The primary role of this directory is to provide online access to a growing database of cleantech innovation labs, testbeds, and demonstration sites located throughout the northeastern U.S.
New England is a unique region in the United States, characterized by small states with diverse attributes, a broad culture of entrepreneurism, and an abundance of research institutions. Building and maintaining a strong cleantech innovation cluster requires awareness, access, and development of regional innovation assets, networks, and culture. The Cleantech Innovation Cluster Analysis Program was launched in early 2013 to document the landscape of cleantech innovation across the region, establishing a comprehensive database including early-stage cleantech companies and the critical infrastructure supporting them. The first phase of this project included initial data gathering and high-level analysis including deliverables that help:
- Define, quantify, and assess the clean energy cluster and support regional innovators and entrepreneurs find the resources they need to hit commercialization milestones,
- Assist in recruitment of entrepreneurs, inventors, and companies to the New England clean energy cluster and
- Educate policy-makers and other stakeholders in the region
This included identifying many of the region’s laboratories and testbeds available to help emerging companies validate their technologies. Phase 2 of this project is to conduct a deep dive into laboratory, testbed, and demonstration site capabilities seated within and around the northeast’s cleantech cluster. This research established the database on which this online directory is based. This directory and its database represent an important step in the ongoing effort to providing a comprehensive, accessible listing of the laboratory, testbed and demonstration capabilities that emerging cleantech companies seek when trying to validate their technologies.
About Cleantech Navigate Northeast
Cleantech Navigate Northeast is the only region-wide resource network able to help entrepreneurs make quality, targeted connections on a regional scale, designed to help make the Northeast the best and easiest place to start and grow a cleantech business. Cleantech Navigate Northeast gets to know cleantech entrepreneurs and their business needs, and provides entrepreneurs with tailored access to critical resources needed for cleantech entrepreneurs to develop, scale and succeed as quickly as possible.
For more details, read NECEC’s press release announcing Cleantech Navigate Northeast and the formal alliance with Cleantech Open Northeast.
Want to get involved with Cleantech Navigate Northeast? Send us your contact information, or contact Alexandra Adler, NECEC’s Senior Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cleantech Navigate Northeast Labs & Testing Facilities directory is a service of the NECEC Institute.
Technical assistance for this project was provided by Meister Consultants Group, Inc. and Sproutreach®.
Meister Consultants Group (MCG) is an international sustainability consulting firm. With affiliates in the United States and Europe, MCG uses innovative problem solving approaches to advise clients on market research, policy analysis, and cluster development programs.
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