Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm ET
Start-up businesses moving into manufacturing need to consider the easily overlooked intellectual property aspects of manufacturing. Join McLane Law Firm attorneys Beverly Hjorth and Lin Hymel for a one hour webinar as they examine the intellectual property issues that can arise along the journey from idea to prototype, pilot project, and large-scale production. Throughout the presentation, Hjorth and Hymel will cover topics such as 3D printing and nanotechnology; strategic planning, knowing your intellectual property landscape, and liability issues; working with overseas partners and virtual teams, including compliance with export control laws; and working with the federal government.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30-7:30pm
Chestnut Innovation Center
11 Chestnut Street
A panel discussion with a team of experts from the Merrimack Valley!
Design for manufacturability (DFM) is the engineering art of designing products in order to facilitate the manufacturing process and thereby reduce the product production cost. Addressing problems in the design phase provides the opportunity to correct them before costly mistakes are made.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #3
with Carol Kraus Lauffer, Business Cluster Development, Portola Valley, CA
Quincy Center for Innovation, Quincy, Massachusetts
Incubator managers spend about 50% of their time seeking funding to support their programs and often pursue the same funding sources year after year. Best practices state that incubators should develop multiple revenue sources, but how can you find new sources when many new players have entered the ecosystem and compete for funds, funders prefer to seed new projects and not support operations, and increasingly, entrepreneurial services and products are available for free?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
Impact Incubating: Impact Benchmarks for Successful Incubators
with Dr. Brian Barge, The Evidence Network, Waterloo, ON, Canada
UMass Dartmouth/Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Fall River, MA
The Evidence Network (TEN) is an authority on assessments of the impact of business support organizations on companies. TEN’s impact assessment methodology, recognized by the Center for American Progress, the Council of Canadian Academies, and marquee customers distinguishes the impact of incubators, for example, from other factors that affect company performance. With attributed impact, incubator managers are equipped with reliable data to support requests for funding, communications to stakeholders, to attract the best companies, and to provide accountability to Boards of Directors. Dr. Barge will provide insights into the methodology, how to assemble reliable metrics and benchmarks, and examples of results.