Forestry Business Accelerator
Do North Coworking runs North America’s only forestry-focused business accelerator. The 4-month program supports companies commercializing new products, services, or technology in the forest industry. Participating companies get expert advice and tools to build a market validated business case, model, and operating plan through a rigorous commercialization curriculum, coaching, webinars and panels, and connections to industry experts, customers, and suppliers.
The Accelerator focuses on companies in three key areas:
- Products that use chips, dust, resins, and other byproducts and low grade wood.
- Technology that improves forest management, sales, safety, and other operations.
- Products and processes that develop and improve advanced wood heat, fuels, and energy.
Nominate A Business to Participate!
April 1st: Application opens, rolling acceptance
June 17th: Application closes
July 18th: Accelerator prework begins
August 1st & 2nd: 2-day virtual kickoff
August 29th-September 1st: Sprint #1, Lyndonville, VT
October 10th-12th: Sprint #2, Virtual
November 14th – 16th: Sprint #3, Lyndonville, VT
There are additional webinars, team coaching, and meetings with industry experts spread throughout the program.
Companies get expert advice and a process and tools to build a market validated business case, model, and market plan. Program benefits include:
Connections to industry experts and key players in the forest products value chain to gain insight and guidance on the forest products market for your company and connections to suppliers and customers.
Partnerships with universities, labs, and national businesses to access research, pilots, testing, and other resources for your business.
Access to resources throughout the program including subscriptions and databases at Northern Vermont University, workspace at Do North Coworking, and equipment at The Foundry.
A hybrid program with both virtual and in-person components that provides financial support for participant travel and lodging for two trips to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to connect in-person with other cohort participants, coaches, and industry players.