Applications for the first cohort of Vermont’s Forest Products Accelerator are now open until June 17th. 

PROGRAM: The four month program is focused on North American startups or seed stage companies working to commercialize products, services, or technology in the forest and wood products  industry. Starting in mid-July, the program includes two in-person sprints, two virtual sprints, a series of webinars and panels, 1:1 coaching, connections to mentors and industry experts, and participant funding for travel and lodging.

FOCUS AREAS: The Forest Products Accelerator has three broad focus areas:

  • Products that use byproducts, chips, dust, resin, or other low grade wood. 
  • Technology that improves forestry operations, management, sales, safety, or workforce. 
  • Products or services that develop,  improve, or increase the use of advanced wood heat, energy, and fuels.

Learn more and apply to participate in the program at or email


Nominate A Business to Participate!

Program Timeline:

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.


Accelerator Benefits:

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. 

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