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 Accelerating Appalachia is the first green business accelerator of its type

As one of my colleagues, Dayna Reggero has informed me, Accelerating Appalachia is accepting applications NOW for the next intensive accelerator to begin in 2015!

Businesses in the following sectors are encouraged to apply: soil, seed, grains, grasses, weather, water, sustainable food farming, clean energy, forests fiber/textiles, green building, craft brewing/distilling and nutraceuticals/ integrative medicine.

"Accelerating Appalachia attracts and scales high-impact, seed-stage businesses and connects them not only with investment opportunities, sustainable supply chains and expanded customer base, but also with peer networks, mentors, and lasting connections," says Sara Day Evans, founder of Accelerating Appalachia. "More than 35 jobs created and 50 retained, more than 106 new sustainable farm acres and 12 new farmers added to supply chains, and continuing connections across Appalachia and beyond."


Businesses awarded in the past include: Appalachian Botanical Alliance, Carolina Ground, EchoView Fiber Mill, Riverbend Malt House and Smokin' J's Fiery Foods. Appalachian Botanical Alliance is a herb grower’s cooperative that supplies high quality Western and Chinese herbs to practitioners, distributors and manufacturers; Carolina Ground is the only mill in the Southeast producing organic wheat, rye and barley flours - Carolina grown and milled; Echoview Fiber Mill is the first fiber mill built in North Carolina in 40 years and is the only GOLD LEED certified mill in the U.S.; Riverbend Malt House is unique on the East Coast as a processor and purveyor of barley, wheat, rye malts for brewing and distilling; and Smokin' J’s Fiery Foods is the only grower of ghost peppers in U.S., and maker of proprietary base pepper paste sold wholesale nationally to salsa and hot sauce makers.

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