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Nine Startups Join the Inaugural Greenshot Accelerator for Climate Solutions

Jan 23, 2024

A nutrient-enhancing, CO2-sequestering soil additive. Carbon sequestration for golf courses and managed turf. More sustainable medical packaging. These are just some of the climate solutions-focused products and services being developed for market by the entrepreneurs comprising Greenshot's inaugural cohort, and involving Thayer faculty, students, and alumni.

Entrance to Dartmouth's Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. (Photo by Catha Mayor)

Holding its kick-off orientation this past weekend, the Greenshot accelerator was founded and is being led by the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. The nine teams were chosen from a pool of 33 applicants, and represent a wide cross-section of climate solutions.

Among the participants are: engineering PhD candidate Michael May Th'22, a co-founder of NET Offset aimed at using negative emission technologies (NETs) for both carbon capture and soil enhancement by converting agricultural waste into biochar; Vikrant Vaze, Stata Family Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering and an advisor on the GreenGolf Carbon team; and Robert Halvorsen Th'17 on the Pacto Medical sustainable packaging team.

Greenshot entrepreneurs benefit from exclusive access to Dartmouth's reach and resources: engaged alumni in climate fields, expert mentorship, customer development, working and lab space, and student consulting teams. The 14-week program is designed to help entrepreneurs build and scale their startups before seeking seed and Series A funding. 

The program will culminate with a Demo Day at the Magnuson Center's Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum in New York City, where selected finalists will pitch to top climate venture capitalists. The rest of the program is virtual, so participants can be involved from anywhere in the world.

"Building out this partnership and inaugural program has been an important entrepreneurial endeavor within Dartmouth. It activates the resources and networks of both Irving and Magnuson to solve a major challenge of our time. I couldn't be more impressed by the progress and impact the initiative is already having," said Jamie Coughlin, Executive Director of the Magnuson Center.

The Inaugural Greenshot Cohort

  • Block Carbon
    Unlocks global market for climate assets
  • Greener
    Sustainable residential landscaping services platform.
  • Green Golf Carbon
    Carbon sequestration for golf courses and managed turf
  • Mach Electric
    Sustainable aviation and materials technologies
  • NET Offset
    Transforming biomass residues into carbon credits
  • Pacto Medical
    Sustainable medical packaging
  • Rune Aero
    Sustainable autonomous aircraft for regional cargo transport
  • Vybe Energy
    AI-assisted and optimized building energy management
  • Woodwall
    Natural wood walls in partnership with regional forests

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