The Forest Products Accelerator is a four month program for 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.

Participating companies focus on one of three areas in the forest and wood products sector:

  • Products using chips, dust, resins, shavings, byproducts, and other low grade wood.
  • Technology that improves forest industry operations, production, automation, safety, management, or sales throughout the supply chain.
  • Products or services that increase the use, efficiency, or systems of wood-based heat or fuels.

Applications Open April 1st

Check back for the application link on April 1st (no fooling!)

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Accelerator Benefits

Companies get expert advice and a process and tools to build a market validated business case, model, and market plan. Program benefits include:

  • 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.
  • Partnerships with universities, labs, and national businesses to access research, pilots, testing, and other resources for your business.
  • Access to resources including subscriptions and databases at Northern Vermont University, workspace at Do North Coworking, and equipment and The Foundry makerspace.
  • 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.

For more information or program questions, email us at

Accelerator Timeline

April 1: Application opens, rolling acceptance

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

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

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