ACTION Events and Member News

ACTION to Showcase Regional Incubator Ecosystem to International Entrepreneurs

September 29, 2017

ACTION will present a morning-long session, with UMass Lowell's Innovation Hub and M2D2 incubators, to ten startup companies from Spain, Chile, the UK and Austria that have been chosen to participate in the Richi Social Entrepreneurs' (RSE) Boston Immersion Program, to introduce them to incubator facilities and rich regional assets available that support cleantech and healthtech innovations. During the three week Boston Immersion Program in November, RSE will provide positive impact startups with an immersion experience into Boston's (and beyond) innovation ecosystem.

New Website Links Core Facilities Within University of Massachusetts System

August 29, 2017


For several years, ACTION 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.

SUP46 in Stockholm, Sweden

July 12, 2017

On a recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden, ACTION's Executive Director, Joan Popolo, had the opportunity to visit SUP46 business incubator. Magnus Rehn, a management consultant and business coach focused primarily on cleantech and sustainability at STING (Stockholm Innovation and Growth), kindly provided a tour of the incubator located in central Stockholm. STING has offices in three locations in Stockholm, one of which is SUP46, and supports both incubator and accelerator programs. SUP46 currently lists over 60 member companies.

THINGS, located at a separate Stockholm location in a four-story, 2,000 square meter building provides co-working space for 30-40 start-ups working on innovative hardware-based technologies, including IoT, wearables, medtech, 3D scanning/printing and smart grid technologies. THINGS members have access to prototyping and testing capabilities and partnerships with some of the most successful and innovative export companies in Sweden. Stockholm Makerspace is co-located in the building with THINGS.

STING’s HQ is located in one of the world’s leading IT clusters, Kista Science City, in Stockholm, located between central Stockholm and Arlanda airport. Internationally, the region is often compared to Silicon Valley, Bangalore, India and the Multimedia Supercorridor in Malaysia.

Thanks to Magnus for his hospitality!

Three ACTION Member Companies Announce Exits

May 15, 2017

It's not often that company exits are reported from incubators, given the relatively long timeline necessary for technology startups to build, grow, and commercialize their companies. Recently, two acquisitions and one IPO have been announced from companies that had been resident in and graduated from our ACTION members' incubators.

Director, Toby Stapleton of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is pleased to announce that Ocean Server Technologies, a former CIE Tech Venture Company (TVC), has been acquired by L3 Technologies. Ocean Server began at the CIE and graduated in September 2016. Read More.

Aquabotix, another former TVC company, went public on the Australian Securities Exchange, selling out its initial public offering of stock in one day and raising money for the company's expansion in Fall River, MA. This makes Aquabotix the only publicly-traded company making underwater drones. Read More.

In March, Arctic Sand Technologies, a graduate of North Shore InnoVentures, announced its acquisition by Peregrine Semiconductor. Arctic Sand’s technology delivers industry-leading power conversion efficiency so that platforms for a variety of applications can be made thinner. Read More.

We congratulate these companies and our member incubators for helping to support their growth and success!

Three Massachusetts-based ACTION Members Poised for Expansion

January 10, 2017

This year brings exciting developments as three ACTION members expand their operations. North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), UMass Lowell and Innovation Hub (iHub), and Greentown Labs all have exciting news to report!

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