ITEC Partners with The Association Of Cleantech Incubators Of New England (ACTION) To Support Clean Technology Ventures

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January 11th, 2012

With the goal of accelerating the growth and success for early-stage cleantech businesses, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION) has partnered with The Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) at Boston University to develop and deliver educational programs relevant to start-ups. The educational programs are designed to support the unique and evolving needs of the companies hosted in the ACTIONetwork incubators, and to other select stakeholders.

Michael Ryan, President and Co-Founder of ACTION explained,“The breadth and diversity of our incubator network offers entrepreneurs a wide range of knowledge, experience, and resources that are often unavailable from a single incubator organization. By partnering with Boston University, we can offer our member organizations, and the entrepreneurs and emerging companies that affiliate with them, the unique ability to access world-class entrepreneurial education, designed to support their evolving business development needs.”

Paul McManus, Managing Director of ITEC, described the value of the university’s collaboration with ACTION. “As these companies make the challenging transition from lab to market, we are pleased to provide them with valuable educational support that enhances and accelerates their opportunity for success. The university is a major supporter of clean technology and we are pleased to collaborate with ACTION, an organization whose clear focus and promising mission helps improve the lives of individuals around the world.”

Greentown Labs, a Boston-based clean technology incubator and member of the ACTIONetwork, worked with Boston University’s ITEC and ACTION to coordinate a panel discussion as part of EnergyBar, a bi-monthly cleantech event held at Greentown Labs. Jason Hanna, Managing Director of Greentown Labs, commented on the event, “With the help of Boston University and ACTION we were able to organize and assemble a fantastic group of panelists. The discussion was very well attended and a great addition to our regular networking event. We’re looking forward to future collaborations with ITEC and ACTION.”

The event was held on Dec. 1, 2011 and featured an impressive group of experts discussing patents, and intellectual property opportunities/challenges facing cleantech entrepreneurs. Panelists featured special guest and BU alumnus, Azam Khan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Brian Chemel, Co-Founder of Digital Lumens, Iain Cockburn, Ph.D., Richard C Shipley Professor of Management from Boston University and Michael Pomianek, Ph.D. J.D. from Wolf Greenfield. Jonathan Jensen, Director of Business Development for the Office of Technology Development at Boston University was the moderator.


The Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION) is New England’s leading network of cleantech incubators sharing the common goals of accelerating the growth and success of early-stage companies, strengthening the regional cleantech cluster, and creating more green jobs in New England. ACTION is a nonprofit organization. Our network of incubators provides diverse resources and a highly- supportive hub in which entrepreneurs, business leaders, government agencies, community leaders, investors, universities, and other interested organizations can collaborate toward the successful commercialization of enterprises that will build a prosperous green economy, improve the quality of our lives and sustain the health of our environment.  For more information, visit

About Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is a Boston-based incubator for early-stage clean energy companies. Greentown Labs provides the facilities, resources, and networks that help entrepreneurs launch their clean energy ventures. From their 14,000 square foot facility members gain access to a variety of services – including prototyping space, machine tools, welding and cutting equipment, and an electronics laboratory. Founded and managed by clean energy entrepreneurs-in-residence, Greentown Labs currently provides research & development space to thirteen early stage companies. Greentown Labs is conveniently located 3.5 blocks from Boston’s South Station in Boston’s newly titled Innovation District. For more information, visit

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