November 23, 2021, Somerville, MA:
On Thursday, November 18th, the Northeast Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute (NECEC) hosted their annual Green Tie Gala, an event that celebrates growth and achievements within the clean energy industry. Each year, the region comes together to recognize people and organizations that contribute to NECEC’s mission to create a world-class clean energy hub with positive global impact to the economy, energy sustainability, and the environment. At this year’s Gala, NECEC announced the winners of the 2021 Startup Supporter of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year and Partnership of the Year.
FORGE was selected as the winner of the Startup Supporter of the Year Award, alongside Suzanne Oakley of New England CFO Strategies, for work supporting clean energy startups in the Northeast. More can be read about the event and the other announced winners in the NECEC press release.
FORGE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit on a mission to help innovators navigate the journey from physical prototype through to commercial scale and impact. FORGE uniquely focuses on manufacturing: helping startups and innovative companies prepare to manufacture new products, and connect to and working with right-fit, regional suppliers. This addresses crucial gaps and accelerates their path to market. Further, localizing production reduces the carbon footprint of manufacturing.
To date, FORGE has served 430+ startups that boast a survival rate of over 90%. This translates to supporting over 200 startups in the cleantech sector and sustaining over 1,800 jobs in cleantech innovation. More specifically, FORGE has served 54 clean energy startups resulting in over $21 million in known contracts and purchase orders to make innovative clean energy products locally.