This month we saw a marked increase in activity around Bethesda Green.  We officially opened our Green Incubator with six exciting companies confirmed and several more under consideration. The Incubator’s mission is to support the development of young growing businesses that have the potential to create jobs and bring new, innovative green products to market.

Friends of Bethesda Green gather at the Incubator Orientation July 14.

Friends of Bethesda Green gather at the Incubator Orientation July 14.

One of Bethesda Green’s key assets for new incubating businesses is the opportunity to network and share ideas.  A fine example was our July 14 orientation/social event, which attracted a large crowd to welcome the new companies.

As part of the larger Bethesda Green Education Center, the Incubator companies will have an opportunity to meet the public at our October 1 grand opening.  More details will follow, but we aim to kick off with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning, followed by a two-and-half day open house.  Once the Center opens, the public will be able to learn about the many programs that Bethesda Green currently offers.  In addition to containing our office space, the Center will serve as an education and events theatre, meeting venue for all our working groups, local “green” solution showcase, and resource Center.

The Incubator serves a diverse cross-section of green, socially responsible, sustainable companies that have a positive impact on our community.  The businesses, as well as other entrepreneurs and non-profits we hope to attract in the future, represent small local companies or larger green companies with a local presence.  The businesses are drawn from multiple sectors, including software development, finance, technology, agriculture, architecture, consulting and distribution and address such issues as energy efficiency, green transportation, planning, design, neighborhood revitalization, and recycling.

For more info about incubators in general and the Bethesda Green Incubator specifically, click here.  For a listing of the businesses in the Bethesda Green Incubator, click here.