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What is a Cleantech Incubator?

Cleantech incubators are typically non-profit organizations that are dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of technology, products, or services for the cleantech industry. These incubators typically provide support to a portfolio of entrepreneurs and emerging companies through a variety of programs that may include:

  • Education and training
  • Industry/government networking opportunities
  • Business mentoring
  • Access to R&D facilities, equipment, and resources
  • Subsidized office space and administrative infrastructure
  • Professional services such as marketing and financial/accounting
  • Legal assistance with regulatory compliance and Intellectual property management
  • Access to investor funding and/or direct financial support.

Membership in ACTION is open to non-profit organizations that are dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of technology, products, or services for the cleantech industry. Additionally, for-profit corporations, service providers and other supporting organizations may join ACTION as Affiliate Members/Supporting Sponsors. Our Membership works closely with government agencies, non-government organizations, foundations, universities and other organizations that provide funding, services, facilities and administration to early-stage cleantech companies in New England. These emerging cleantech companies are engaged in developing technology and services in clean energy and environmental sustainability.

ACTION Incubator Members:

Alpha Loft, Portsmouth, Manchester and Durham NH

Alpha Loft is dedicated to accelerating the development of early-stage, scalable businesses, commercializing the intellectual capital developed at UNH and other leading educational institutions, and creating sustainable employment opportunities in the State of New Hampshire.

Alpha Loft supports and provides resources to entrepreneurs, improving their prospects for successfully launching and scaling innovation-based businesses. Alpha Loft’s success means a strong entrepreneurial culture in NH, creating companies and high quality jobs. In addition to high value programming, events, advice, and mentoring, Alpha Loft has locations in Durham, Portsmouth, and Manchester where entrepreneurs can start and build their companies.

  • Incubator Space
  • Dedicated laboratories, including a prototype and machine shop, environmental chemistry, and life sciences, with full-time staff.
  • Specialized Equipment - (including a scanning electron microscope)
  • Access to UMass Dartmouth faculty, researchers, and students.
  • Entrepreneurial programming through a partnership with the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF)

Umass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is an incubator for technology-driven companies to build their exciting ideas. Located in the South Coast Research and Technology Park, near the intersection of Routes 195 and 24 in Fall River, the center is housed in a 60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. The goal of the CIE is to provide advanced technology and manufacturing solutions, through industry and university partnerships, to meet current and future business needs.

  • Flexible manufacturing/office space
  • Partnership program to facilitate getting to market
  • Knowledge transfer and mentoring

Chestnut Innovation Center, Amesbury, MA

The Chestnut Innovation Center is a Business Ecosystem. A unique environment for growing companies designed to assist companies reach/increase profitability by providing key elements to helping companies get into production efficiently, and helping bring all the elements necessary to get to market and profitability, including 3D printer, machine tooling, specialty coatings, plastics (sheet and molded), custom wiring, assembly, and packaging.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, E. Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. helps private and public entities to apply innovative tools and practices to increase efficiencies, improve workforce development and boost competitiveness. CCAT functions as a unique economic development organization that combines expertise in cutting-edge technology with specialized centers of excellence in manufacturing, education, training, energy and entrepreneurialism. Throughout these efforts, we promote partnership between industry, academia and government to create a new collaborative framework for addressing 21st-century economic challenges.

Environmental and Energy Council of Maine, Portland, ME

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) believes that the greatest potential for Maine’s future economic growth is in the “clean tech” sector led by environmental and energy technology businesses. E2Tech acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information through events and forums, conducting special projects, and leading efforts to promote the sector. The member-based organization seeks to build Maine’s environmental and energy technology economy and includes renewable power companies, environmental engineers, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, as well as government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations and businesses that see the economic promise of clean tech for Maine.

  • Machine shop
  • Electronics lab
  • Prototyping space
  • Shared tools

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Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA

Greentown Labs provides entrepreneurs the research and development space they need to launch their clean technology ventures. Currently housing 24 early stage companies and located in downtown Boston's Innovation District (MBTA: South Station), Greentown Labs sprung from a grassroots cluster of award-winning clean technology companies looking for low-cost prototyping space near MIT. In addition to office space, our members have access to a machine shop, an electronics lab, shared tools, and a thriving community of clean energy start-ups.

Innovacorp Demonstration Centre:

  • Industrial site for demonstration projects
  • Access to port and wharf
  • Proximity to fibre

Innovacorp, Halifax NS

Innovacorp’s mission is to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Early stage venture capital is at the core of our business model. We also give entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice, and other support to help them accelerate their companies.

Innovacorp manages three incubation assets. The Technology Innovation Centre targets companies in clean technology, while the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre focuses on companies in the life sciences sectors. The Innovacorp Demonstration Centre is an industrial demonstration facility for bioresource innovators. The facilities offer much more than just space and infrastructure. They also provide on-site support, flexible leasing, and corporate credibility – things emerging companies need to grow stronger, faster.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, ME

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) is a public municipal corporation by State law established by the Maine State Legislature to implement the NASB Reuse Master Plans for both NASB and Topsham's Annex as they have been set forth by both the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority (BLRA) and the Topsham Local Redevelopment Authority (TLRA). The Reuse Master Plans for NASB and the Topsham Annex represent a unique opportunity to establish a vibrant live, work, learn, and play environment, Centers of excellence for technology innovation, environmental sustainability, and "green" community development, a variety of corporate, business, academic, recreational, and community services, and a strong sense of place based on smart growth principles.

  • Wet lab space for biotech and cleantech companies
  • Mentoring and advising
  • InnoVentures University business training programs

North Shore InnoVentures, Beverly, MA

Cleantech InnoVenture Center (CIVC) is business incubator to nurture innovative early-stage cleantech companies and support sustained economic growth in our region. NSIV is a non-profit, supported in part by state and federal grants as well as corporate sponsors, which helps subsidize the facilities and services we offer. Collaboration is at the heart of our model. We bring shared physical resources, sponsor services, experienced entrepreneurs and investment advisers together with promising young companies. Together we help them conserve capital, make good decisions, build strong teams and achieve development and funding milestones.

OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK

With the southern North Sea emerging as the international proving ground for large-scale offshore wind farms. OrbisEnergy is the flagship for businesses keen to capture the economic benefits from offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies. OrbisEnergy is driving local regeneration, offering tenants, visitors and investors directed access to dedicated offshore renewable business network.

Polo Meccatronica, Rovereto TN, Italy

The Mechatronics Cluster brings together representatives of the worlds of production, education and research in areas related to mechatronics: a new form of engineering combining information technology, electronics, mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics.

The coexistence of different companies, secondary schools, university departments, research centres and industrial accelerators supported by the valuable services of Trentino Sviluppo creates the ideal conditions for experimentation and production of innovative processes and products.

The Cluster is the most recent expression of Trentino’s natural inclination for mechanics and mechatronics. This is in fact the sector employing the majority of workers in manufacturing industry (almost 10,000), with about 800 active enterprises, making an important contribution to Trentino’s exports.

In this business hub, research centres and educational institutions perform their functions while at the same time responding to local demand for innovation, contributing to the social and economic development of the district of Rovereto and to production throughout Trentino.

Progetto Manifattura, Rovereto TN, Italy

Progetto Manifattura - Green Innovation Factory is an initiative of the autonomous Province of Trento to transform a former tobacco plant into a cluster for cleantech innovation. With over 100,000 square feet of floor space situated on roughly 22 acres of land, the space will be used to host private enterprise in three main sectors: green building, renewable energy and environmental technologies, with research labs, training facilities, and public uses designed specifically to promote the cluster concept. Participating companies will benefit from an innovation ecosystem unique in Italy, with assistance programs for starting and growing new businesses.

The Quincy Center for Innovation

The Quincy Center for Innovation is a unique co-operative office model consisting of three primary objectives designed to foster business growth and expansion, Collaboration, Programming, and Support. The 12,500 square foot facility is located within the Eastern Nazarene College Business Administration building at 180 Old Colony Avenue, just minutes from the Wollaston Red Line MBTA station. Contact Dean Rizzo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Visit

  • Networking and business to business services
  • Marketing & communications
  • Management, advisory and mentoring
  • Co-working, office and prototyping space

Worcester Clean Tech Incubator, Worcester, MA

WCTI is a clean tech oriented business incubator located at 44 Portland Street, in the heart of downtown Worcester. Its mission is to nurture and foster the growth of entrepreneurial enterprises that will address the most pressing issues of our time. WCTI 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, we provide in-house advising, mentorship, networking support, and external services (i.e. legal services) to entrepreneurs and startups.


Benefits of ACTION Membership

All of our incubator Members share the goal of accelerating the success of their portfolio companies, strengthening the cleantech sector in New England, and growing green jobs. ACTION provides its Members with opportunities to leverage administrative information, administrative functions, and knowledge across its comprehensive network. ACTION creates, collect, and make available commonly needed documentation. In addition to the sharing of documents, ACTION also consolidates and shares industry sector best practices and operational procedures that can be used by our Membership.

ACTION serves as a lead generation resource for all ACTIONetwork incubators. We connect with network and cleantech ecosystem resources to offer a point of contact for emerging companies and entrepreneurs. We also help coordinate educational programs that provide functional knowledge to the portfolio companies of our Membership.

The cleantech sector encompasses a wide array of sub-sector industries and business models. ACTION maintains a directory of the companies that are working out of affiliated incubators. We actively make introductions and connections between the executives running those companies. ACTION is a valuable resource helping to match incubated companies that operate in common sub-sectors.

ACTION also maintains a centralized database of mentors and advisors who volunteer their time to work with incubated companies. The database benefits incubated companies by matching them with advisors who have specialized knowledge that can help them create and execute their business plans.

ACTION is a centralized organizing body working with cleantech-focused startups, incubators, and industry groups. Therefore ACTION serves as a common point of communication allowing interested parties to establish contact with cleantech incubators and their portfolio companies.

ACTION may facilitate introductions for incubated companies to a range of potential investors. Additionally, we may provide a mechanism for investors to make connections with start-ups for potential investments.