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February 27, 2023

SpadXTech selected for BIPOC-led startup accelerator

PHOTO | Courtesy Google Maps Greentown Labs in Houston, Texas

SpadXTech, a Worcester-based climate technology startup, has been selected for a new accelerator that aims to support companies in the climate tech industry led by Black, indigenous, and people of color. One of six startups chosen, SpadXTech is utilizing biotechnology to create customizable materials with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, pollution, and plastic waste. 

The six startups were chosen by Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space for the accelerator called Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program (ACCEL), which will provide the companies with access to funding, networking, resources, and attempt to provide opportunities that structural inequities limit for BIPOC-led businesses, according to a Tuesday press release from Greentown Labs. Greentown Labs is a startup incubator for climate technology, and for this cohort is partnering with Browning the Green Space, a nonprofit diversity, equity, and inclusion coalition.

Each startup will receive a non-dultive $25,000 grant and access to Greentown lab space in Somerville, the Greentown’s headquarters, or Houston, its second location. Funding for ACCEL is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state agency, and the Boston-based Barr Foundation.

"Supporting innovative, BIPOC-led startups will help to bridge the racial wealth gap and create seats at the table for valuable voices," Jennifer Daloisio, CEO at MassCEC, said in the press release. "The ACCEL program will position these companies and their founders to not only help lead climate-critical work, but also to build a more inclusive clean energy ecosystem.”

The cofounders at SpadXTech are Lina González and Connor Crawford. The other five startups chosen from nearly 80 applicants are Active Surfaces in Salem, EarthBond in Cambridge, florrent in Amherst, and DrinKicks and frakktal, both based in Houston.

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