Marin's Venture Greenhouse reopening; seeks broader base

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SAN RAFAEL -- Venture Greenhouse, the business incubator formerly sponsored by Dominican University, is back in a new format, it was announced last week.

Now community-backed, the organization has both scaled back its physical footprint and broadened its base of client companies, according to co-founder Paul Bozzo.

When Dominican decided to cut funding for the program last year, he approached Stuart Corvin, the individual who was behind the original idea. Mr. Corvin agreed that it was too valuable a service to close down, said Mr. Bozzo.

“Silicon Valley is moving north, first to San Francisco and now increasingly to Marin County and then Sonoma. Its influence has sparked an explosion of innovation in the region which cries out for an accelerator,” he said. “We don’t want to lose startups that begin here, and we want to attract young companies that are contemplating a move north.”

 

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Originally focused on green technology, the Venture Greenhouse now welcomes all industries “with a common element of sustainability,” according to Mr. Bozzo.


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