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Ready for Manufacturing?  Check your IP!

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.

Panel Discussion: Working with a Design Engineer for Product Manufacturability

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30-7:30pm

Chestnut Innovation Center
11 Chestnut Street
Amesbury, MA

Presented by ACTION and Chestnut Innovation Center

A panel discussion with a team of experts from the Merrimack Valley!

  • James Bleck, President, Bleck Design Group, Chelmsford, MA
  • James DiBurro, President, Round Rock Consulting, Bradford, MA
  • Dan Rocconi, President & CEO, Bixby International Corp., Newburyport, MA

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.

Save-the-Date: Incubator Roundtable #3

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  11:30am - 2:00pm

Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #3

Financial Sustainability Planning for Incubators: Innovative Approaches to Generating Revenue

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?

Save-the-Date: Incubator Roundtable #4

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm

Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #4

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.

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    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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