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Richi Social Entrepreneurs and ACTION Announce Partnership

December 1, 2017

Richi Social Entrepreneurs (RSE) is an initiative of the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation whose mission is to accelerate the success of life sciences, healthcare and cleantech startups from around the world by connecting them with key players and introducing them to the many assets available within the Boston innovation ecosystem. To accomplish this, RSE runs a three-week immersion bootcamp in Boston in which startups have the opportunity to embrace best practices from the Massachusetts ecosystem, connecting and interacting with potential clients, investors, strategic partners, and local top-notch industry experts who will lead them to potential business synergies. In 2018, RSE and ACTION are teaming up to present the October edition of the Boston Immersion Program, to provide and enhanced experience for the international entrepreneurs.

Founding ACTION Member, North Shore InnoVentures, Talks About Incubating Life Sciences & Cleantech Startups in Beverly, MA

November 15, 2017


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It's not just happening in the Hub. The biotech industry is centered in Massachusetts, and beyond Cambridge and Boston, the North Shore supports a strong life sciences cluster that offers rich technical and business resources to help life science and cleantech startups thrive, thanks in large part to North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), a technology business incubator located in the Cummings Center in Beverly, MA. There are over 50 life sciences businesses located at the Cummings Center alone. In a recent local access television interview, Martha Farmer, President & CEO at NSIV, and Trish Fleming, Director of Mentoring, describe technology business incubation and the value of strong community support that assist early-stage companies in becoming profitable businesses.

ACTION to Showcase Regional Incubator Ecosystem to International Entrepreneurs

September 29, 2017

ACTION will present a morning-long session, with UMass Lowell's Innovation Hub and M2D2 incubators, to ten startup companies from Spain, Chile, the UK and Austria that have been chosen to participate in the Richi Social Entrepreneurs' (RSE) Boston Immersion Program, to introduce them to incubator facilities and rich regional assets available that support cleantech and healthtech innovations. During the three week Boston Immersion Program in November, RSE will provide positive impact startups with an immersion experience into Boston's (and beyond) innovation ecosystem.

New Website Links Core Facilities Within University of Massachusetts System

August 29, 2017


For several years, ACTION has been an industry partner with UMass Lowell's Core Research Facilities (CRF), providing discounted fees to startups for highly specialized equipment use on campus. The CRF is a valuable resource for technology companies, providing them with access to faculty and direct access to training and self-use of specialized instruments, in addition to research testing services.

SUP46 in Stockholm, Sweden

July 12, 2017

On a recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden, ACTION's Executive Director, Joan Popolo, had the opportunity to visit SUP46 business incubator. Magnus Rehn, a management consultant and business coach focused primarily on cleantech and sustainability at STING (Stockholm Innovation and Growth), kindly provided a tour of the incubator located in central Stockholm. STING has offices in three locations in Stockholm, one of which is SUP46, and supports both incubator and accelerator programs. SUP46 currently lists over 60 member companies.

THINGS, located at a separate Stockholm location in a four-story, 2,000 square meter building provides co-working space for 30-40 start-ups working on innovative hardware-based technologies, including IoT, wearables, medtech, 3D scanning/printing and smart grid technologies. THINGS members have access to prototyping and testing capabilities and partnerships with some of the most successful and innovative export companies in Sweden. Stockholm Makerspace is co-located in the building with THINGS.

STING’s HQ is located in one of the world’s leading IT clusters, Kista Science City, in Stockholm, located between central Stockholm and Arlanda airport. Internationally, the region is often compared to Silicon Valley, Bangalore, India and the Multimedia Supercorridor in Malaysia.

Thanks to Magnus for his hospitality!

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