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What are the best practices for creating a [green] incubator?

I am in the process of developing an incubator for green enterprise, and was wondering if the community has some advice on how to best help green entrepreneurs.

Success will be measured by the number of green businesses who exit the incubator and operate successfully.


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Joe Dunnigan
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Joe Dunnigan Entrepreneur
Founder - CEO at +swappow
Are you familiar with Seed Spot? They are in Arizona. They are a great example of something like what it sounds like you are considering.
Patrick Hidalgo
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Patrick Hidalgo Entrepreneur • Advisor
Financial industry executive who is now writing software.
Even though it is an accelerator, checkout the Cleantech Open. It is almost entirely run by volunteers (myself being one of them) and companies that have gone through the program have raised ~$1B.
Robinson Greig
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Robinson Greig Entrepreneur
User Experience Designer at Catalant Technologies
Hi Selma - you should reach out to Emily at Greentown Labs (http://greentownlabs.org/). -About once per week, I write about education, startups, or lifestyle. Subscribe:http://www.robinsongreig.com/subscribe.html
Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll
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Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Hi Selma,

You are certainly at the cusp of the latest trend meaning green incubators. I suggest you take a look athttp://www.canopyboulder.com which is based in Boulder Colorado and describes itself as

"a mentorship-driven seed-stage investment program for startups in the cannabis industry, with a focus on ancillary products and services."

You can probably learn a lot from their program even though I have not gone through it or experienced it myself.

Good luck
Kevin Danaher
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Kevin Danaher Advisor
Co-Founder, Global Exchange & Green Festivals
Hi Selma, I am working on a similar concept. I will attach a copy of the current draft of the plan. I am hoping to do the first one here in San Francisco and then share the model with other cities. peace, Kevin Danaher
Selma Elouardighi
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Selma Elouardighi Entrepreneur
Founder and Director General at Cluster Industriel pour les Services Environnementaux-Maroc
@ Greig: Thank you so so much! I just subscribed to your publication

@Ralf-Reiner: Thank you so much.. I am checking the canopy boulder, and it is definitely something I want to learn more about!

@ Kevin: This is great! This incubator will be in Morocco, but I am currently in Petaluma. It would be great to meet at some point if you are available!
Jason Hirschton
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Jason Hirschton Advisor
Vice President, West Coast Development at buildOn
Hi Selma, Id love to talk to you in more detail about this idea. Can we schedule a time to talk? Thanks! Jay Jason J. Hirschton Cell: [removed to protect privacy] Personal:[removed to protect privacy] Work: [removed to protect privacy] "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation." -Pearl S. Buck
Selma Elouardighi
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Selma Elouardighi Entrepreneur
Founder and Director General at Cluster Industriel pour les Services Environnementaux-Maroc
Jason,
That would be great! When would be a good time? Also, your numbers were erased, and so I will try to connect with you through LinkedIn.
Michael 'Luni' Libes
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A year later, what's the status of the green accelerator? For the past 4+ years I've run Fledge, the conscious company accelerator, and am happy to share my learnings.
Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll
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Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO - Secure.cc
I am blown away by Fledge. What a powerful vision. Some green accelerators have already been formed (gateway in Oakland and CanopyBoulder in Colorado. We are preparing the launch of NextPitch.tv with the mission of letting the crowd take an active role in financing startups.
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