to educate, advise and financially support entrepreneurs in early-stage green/clean technology startups in order to achieve sustainable economic development and to create local sustainable jobs.
Our advisors/mentors (we call them accompagneurs) work with the startups over a period of three years, meeting monthly. All program companies meet regularly in 'Acceleration Interactive' workshops to learn, connect and collaborate.
We make seed loans of up to $30,000 available to the entrepreneurs free of interest and collateral requirements.
The Greenhouse's focus is on early-stage startups that offer cleantech products and/or services - reducing the usage of resources, using them more efficiently, and/or mitigating the impacts of using them.
We provide our educational services, our advisory assistance and our financial support free of charge. In return we expect reciprocity: the successful participants will help new startups that are at the beginning of their journey, and they will financially support our endeavors in accordance with their abilities.
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Afford and expect reciprocity
Measure impacts along a triple bottom line of people, profits and planet
Deliver results through collaboration
We measure success along a Triple Bottom Line - the responsible deployment of financial resources, of natural resources and of human resources.
We care not only about what the entrepreneurs sell, but also how they make it.
The Greenhouse is a public 501(c)(3) charity.
We began life as a program of the Green Chamber of the South.