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TechPlace Opens World-Class Composites Manufacturing and Layup Facility at Brunswick Landing

March 05, 2019

On February 13th, TechPlace, a business technology incubator located at Brunswick Landing in Brunswick, ME, hosted an open house for its recently completed Composites Manufacturing and Layup facility. Grant funding for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) project was provided by the Maine Technology Institute and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, as well as MRRA’s own matching funds. The facility was created as an asset for the State of Maine in support of its composites industry.

UMass Lowell Core Research Facilities Offers Massachusetts Innovation Voucher Program with Discounted Rates for Startups

February 06, 2019

For several years, ACTION Innovation Network has been an industry partner with UMass Lowell's Core Research Facilities (CRF), providing discounted fees to startups for highly specialized equipment use on campus. The CRF is a valuable resource for technology companies, providing them with access to faculty and direct access to training and self-use of specialized instruments, in addition to research testing services.

A new state voucher program funded by the Massachusetts legislature, the Massachusetts Innovation Voucher Program (MIVP) gives small and medium-sized, MA-based businesses (<50 FTEs) access to the UMass system’s leading-edge research facilities with up to 75 percent off standard rates. More than 90 core facilities across all University of Massachusetts campuses are available for use with the voucher program, with a multitude of research instruments and services available to academic, government and industry researchers.

ACTION Innovation Network and Northeastern University Hold Experiential Programs Luncheon at Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

January 22, 2019

ACTION co-hosted the Northeastern University Experiential Programs Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with our affiliate member, Northeastern University, held at Northeastern University’s Kostas Research Institute (KRI) in Burlington, MA. The Luncheon followed ACTION Innovation Network's Annual Meeting. After the event, tours were offered of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security labs and Northeastern University’s Burlington Innovation Campus.

ACTION Innovation Network (ACTION) Awarded EDA Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Grant to Support International Programs for Technology Business Incubators

December 13, 2018

FALL RIVER, MA (December 13, 2018) – ACTION Innovation Network (ACTION) has been awarded a Regional Innovation Strategies i6 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support The Plymouth Rock Project: A Program to Introduce and Land High-Growth, Innovation-Driven International Startups in New England’s Technology Innovation Ecosystem Through the ACTION Innovation Network.

The Plymouth Rock Project’s purpose is to identify, attract, land in incubators, and grow international high-growth, innovation-based technology startup companies in key sectors (life sciences, cleantech, robotics, water, marine and maritime), looking to establish a US presence. Utilizing the strength and connections within ACTION’s innovation ecosystem will ensure foreign direct investment opportunities are maximized by accelerating company investment and commercialization, providing the potential for sustained job growth in the region.

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