As its first employee, Dr. Emily Reichert, transformed Greentown Labs from a band of entrepreneurs sharing prototyping space into the nation’s largest cleantech incubator. She sets Greentown Labs’ strategic direction, focusing on increasing the organization’s impact on clean and energy efficient technology commercialization through entrepreneurship. She also directs Greentown Labs’ efforts to engage new partners, to expand educational programs for clean technology entrepreneurs, and to leverage the community of investors, universities, government agencies and NGOs striving to build our clean energy future. Emily strives to maintain the competitive edge the Greater Boston area holds in the clean technology sector, both nationally and internationally, as she leads the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States.
Prior to Greentown Labs, Emily was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products. She has more than fifteen years of experience serving in R&D, business development and operations leadership roles, where she acquired and applied skills in non-dilutive fundraising, strategic planning, intellectual property strategy, team building and marketing.
Emily holds a PhD in physical chemistry and earned her MBA from MIT.
When Emily isn’t at Greentown Labs, you’ll likely find her traveling the world with her husband, Chris Nielsen. As an avid outdoorswoman, Emily has experienced adventures in many corners of the globe including, tree-climbing in the Amazon, swimming with sea turtles off the island of Fernando de Noronha, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekking the Andes of Ecuador, and cycling along the Danube River bend north of Budapest, among others.