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Do North Coworking Announces First Cohort of Forest Products Accelerator

Vermont Business Magazine Do North Coworking and Northern Vermont University announced the first participants in the Forest Products Accelerator program. Seven companies from across the Northeast will participate in this four-month program. This four-month program is open to start-ups and seed-stage companies commercializing new and improved products, services and technologies in forestry.

Jared Reynolds, Manager, Do North Coworking and Forest Products Accelerator, said: “These companies are tackling some of the most pressing industry challenges by developing new technologies, energy and fuel solutions, sustainable packaging and products.”

The program focuses on companies developing products using low-grade wood and by-products, technologies to improve forestry operations, or wood-based fuel and energy systems.

We provide participating companies with a rigorous commercialization curriculum to develop business cases, business models, go-to-market plans, and connections with industry experts, customers, and suppliers.

The Accelerator will launch on August 1, with participants participating in multi-day in-person and virtual workshops, webinars, panels, and coaching throughout the program. The Forest Products Accelerator was made possible with the support of the Northern Borders Regional Commission and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

The accelerator’s goal is to help forestry-focused companies turn new technologies into sustainable and impactful businesses. Participating companies focus on new types of wood pellets, biochar, biomass energy, technology, sustainable packaging and products. The following companies are participating in the current cohort of the Forest Products Accelerator:

• Applied Biorefinery Sciences (New York) is developing water-based biorefinery technology using hot water extraction to improve the production of fuel pellets, pulp, products, and chemicals from biomass.
•Farm to Flame (Pennsylvania) is developing a system that uses smokeless and odorless biomass generators to provide clean, affordable, renewable power to medium and large commercial operations.
• Sylvacurl (Vermont) manufactures biodegradable and compostable packaging made from low environmental impact wood curls.
• Forestopia (Massachusetts) is developing a platform to expand market opportunities for sustainably sourced tree crops and tree products.
•Forward Forestry (New Hampshire) is building a platform that connects loggers to the sawmills they buy logs from and coordinates the sale of those logs.
•Gaia AI (Massachusetts) is developing an AI-based platform for forest management that addresses the challenges of carbon accounting and validation.
• Green State Biochar (Vermont) develops biochar from available waste wood for a myriad of uses, including energy production and water purification.

For more information about the Forest Products Accelerator, connecting with participating companies, or becoming a program sponsor, please visit www.forestaccelerator.org or email info@forestaccelerator.org.

Forest Products Accelerator is an initiative of Do North Coworking located at 930 Broad St. in downtown Lyndonville, Vermont. Do North Coworking, an economic development initiative of Northern Vermont University and Lyndon, provides coworking spaces and business services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and remote workers, and provides workspaces and learning initiatives such as Forest Products Accelerator and KickStartNEK. I’m here. For more information, please visit www.donorthcoworking.com.

Northern Vermont University is a two-campus institution of higher education that combines the campus’s nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs. The goal of Northern Vermont University is to guide curious, driven, and enthusiastic students on the path to success and their place in the world. NVU Online offers flexible, affordable, high-quality options for learners pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as credit and non-credit, and professional development courses. On July 1, 2023, Northern Vermont University will join Castleton College and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University, a reimagined institution of higher education built on the strong legacy of its founding institutions. increase. For more information, visit NorthernVermont.edu.

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