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ACTION Incubator Roundtable and Workshop

October 13th, 2020

Strengthening and Promoting Regional Innovation Hubs Beyond Boston: A discussion with incubator managers and innovation economy builders

On October 29th, ACTION Innovation Network will host a virtual roundtable/workshop for ACTION members and invited guests to discuss key elements that are necessary to strengthen and expand regional technology innovation clusters and centers of activity beyond the vibrant hub of Boston and Cambridge. This economic development-focused discussion will address how to better strengthen and promote the greater Boston/New England region to attract both domestic and international technology startups/scaleups to areas beyond the Hub, with special attention to the tech industry sectors of life science, cleantech, blue economy, and aerospace. ACTION's Tech Ecosystem Asset Map will introduce how mapping regional assets can be used to visualize industry cluster formation in various geographies to help identify the growing innovation hubs. Several confirmed roundtable participants to date include Jon Weaver, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Kristine Logan, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority/TechPlace, and Sandhya Iyer, Lexington Economic Development. Participants will offer perspectives from incubator, economic development , municipal, academic, and quasi-government organizations.

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ACTION's Technology Ecosystem Asset Map - New Industry Cluster Information

September 10th, 2020

Have you explored ACTION's Technology Ecosystem Asset Map? We've made a new addition to its functionality: industry clusters. Life Science (red), Cleantech (green), and Blue Economy (blue) bubbles now indicate where clusters of these assets are located throughout the New England region. Many thanks to our UMass Dartmouth friends who kindly shared their databases of Blue Economy assets. We've only just begun and are eager to add additional cluster information with the assistance of our colleagues around the region.

Our 10th Anniversary

August 10, 2020

As we celebrate our 10th year of operation, we pause to reflect on the many milestones our small non-profit organization has reached over those years (among them 2 federal grants, 2 local grants, new member additions and benefit offerings, re-branding and expanded scope, 80+ international relationships), and thank our dedicated founders for their vision and determination in helping to realize the mission of our collaborative network of New England technology business incubators. Together, we promote the growth and success of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, share resources and best practices, and strengthen technology clusters, with a shared vision to build a prosperous economy, improve quality of life and sustain the health of our environment.

ACTION would especially like to recognize the long-time commitment of Bob O'Brien (Collaborative Innovation Works) and Michael D. Ryan, both founding members of the organization (formerly Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England) who have recently stepped away from Board activities, for sharing their vision for the organization and offering valuable insights over the years.

We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and the inspiring new faces that will come our way to assist in creating meaningful impact within the regional technology innovation community as we move forward into our next 10 years!

ACTION Innovation Network Members Participate in InBIA Virtual Conference

July 14, 2020

ACTION Innovation Network members were well represented during the International Business Innovation Association's (InBIA) 34th International Conference on Business Innovation, held virtually this year in late June.

We offer congratulations to our member, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) on being awarded the InBIA's Entrepreneur Center of the Year 2020 in Science /Technology! In 2018, North Shore InnoVentures was awarded the InBIA Dinah Adkins Technology Incubator of the Year. We are proud of the international recognition of two of our member incubators, which continues to demonstrate the strength of our network.

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    For startups: We now offer manufacturing advisory services to help you find the right design, engineering and manufacturing resources to assist you in the product commercialization process. This is a free service for member companies within our network of incubators. Please enter your manufacturing needs on our contact page and we’ll begin the process!

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