The next cohort of the Accelerator kicks off July 24th and applications to participate will open April 17th!

The Forest Products Accelerator is a four month program for Northern American-based pre-seed and seed stage companies that are commercializing new and improved products, services, and technology in the forest industry.

Companies receive expert advice and tools to build a market validated business case, model, and operating plan through a rigorous commercialization curriculum, coaching, webinars and panels, and connections to industry experts, customers, and suppliers. We partner with ecosVC to provide companies access to their comprehensive commercialization curriculum and years of experience supporting startups and innovation.

The Forestry Accelerator focuses on companies looking to develop markets in northern New England and working to solve the following challenges the regional industry faces:

  • Products that use chips, dust, resins, and other byproducts and low grade wood.
  • Technology that improves forest management, sales, safety, and other operations.
  • Products and processes that develop and improve advanced wood heat, fuels, and energy.

Nominate a Business to Participate

Do you know a business that could benefit from participating in the Forest Products Accelerator?
Nominate them to participate here:

Vermont forest products industry generates $2.1 billion in annual economic output

Cross-laminated timber is as strong as steel and actually more fire-resistant.

In 2020, the carbon benefit for reported softwood projects was equivalent to taking 945,100 cars off the road for a year.

Lidar and UAVs are improving forest and inventory management, increasing knowledge, and leading to better decision making.

80 cents of each dollar spent on wood heat is retained in the local economy.

The forest products industry manufactures nearly $300 Billion in products annually.

Accelerator Benefits

Connections to Industry Experts

and key players in the forest and wood products value chain to gain insight and guidance on the forest products market for your company and connections to suppliers and customers.

A rigorous commercialization curriculum

developed by our program partner, ecosVC, that provides companies with expert advice and a process to build a market validated business case, business model, and go-to-market plan.

A hybrid program

with both virtual and in-person components that provides financial support for participant travel and lodging for two trips to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to connect in-person with other cohort participants, coaches, and industry players.


Late July: 2-day virtual kickoff

August: Sprint 1, Lyndonville, VT

October: Sprint 2, Virtual

November: Sprint 3, Lyndonville, VT

There are additional webinars, team coaching, and
meetings with industry experts throughout the program.

Between virtual and in-person programming, teams attend webinars; meet with coaches and industry experts; get access to online content; and work on developing their business cases, models, and go-to-market plans. Once accepted to the program, immediate benefits include a membership to Do North Coworking for workspace and building connections, access to university resources like subscriptions and databases, and access to a makerspace with cutting edge equipment for prototyping and product development.

Our Sponsors

The Forest Products Accelerator is made possible by support from the Northern Borders Regional Commission. To continue this program and support innovation and commercialization in the forest industry, we are actively seeking support and partnerships with businesses and organizations.

Accelerator sponsors support industry innovation and receive recognition, access to the next generation of innovation and ideas, and a range of other benefits. For more information on supporting the Forest Products Accelerator, emails us at