Decarbonize Energy and Electricity with Greentown Go, TEX-E, and More!

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Dear Friends of Greentown Labs,

More Greentown startups are innovating in electricity and energy than in any other sector. It’s not hard to see why—electricity generation alone is currently responsible for 27 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and for hard-to-decarbonize applications where electrification isn’t possible, we’ll need new fuels and other solutions that deliver energy without carbon emissions.

To tackle emissions in this sector, we need collaborative innovations that change how energy is generated, stored, transported, and consumed—challenges that our startups are working on day in and day out. Take Lignium Energy, which transforms problematic manure into odorless combustion pellets that can be used as inexpensive, climate-friendly fuel and provide a new source of revenue to farmers, or Form Energy, which is pioneering cost-effective, multi-day energy storage and just announced its first iron-air battery manufacturing facility.

This January, we’re launching two exciting endeavors to advance electricity and energy innovations. First is Go Energize 2023, a Greentown Go startup-corporate partnerships accelerator with Vineyard Wind and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center focused on solutions for responsible offshore wind project development. Applications are due April 4; view the full RFP here.

The second initiative is the inaugural TEX-E Prize, which is accepting applications through Jan. 29 from Texas student entrepreneurs who are developing energy transition solutions! This multi-round startup competition is part of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy (TEX-E), a first-of-a-kind collaboration among Greentown, MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and universities across Texas to create a powerful, student-driven energy entrepreneurship ecosystem in and around Houston.

Know someone who should apply to Go Energize 2023 or the TEX-E Prize? We’d appreciate your help spreading the word by forwarding them this email! 

Read on for our members’ latest milestones, upcoming events, and more—and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to get involved with or support our community. Thank you for your commitment to climate action!

The Greentown Labs Team

Greentown is Hiring!

As Greentown continues to welcome more members and partners and launch new programs, we’re growing our team to support our efforts. Take a look at our open roles and apply if you’re interested! Please share with your network if you know anyone who could be a fit.

  • Senior Vice President of Partnerships (Boston, MA)
  • Accounting Manager (Boston, MA)
  • General Manager (Houston, TX)
  • Events Manager (Houston, TX)

Member Milestones

What does climate action look like? Climatetech startups receiving funding, winning awards, deploying their tech around the world, and more! Read a roundup of our members’ recent milestones here and check out some highlights below:

  • Sublime Systems raised a $40M Series A to advance its groundbreaking manufacturing process for low-carbon cement.
  • Future partnered with Volkswagen to develop an EV calculator that tells customers how many tons of carbon they could save by switching from a gas-powered car to VW’s ID.4 EV.
  • Energy Dome won €17.5M from the European Commission’s 2022 EIC Accelerator to advance its CO2 battery.
  • Syzygy Plasmonics is partnering with nonprofit research institute RTI International to demonstrate sustainable fuel production from CO2 and methane—a project sponsored by Greentown partners Equinor Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.
  • Nth Cycle won a $2.15M grant from the Department of Energy for its electro-extraction technology.
  • Alma Energy signed an MOU with the University of Texas El Paso on direct lithium extraction from brine produced from geothermal wells.
  • Aja Labs raised a $2.5M seed round to accelerate commercialization of its environmentally friendly synthetic hair alternative.

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

Feb. 2: EnergyBar — Celebrating a Decade of Impact [Greentown Boston]
EnergyBars are Greentown Boston’s signature networking event devoted to connecting partners and investors to our community of climatetech entrepreneurs, so it’s only right that we dedicate our first EnergyBar of 2023 to the incredible tenure of Greentown’s first employee, Emily Reichert, as she steps down as CEO after 10 years leading our organization!

Feb. 23: ACCEL Kickoff Event [Greentown Boston]
Join us to celebrate the kickoff of ACCEL, an accelerator program for BIPOC-led startups from Greentown and Browning the Green Space. At this event, you’ll get to hear from the participating cohort of innovative climatetech startups!

Feb. 28: Houston Tech Rodeo Event [Greentown Houston]
Join us as part of Houston Tech Rodeo, a conference showcasing the best and brightest of the Houston startup community by bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and creative minds in a room to talk about the biggest innovations and the future of tech. Stick around after the event for a happy hour and tequila tasting sponsored by Blue People!

March 2: Climatetech Intern Fair [Greentown Boston]
Calling all students and soon-to-be graduates! Please join us for our annual Intern Fair, which focuses on connecting rockstar interns directly with Greentown’s network of cutting-edge climatetech startups looking for bright and eager talent.

March 30: EnergyBar — Go Make 2022 Final Showcase [Greentown Boston]
This networking event is focused on celebrating the culmination of Greentown Go Make 2022, a startup-corporate partnerships accelerator focused on decarbonizing supply chains. This program was developed in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) and the M-Lab Companies.

April 19-22: EarthX’s E-Capital Summit [Ecosystem Event]
Join EarthX at its annual summit to network with investment, business, and policy leaders, and possibly even pitch your early-stage climate technology!

Recent Reads

Check out startups’ progress and accomplishments during Year 2 of the Carbon to Value Initiative’s carbontech accelerator!
Along with the Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Innovate UK, Greentown is thrilled to announce the third cohort of the Global Incubator Program: Clean Growth edition. This program provides eight cutting-edge, U.K.-based climatetech companies with the opportunity to explore U.S. market entry and access to world-class mentors.

Thank You to Our Partners 🌍

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