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ACTION to Present at 2015 National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Conference April 27th in Denver, CO

Monday, April 27

Topic: The Power of Regional Networks: Advancing Product Commercialization through New England’s Incubator Network

ACTION will discuss its recently launched manufacturing program aimed to connect hardware startups and alumni from its 13 member incubators to design engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing resources within its regional network. Several member incubators have developed independent programs and will contribute to the discussion on how the network works together to advance product commercialization for their member companies. Incubator managers Keith MacKenzie of UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Manufacturing Center and Kristine Schuman of TechPlace in Brunswick, ME and ACTION's Programs Director, Joan Popolo will co-present on this topic. A visit to NREL, the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO is scheduled for the last day of the conference. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Waters Rise in the Merrimack, Floating All Boats

November 11, 2014

Old Manufacturing, New Manufacturing and the Power of the River

An energetic group of innovative companies, manufacturers, businesspeople, local government and Chamber of Commerce employees gathered at the newly established business ecosystem, Chestnut Innovation Center (CIC), in Amesbury, MA in late October. They came for a panel discussion, CAD It Up! Working with a Design Engineer for Product Manufacturability, hosted by ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, and the first in a series of manufacturing educational programs for entrepreneurs on topics related to the product commercialization process. The panelists were James Bleck of Bleck Design in Chelmsford, MA, James DiBurro of Round Rock Consulting in Bradford, MA and Daniel Rocconi of Bixby International, Inc. in Newburyport, MA. Bixby International was founded more than 135 years ago in Haverhill, MA as a footwear manufacturer, and a contributor to the region’s footwear manufacturing history. The Merrimack Valley is as rich in manufacturing resources today as it was in the past, ready to assist growing companies with overcoming the challenges of product realization.

Altium Announces Three Year Sponsorship of Clean Technology Start-up Incubator Network

October 16, 2014

Company Invests in the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), to Help Inspire Innovation among the Next Generation of Electronics Designers

Sydney, Australia – 16 October 2014 - Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), today announced that it has signed on as a three year sponsor of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), a leading network of cleantech incubators dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of clean technology.

As part of this agreement, Altium will provide the ACTION community with access to its award winning PCB design software Altium Designer. Building on its industry leading native 3D PCB design systems, this latest version delivers improved support and new features to facilitate design reuse and more efficient electronics design.

ACTION Welcomes Law Firm McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton as Supporting Sponsor

August 12, 2014

Fall River, Mass (August 12, 2014) – The Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, ACTION, has announced that the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton is a new, supporting sponsor. ACTION’s mission is to accelerate the success of early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs supported by its membership of 12 cleantech incubators throughout New England and two international incubators located in the United Kingdom and Italy.  

“Many cleantech startups within ACTION’s member incubators are at the product prototype and early commercialization stage,” said Gillian Isabelle, ACTION’s executive director. “The McLane sponsorship will provide these startups, particularly those in manufacturing, with access to legal advice on intellectual property, patent infringements, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and exporting.”

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    For startups: We now offer manufacturing advisory services to help you find the right design, engineering and manufacturing resources to assist you in the product commercialization process. This is a free service for member companies within our network of incubators. Please enter your manufacturing needs on our contact page and we’ll begin the process!

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  • NBIA Podcast

    April 7th, 2013

    Listen to the podcast of ACTION’s panel session at the 2013 NBIA Conference in Boston, MA April 7-10 “Growing a Diversified Regional Association of Cleantech Incubators”. 1 hour 10 minutes.

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