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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.

Three Regional Incubators Receive U.S Department of Commerce EDA SPRINT Challenge Grants

April 12th, 2021


Congratulations to SeaAhead, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), and Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) as recipients of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration's SPRINT Challenge awards. The Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge builds on EDA’s efforts to work with communities to build strong regional economies, according to Dennis Alvord, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Our grantees’ projects are laser-focused on using innovation to help America overcome the economic, health and safety challenges brought on by the pandemic.” A total of forty-four awardees were selected from a pool of 238 applicants.

ACTION Innovation Network and Blue Institute Labs Announce Program Award for InterACTION Bluetech 2021

March 17th, 2021


ACTION Innovation Network and Blue Institute Labs are pleased to announce the program awardee for the InterACTION Bluetech 2021 program, Max Echeverria, Founder and CEO of Eskuad, based in Concepción, Chile. Made possible through a Department of Commerce Economic Development Regional Innovation Strategies i6 grant, the InterACTION Bluetech 2021 program is offered to international bluetech startups 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 and generate new business opportunities. Six international companies participated in the three-week InterACTION Bluetech 2021 program in late February through early March. Windcity (Rovereto, Italy), Aquafort AI (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), Arricife Energy Systems (Bilbao, Spain), Mabel Systems (Nova Scotia, Canada), Eskuad (Concepción, Chile), and Sedna Technologies (Nova Scotia, Canada). The program award was presented to Max Echeverria of Eskuad. Eskuad will receive one year of incubation at Blue Incubator, which will provide mentoring to establish a pilot in the US, as well as a desk and access to community activities.

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