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ACTION To Present Session at World Circular Economy Forum

August 19th, 2021

ACTION Innovation Network, together with Innovation Texas and Tondo, will present a side session at the World Circular Economy Forum. The conference is hosted virtually from Canada from September 13th - 15th, with side sessions throughout the month. The event, co-organized by the Government of Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra will be hosted for the first time in North America. The World Circular Economy Forum brings together forward-looking thinkers and doers, and presents the world’s leading game-changers in the circular economy. The session, Circular from the Start (Up), is planned for September 16th from 10:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern time and will introduce the Circular Economy concept and how it creates value for incubator and accelerator programs. Panelists include Humberto Olivo, Head of Innovation Texas, Partner, Valyfund Venture Capital, Shyaam Ramkumar, Tondo Circular Expert and Advisor, and Joan Popolo, Executive Director, ACTION Innovation Network, along with other invited speakers. The panel will discuss the need for innovation for a circular economy transition and how incubators and accelerators can enable circular economy innovation.

Announcing ACTION's Fall Pre-Landing Program, InterACTION: Circularity 2021

July 14th, 2021

The next edition of ACTION's Pre-Landing program, InterACTION: Circularity 2021, will be held remotely from October 21st through November 18th. It is open to international cleantech/sustainability, marine, and life science startups that are interested in exploring US market entry opportunities. Reports indicate that the circular economy financing market is taking off. Assets managed through public equity funds with the circular economy as the sole or partial investment focus have increased sixfold, from USD $0.3B to over USD $2B since 2020.

ACTION and North Shore InnoVentures Participate in SelectUSA 2021 Investment Summit

June 14th, 2021

ACTION Innovation and its member incubator, North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), were chosen to participate in the the 8th annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. The Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, playing a vital role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by raising awareness about the wide range of investment opportunities in the United States and enabling necessary direct connections between investors and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs).

ACTION Welcomes Newest Member Blue Institute Labs

May 17th, 2021

ACTION Innovation Network is happy to welcome BLUE Institute Labs, a public benefit corporation with locations in New Bedford, MA and Newport, RI, as its newest member. Blue Institute Labs is an international BlueTech & Blue Economy hub for scaling startups through programming such as its BLUE Excelerator & BLUE Incubator and bringing startups together with academia, industry, and government in an ocean access, location with shared resources, labs, in a broad, robust, collaborative ecosystem. Blue Institute Labs participated as a mentor in ACTION's February/March international Pre-Landing cohort in bluetech, and provided an incubation award to the top international startup in the Pre-Landing program. The organization aligns well with the goals of ACTION, being dedicated to bringing disparate groups together (in this case to create climate, water, and ocean innovations) through collaborative efforts. As CEO of BLUE Institute Labs, Judith Underwood is a believer in the phrase "a rising tide lifts all boats" and that the most agile and sustainable innovation comes through collaboration.

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