Cohort 2022

The Forest Products Accelerator is a four month program for North American startup and seed stage companies that are commercializing new and improved products, services, and technology. Companies get expert advice and tools to build a market validated business case, model, and operating plan, along with connections to industry players and resources.

The Accelerator focuses on three broad areas, low grade wood and forest byproducts, technology that improves forestry operations, and advanced wood heat and energy.

Program 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 for connections to customers and suppliers.
  • Comprehensive program that offers coaching, curriculum, webinars, and panels to develop and refine your business case, business model, and go-to market plan.
  • Partnerships with universities, labs, and national businesses to access research and databases, testing and prototyping, and paid pilots.
  • 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.


April 1: Application opens

June 17: Application closes

July 18: Accelerator prework begins

August 1-2: 2-day virtual kickoff

August 29- September 1: Sprint 1, Lyndonville, VT

October 10-12: Sprint 2, Virtual

November 14-16: Sprint 3, Lyndonville, VT


The Forest Products Accelerator is guided by a group of dedicated advisors with industry, startup, and entrepreneurial experience. They support program development and provide industry connections, technical expertise, and guidance to companies participating in the Accelerator.


Jared Reynolds

Do North Coworking


Eli Gould

Quebec Wood Export Bureau


Jay Shafer

Northview Weather


Jeff Meller



Christine McGowan

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund


Tabitha Bowling

Scout Handbags


Scott Holston

Vermont Small Business Development Center


Ann Nygard

Northern Vermont University


Ryan Hanrahan

California Closets


Joseph Steig



Judy Giordan


John Howard

Entrepreneur / Advisor


Mike Rubin

Boise Cascade Company

There are more than 2,400 forestry and logging jobs in Vermont.

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