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Greentown Labs shares updates on newest climatetech members

Nine companies have joined Greentown Houston. Photo via Getty Images

Greentown Labs announced that it added nine climatetech start-ups in Q2 of this year.

The new members of the incubator, which is co-located in Houston and Boston, work in a variety of fields from electricity to manufacturing and agriculture.

The companies in the Houston location include:

  • GS Vortex Systems, a Portland-based company that focuses on cost reduction and flow assurance in piping systems. Its hydrodynamic flow technology allows for higher flow through existing pipes that increases productivity and reduces emissions. It’s based in Houston and Tampa.
  • BiaTech Corporation, applies AI and machine learning fto natural resource infrastructure immersion to help energy and utilities produce more with lower risks of production disruptions
  • InfraNergy, a Florida-based clean energy infrastructure provider that develops clean energy projects via virtual power plants to reduce power costs and drive decarbonization
  • Neuralix, a Dallas-based startup that offers a suite of rapid, customizable templates for data lifecycle for the energy and manufacturing sectors
  • Reverse Energy Solutions, a Chicago-based startup that provides cost-effective solar panel recycling through streamlined collection and transportation processes
  • Terralytiq, which has developed an enterprise software platform for industrial supply chains, that helps reduce supply chain costs and carbon. It’s headquartered in Austin.
  • EnergyGigs, a talent and freelance platform for the energy industry based in Houston
  • Metalex, a commodity trading firm with operations in Africa that delivers carbon-neutral critical metals that are processed in a decarbonized supply chain
  • TDS Select, which has developed a modular, scalable water-treatment technology to desalinate brackish water using low-energy

According to Greentown, another 11 startups joined the nonprofit's Boston incubator.

Greentown Labs, with the Browning the Green Space, named the second cohort for the Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program, or ACCEL, in the spring. The accelerator, which works to advance BIPOC-led startups in the climatetech space, launched in 2022.

It also named 6 energy tech startups to Shell-backed accelerator in October.

Earlier this month the climatetech incubator added three new members to its board of directors. This came after CEO and President Kevin Knobloch announced he would be stepping down at the end of July. Kevin Dutt was recently named interim CEO of the organization.

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Nádia Skorupa Parachin joined Cemvita as vice president of industrial biotechnology. Photo courtesy of Cemvita

Houston-based biotech company Cemvita recently tapped two executives to help commercialize its sustainable fuel made from carbon waste.

Nádia Skorupa Parachin came aboard as vice president of industrial biotechnology, and Phil Garcia was promoted to vice president of commercialization.

Parachin most recently oversaw several projects at Boston-based biotech company Ginkjo Bioworks. She previously co-founded Brazilian biotech startup Integra Bioprocessos.

Parachin will lead the Cemvita team that’s developing technology for production of bio-manufactured oil.

“It’s a fantastic moment, as we’re poised to take our prototyping to the next level, and all under the innovative direction of our co-founder Tara Karimi,” Parachin says in a news release. “We will be bringing something truly remarkable to market and ensuring it’s cost-effective.”

Moji Karimi, co-founder and CEO of Cemvita, says the hiring of Parachin represents “the natural next step” toward commercializing the startup’s carbon-to-oil process.

“Her background prepared her to bring the best out of the scientists at the inflection point of commercialization — really bringing things to life,” says Moji Karimi, Tara’s brother.

Parachin joins Garcia on Cemvita’s executive team.

Before being promoted to vice president of commercialization, Garcia was the startup’s commercial director and business development manager. He has a background in engineering and business development.

Founded in 2017, Cemvita recently announced a breakthrough that enables production of large quantities of oil derived from carbon waste.

In 2023, United Airlines agreed to buy up to one billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Cemvita’s first full-scale plant over the course of 20 years.

Cemvita’s investors include the UAV Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment arm of Chicago-based United; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, an investment arm of Houston-based energy company Occidental Petroleum; and Japanese equipment and machinery manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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