Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in North America, announced Keolis as its newest Terawatt-level Partner—the highest level of engagement with the incubator. Keolis is a global leader in mobility innovation and public transportation operations. In North America, Keolis operates the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail, the Virginia Railway Express rail network, and multiple paratransit, light rail, bus rapid transit and taxi operations across the U.S. and Canada.
"Supporting the advancement and deployment of transportation and mobility innovations is one of our top focus areas at Greentown Labs and we're thrilled to be partnering with one of the world's mass transportation leaders," said Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. "Keolis has a global reach and deep transportation expertise, and we're eager to see how our entrepreneurs and their executives collaborate to improve transportation solutions, infrastructure, and mobility around the world."
As an industry leader, Keolis has taken steps to optimize its energy consumption and strengthen public transit around the world, including expansions to service in the greater Boston area. As the top cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, transportation releases almost 1.9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air each year, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency. Keolis' partnership with Greentown Labs will allow the company to connect with startups innovating in transportation—one of the incubator's core sectors—across areas including fuel cell electric vehicles, portable electric vehicle charging, and more.
"Our Keolis teams care deeply about providing clean, safe and reliable public transportation for the communities we serve. It is exciting to partner with Greentown Labs, which shares our commitment to developing innovative mobility solutions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Clément Michel, CEO of Keolis North America. "We relocated our North American headquarters to Boston to take advantage of this region's innovative and collaborative ecosystem. This partnership with Greentown Labs is another step in that direction, and together we hope to make a positive impact on the public transportation landscape, our climate and the communities we serve."
Keolis' executives will directly engage with the Greentown startup community via curated startup pitch days with vetted startups from the region; private sector pitch days which focus on specific business, technological and innovation trends within emerging technology sectors; office hours with Greentown's resident startups and more. Through their partnership, Keolis will gain a seat on Greentown's Advisory Board which provides strategic guidance and input to the incubator on growth planning, partnership development, and other topics throughout the year. Clément Michel will join the Advisory Board.
Greentown Labs and Keolis will celebrate the kickoff of their partnership at Greentown's invite-only Transportation Sector Pitch Day on February 26 at Greentown's headquarters in Somerville, MA.
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