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Medtech Sustainability Forum Planning is Underway

January 22, 2024

Action Innovation Network and its partners, M2D2, Accelerated Healthcare Innovations, Kestrel Technology Consultants (UK), Inertia Product Development, and circularity experts are organizing a Medtech Sustainability Forum to bring together thought leaders in medtech/healthcare and climatetech/sustainablity.

Sustainability in medical device design is increasingly important for manufacturers, decision makers and end users. Not only are sustainable medical devices better for the environment and attractive to consumers, but they can also offer cost-saving benefits, investor attractiveness, and improved brand and competitive advantage. We look to corporate leadership to commit to more sustainable design and manufacturing of medical devices, and manage environmental impact. Sustainable and circular solutions can be key to addressing these issues.

Beyond medtech's core goal of improving health outcomes, preserving a healthy environment and building socially responsible value chains are essential for human wellness. THE FORUM WILL:

  • Discuss what is currently taking place globally to address sustainable solutions in medtech/healthcare and review regulatory requirements
  • Identify the challenges that limit medical device manufacturers to adopt more sustainable practices
  • Focus on how moving sustainability into corporate strategy opens an opportunity to create products and programs, generating revenue for industry
  • Present successful case studies that can be used as a model for other organizations
  • Showcase scaleup companies providing deployable solutions to help advance sustainability goals

The program agenda, venue announcement, sponsorship opportunities and registration will be posted soon. Watch our website for updates, www.actionnewengland.org.

ACTION Innovation Network Has a New Address

November 20, 2023

After 12 years with our business address at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fall River, MA, ACTION Innovation Network has changed its address. InnoVenture Labs has provided a space agreement for ACTION at its incubator located at 100 Cummings Center in Beverly, MA.

This decision was made based on the following considerations:

  1. InnoVenture Labs (formerly North Shore InnoVentures) was one of the founding members of ACTION,
  2. The incubator supports a variety of industry sectors, ie. biotech, cleantech and bluetech,
  3. The incubator is a certified soft landing site, which aligns well with the international programs we organize.

We are highly supportive of entrepreneurship and venture development on the South Coast and continue to follow the progress in Fall River and New Bedford. Thank you Fall River for the many years we called CIE home!

ACTION Members Meet with Massachusetts Economic Development in Worcester

October 23, 2023

On September 28th, ACTION Innovation Network's technology incubator directors from across the Commonwealth met with MA Executive office of Economic Development Undersecretary Sarah Stanton for a discussion on the topic, MA Tech Incubators and Innovation Centers Making a Difference in Regional Economic Development. Thank you to Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives in Worcester, MA for hosting this event.

The meeting was arranged 1) to introduce and give visibility to incubators across all regions of the state, 2) to discuss how the work of the incubators accelerates new venture development and supports new tech clusters and 3) to reaffirm the important role that incubators play in helping to grow businesses that hire from and stay in the region, and contribute to economic growth across the Commonwealth.

According to an International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) report, after five years, businesses that were nurtured in a business incubator have a survival rate of 87%. By comparison, the survival rate for non-incubated companies is 44%. ACTION member incubators report that 84-88% of their technology companies are still in business after 5 years, and 95-100% stay in Massachusetts. Companies in the incubators participating in this event have raised a collective $4.152B There are 210 currently incubating companies and 297 graduates (not all reporting).

ACTION Supports Canadian Technology Accelerator's Climatetech Participants as Boston Partner

September 26, 2023

For the 2nd year, ACTION Innovation Network was chosen as the Boston partner for the Canadian Technology Accelerator's (CTA) climatetech program, organized by the Consulate of Canada in Boston. Eight climatetech companies that are ready to explore US market entry opportunities in Boston/New England were chosen for the program. The remote/in-person Boston program will run for two months during September and October where the companies will gain additional insight into the US market. CTA began with an overview of the New England Climatetech Ecosystem, followed by a Practice Pitch session with climatetech and bluetech investors. One-on-one meetings will be scheduled with potential government, commercial or industrial partners. The program will close with the companies attending the Climatetech Summit at Greentown Boston on November 2nd. We thank the Canadian Consulate of Canada in Boston for the opportunity to work with this terrific group of companies. The program goal is to make relevant connections leading to business opportunities in the greater Boston/New England region for Axine Water, Cascadia Seaweed, Climative, Edgecom Energy, Electro Carbon, Smart Cocoon, Solaires, and VoltSafe.

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