OffGridBox secured a loan of $300k from the DOEN Foundation, a Dutch fund that supports pioneers who work hard to establish a greener, more socially-inclusive, and more creative society. With this funding, we will be able to deploy 12 OffGridBoxes in Rwanda, as part of our efforts to scale up our activities.
Good Energies Foundation
OffGridBox received a grant from Good Energies, a Foundation which believes that reversing climate change and alleviating poverty go hand in hand. Their goal is to help prevent climate change and mitigate its harm, especially to people who live in poverty. The focus is on two levers that reverse climate change: clean energy and forest protection. Backed by a family of entrepreneurs, Good Energies Foundation invests in early-stage market solutions and funds efforts to bring successful approaches to scale.
Eco Structures Australia
We happily support this collaboration to create truly sustainable and resilient solutions, combining their unique housing and our power and water solution for off grid living and ecotourism. It is crucial for all of us to invest in environmentally friendly solutions across all sectors including business and international development. Eco Structures Australia aspires to be the leading provider of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable Eco Tents throughout Australia and the world. They offer affordable environmentally sustainable accommodation products to service remote area locations and create cost-effective tourism infrastructure both in Australia and internationally. The Eco Tents effectively service a broad demand base, including ‘Glamping’ tourism, pastoral needs, workers’ accommodation, mining, and remote residential or holiday housing requirements. The Eco Tent is designed to be semi-permanent in nature, and may be used as short-term or permanent accommodation.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, OffGridBox is grateful to work with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to develop technologies for rural areas across the globe. MassCEC has awarded a series of grants for research and development and through employment opportunities in order to help scale our business. Additionally, they have helped to link us with inspiring and knowledgeable mentors in the industry, giving crucial feedback for the development of a sustainable business.
The City of Somerville
OffGridBox is excited to announce its collaboration with the City of Somerville. In February 2018, we moved our global headquarters to Somerville, MA. Additionally, we received a grant from the city to help finalize the R&D needed for our US model (now available for purchase!). As a direct result, primary schools in Puerto Rico now have a resilient supply of clean water and solar energy.
At CES 2017, OffGridBox was honored to receive the The Not Impossible Ignition Award made Possible by National Grid and Hawaiian Electric Company. Not Impossible Awards not only demonstrated some of the most innovative and life changing technologies, but presented the work of hard working engineers through compelling and beautiful short documentaries. Not Impossible Labs and Not Impossible Foundation continue to work closely with our team for media support, technology partners, and funding.
Currently, OffGridBox is headquartered at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. Located in Somerville, MA, and operating a 100,000 sq. ft. campus, Greentown Labs enables entrepreneurs to solve today’s biggest energy and environmental problems by providing access to the resources, labs, and funding they need to thrive. At Greentown Labs, we deeply believe in the impact that innovative clean technologies will have on the world, and we know the relentless human energy of a few scientists, engineers and business people can make a big difference.
After acceptance to the accelerator program in early 2017, Techstars not only invested, but introduced our founders to the Boston startup ecosystem. Additionally, the program helped OffGridBox define an exponential business model, enabling an early seed round in order to establish a US headquarters and begin international development in Rwanda. Due to our traction after the program, Techstars Ventures invested and continues to support us with introductions to key partners and funders.
OffGridBox became a MassChallenge finalist in the summer of 2017. Determined to make the best of the MassChallenge network, we made many contacts and finished the program as the #1 company in Cleantech, taking home the top prize of $100k. We are proud to be an alumn and look forward to staying in the network and attending future events.