The 15-week program targets early stage companies for “cleantech-specific” instruction, mentoring, and support in business planning, manufacturing products, and building a customer base. Participants are from startups that address energy use, toxic chemical removal, biofuels, waste reduction, and other green-leaning technologies.
Alumni from last year’s program include Seattle’s BlueDot Photonics, which offers a coating for solar panels that increases efficiency; Olympia, Wash.-based Hexas Biomass, a startup focused on creating a sustainable wood substitute; and Sironix Renewables, a Seattle company developing safer, plant-based chemicals for use in industrial consumer products. Sironix was also a participant in GeekWire’s 2019 Elevator Pitch series. The accelerator launched in 2015.
The 10 startups for the 2020 accelerator, as described by the cohort:
- Aquagga (Seattle and Fairbanks, Alaska): Developer of energy-efficient system that destroys contaminants and converts aqueous mixtures containing PFAS, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, pesticides or other toxins into clean water.
- Chapul (Salt Lake City and McMinnville, Ore.): Developer of modular insect farms that process diverted agricultural waste streams into dried insect larvae for food and fertilizer and also reduces agriculture water usage.
- EarthUp (Kenmore, Wash.): Developer of a software platform that allows employers to baseline the environmental impact of employees and engage them to reduce carbon footprints and track reduction over time.
- FlexCharging (Redmond, Wash.): Provider of an EV charging app that helps drivers and utility partners understand charge sessions, utility rates and schedules, keeping energy costs low and the electric grid balanced.
- Industria (Portland): Developer of SaaS tools designed to help environmental professionals collect and communicate findings in a thoughtful, elegant and expeditious way to better serve clients and the environment.
- Matidor Technologies (Vancouver, B.C.): Developer of an intuitive collaboration platform that helps the field service industry organize location-based projects on a live-updating map with easy visualization, team collaboration and management.
- NULIFE GreenTech (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan): Developer of a catalyst that removes oxygen from biofuels so they can be refined, allowing governments around the world to meet their clean fuel mandates.
- Regenerated Textiles (Seattle): Maker of shipping-container sized textile waste recycling machines that convert end-of-life clothing and textiles into brand new market grade fiber.
- LeapFrog Design (Bend, Ore.): Developer of a sustainable, scalable system for treating and recycling household greywater using plants and natural materials.
- Voltaic Marine (Beaverton, Ore.): Developer of a technology to bring electric vehicle mass adoption to the marine Industry.