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ACTION Offers Two New Pre/Soft Landing Programs for International Technology Scale-Up Companies

June 22, 2022

ACTION has reintroduced its Pre/Soft Landing programs for international technology scale-up companies that are exploring market entry opportunities in New England with two newly restructured programs.

The Pre- Landing Program is offered to cohorts of international companies that are ready to initiate an expansion in the US in Massachusetts / New England, one of the main innovation ecosystems worldwide, or wish to leverage the knowledge and resources in the area to generate new business opportunities. The program is presented in three phases:

  • Phase I: Exploring US Market Entry Opportunities in New England
  • Phase II: Making Key Connections and Building Collaborator Relationships, and
  • Phase III: Company Soft-Landings in MA/New England Incubators.

As a new benefit for international agency members, the InterACTION Program provides an introduction to the New England technology innovation ecosystem and company connections for companies participating in delegations to Boston. The program is a shorter duration, condensed version of the 3-phase Pre/Soft Landing program and includes an overview of the New England technology innovation ecosystem and regionalization of its technology sectors, and facilitates company connections to relevant collaborators and other ecosystem partners, including incubators. International agency membership is open to economic development organizations, consulates, international trade agencies, international chambers of commerce and other international government agencies. International agency members receive a discounted program rate.

For details about these programs and pricing, contact Joan Popolo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New England Incubators and Innovation Centers Offer Support for Ukrainian Refugee Startups

April 28, 2022

Earlier this year, ACTION, Mansfield Bio-Incubator and Massachusetts Innovation Network met to discuss how the New England technology innovation ecosystem might offer assistance to help resettle Ukrainian tech startup companies that have been displaced during the Russian war with Ukraine. The effort was launched by Alex Margulis, COO of Mansfield Bio-Incubator, who is Ukrainian by birth and lived in Russia for a number of years before relocating to the US. Dr. Margulis offered no-cost space and services at Mansfield Bio-Incubator for displaced Ukrainian life science startups that are able to relocate here. The idea was then extended to other regional incubators. Nineteen organizations in the regional tech incubator and entrepreneurial community have generously offered space and services at no cost for 6-12 months. Additionally, three international incubators and shared workspaces, including CIC Warsaw, and ACTION member, Progetto Manifattura in (Trentino) Italy, are offering similar support for Ukrainian entrepreneurs.

Our friends at MIT Enterprise Forum Central and Eastern Europe (MITEF CEE), based in Warsaw, Poland, have helped to communicate this offer by sending information out to their network of tech entrepreneurs. ACTION's sponsor, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. a leading global immigration firm, is available to provide advice to international refugees and companies on immigration and visas.

ACTION Welcomes New Sponsor Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

March 21, 2022

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in Boston has joined ACTION Innovation Network as a Network Partner sponsor. Fragomen is an innovative firm of more than 4,300 immigration-focused professionals and staff with over 55 offices worldwide, offering services in more than 170 countries. As established thought leaders in immigration, they contribute to conferences and seminars around the world, gather vast amounts of immigration data and leverage it for clients and author respected publications, As immigration around the world becomes increasingly complex, their professionals’ years of experience working in government agencies and in-house corporate immigration departments helps to advance world-class, compliant immigration solutions.

ACTION welcomes Fragomen as a partner and sponsor to help in advising international scale-up companies that we attract through our Pre/Soft-Landing programs that are interested in expanding business operations in the Northeast US. Their skilled attorneys have presented a webinar for ACTION, U.S. Immigration Options for Startups, and we look forward to offering additional webinars and programs to address changing regulations and needs related to immigration issues. Fragomen's expertise on immigration and visas is not only useful for international companies looking to do business in the US, but for scaling US companies exploring new markets abroad. https://www.fragomen.com/.

Announcing ACTION's March Membership Drive with New Promotional Videos

February 14, 2022


We'd love to have you join us! Watch one of our short videos here or here.

ACTION's new promotional videos are a great introduction to all that membership in ACTION has to offer incubators and other entrepreneur support organizations. Our current members support startups in the life sciences, cleantech/decarbonization, robotics, advanced materials, marine/maritime, aerospace, and other convergent technologies. The breadth of our incubator network offers entrepreneurs a diverse hub of knowledge, experience, and resources that is most often unavailable from a single incubator.

ACTION membership provides an opportunity for managers of incubators and innovation centers to engage in regular conferencing and roundtables to exchange ideas and connect with like-minded colleagues on topics related to running a shared workspace to support technology startups. Members exchange best practices and work thorough common challenges that managers often face. ACTION's Incubator Insights forum encourages thought leadership where professionals can enhance their skills and network with others committed to advancing the industry along the highest professional standards. Members and sponsors regularly take part in ACTION's Pre-Landing programs for international tech startups, allowing visibility and engagement with companies interested in expanding into US markets and looking for first offices within the New England innovation ecosystem. Would your organization benefit from being part of the network? Find out more at https://actionnewengland.org/prp/membership-benefits/.

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