May 18, 2015
ACTION's session presentation was well received at this year's NBIA conference, which overall attracted more than 600 incubation and entrepreneurial support professionals to Denver, CO in late April. Twenty seven percent of the attendees came from outside the US. With a growing interest both domestically and internationally in forming regional incubator networks, ACTION's model was of interest to many. The Power of Regional Networks:Advancing Product Commercialization through New England’s Incubator Network, used the example of its manufacturing initiative to demonstrate how ACTION brings together the diverse capabilities and infrastructure of its members to serve the product development and commercialization needs of entrepreneurs. Incubator managers Keith MacKenzie of UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Manufacturing Center and Kristine Schuman of TechPlace in Brunswick, ME co-presented the session with Joan Popolo, ACTION's Interim Executive Director. In addition, members Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (E. Hartford, CT), Greentown Labs (Somerville, MA) and Chestnut Innovation Center (Amesbury, MA) contributed slides which described their respective manufacturing program capabilities.
May 5, 2015
Fall River, MA, USA and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada- May 5, 2015: The Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION) announces that Innovacorp, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has joined the ACTIONetwork as an affiliate member. This relationship will strengthen the capabilities of both organizations to help accelerate the regional and international commercialization of clean technology innovations. ACTION’s international partnerships enable member incubators and their client companies to access resources and capabilities available at locations throughout the network, making it easier for startup companies to leverage the resources they need to achieve their growth goals.
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.
November 11, 2014
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.