation Center offers flexible manufacturing space with capabilities to facilitate market access as well as flexible office spaces. They can also help provide knowledge transfer through their mentoring services to assist their companies.
Quincy Center for Innovation
The Quincy Center for Innovation is a 12,500 square foot co-operative work environment located just 7 miles south of Boston and minutes from the Wollaston MBTA Red Line, and fosters an environment for co-working and collaboration, supporting start-ups and early phase companies. It was formed in 2013 as a strategic partnership between the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincy 2000 Collaborative, Eastern Nazarene College and the City of Quincy. As a resident, or "program entrant", you will have access to mentors and individuals who are there to help you plan and grow your business. You will work alongside fellow entrepreneurs who share the same passion and enthusiasm as you.
TechSandBox is an incubator that offers coworking spaces to its resident tech and science startups. It provides mentors, programs, workshops and connections to financing for its member companies. They provide a 2,500 square foot coworking space, 1,200 square foot conference room, board room and training room, access to a growing base of software tools and other amenities to its resident entrepreneurs. TechSandBox also partners with experts to facilitate pro bono advice and mentoring, workshops, seminars and classes to enable their members to grow and succeed. Their value proposition is to provide as many of the resources, tools, support and connections as possible, all in one location, making it easier for a young company to focus. Some available resources include: oscilloscopes, multimeter, power supply, microprocessor chips and components and more, access to a growing set of software tools, including Mathworks, MathCAD,Simulink and Microsoft tool access, use of meeting rooms and professional address. They also host two cleantech startups and support six employees: total of 15 high-tech companies in residence.
Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION)
ACTION is the region’s network of cleantech incubators sharing the common goals of accelerating the growth and success of early-stage companies, strengthening the regional cleantech cluster, and adding to green job growth. They match the needs of cleantech entrepreneurs to capabilities within our member incubators. Through the ACTIONetwork, they provide startups with a variety of support services that include the use of specialized technical facilities for R&D, subsidized office space and administrative support, research and patent collaboration, valued programming, quality business mentoring and professional services, and potential funding opportunities to facilitate commercialization. The breadth and diversity of the incubator network offers entrepreneurs a comprehensive hub of knowledge, experience, and resources that is often unavailable from a single incubator organization. ACTION continues to expand its network of incubators nationally and internationally.
The Clean Energy Incubator Network
The Clean Energy Incubator Network is a national network of cleantech incubators, launched by the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in February 2015. The program aims to improve the performance of and provide nationwide coordination among existing and new clean energy business incubators. The network also connects critical industry and energy sector partners to advance clean energy startups and their technologies and serves as a portal for identifying industry best practices. The Clean Energy Incubator Network is currently developing additional resources, such as funding, laboratory and event resources, an evaluation toolkit that specifically guides start ups and a program called SmartIncubationTM. SmartIncubation is a clean tech business incubator best practice program that will collect metrics from start-ups and incubators and publish the results to identify and recommend best strategies and practices.
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)
CIC is a community of startups spanning most industries with nearly 450 startups located in the heart of Kendall Square next to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This is the largest gathering of startups under one roof anywhere. CIC offers startups and emerging growth companies award-winning facilities and state-of-the-art business and technical services in a cost-efficient package that scales with the company's growth.
Merrimack Valley Sandbox
The Merrimack Valley Sandbox has co-working space in the historic Wannalancit Mills in Lowell, offering space to local startups, freelancers and remote employees of larger companies. Residents have a professionally managed workspace with wifi, printing and a kitchen, access to conference rooms, discounted parking, and snacks and coffee.
Boston and Cambridge
Workbar offers work space, meeting rooms, event space and social and educational programming to startups, freelancers and remote employees.
Boston, South Station and Fort Point
WeWork offers flexible office spaces and tight knit communities for growing companies in 37 different cities with 118 different office locations. They offer a variety of membership plans ranging from access to their network to renting a private office in one of their many locations. Services offered include basic office amenities such as printing and internet, also spacious common areas where bushiness can socialize and work together. There are also many opportunities to network outside of the WeWork community through the lunch and learns, networking events and office hours held with investors and industry leaders.
DH is a dedicated civic space intended to be a place where innovators can come together to share ideas. This space is open for anyone to use, it is encouraged that innovators in the Boston area come here to brainstorm, network and host events and meetings with investors or customers. DH is a central location for the innovative community in Boston that includes open work-space, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use “pods” and writable surfaces. DH’s mission is simple: to build, strengthen, and connect individuals and communities of innovators.
If you have an incubator or coworking space in Massachusetts that offers services to clean energy companies and would like to be included on this list, please email us.