November 11, 2014
An energetic group of innovative companies, manufacturers, businesspeople, local government and Chamber of Commerce employees gathered at the newly established business ecosystem, Chestnut Innovation Center (CIC), in Amesbury, MA in late October. They came for a panel discussion, CAD It Up! Working with a Design Engineer for Product Manufacturability, hosted by ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, and the first in a series of manufacturing educational programs for entrepreneurs on topics related to the product commercialization process. The panelists were James Bleck of Bleck Design in Chelmsford, MA, James DiBurro of Round Rock Consulting in Bradford, MA and Daniel Rocconi of Bixby International, Inc. in Newburyport, MA. Bixby International was founded more than 135 years ago in Haverhill, MA as a footwear manufacturer, and a contributor to the region’s footwear manufacturing history. The Merrimack Valley is as rich in manufacturing resources today as it was in the past, ready to assist growing companies with overcoming the challenges of product realization.
October 16, 2014
Sydney, Australia – 16 October 2014 - Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), today announced that it has signed on as a three year sponsor of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), a leading network of cleantech incubators dedicated to accelerating the success of early-stage companies engaged in the development of clean technology.
As part of this agreement, Altium will provide the ACTION community with access to its award winning PCB design software Altium Designer. Building on its industry leading native 3D PCB design systems, this latest version delivers improved support and new features to facilitate design reuse and more efficient electronics design.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
Exclusive events for incubator managers and invited guests: Incubator Roundtable #3
with Carol Kraus Lauffer, Business Cluster Development, Portola Valley, CA
Quincy Center for Innovation, Quincy, Massachusetts
Incubator managers spend about 50% of their time seeking funding to support their programs and often pursue the same funding sources year after year. Best practices state that incubators should develop multiple revenue sources, but how can you find new sources when many new players have entered the ecosystem and compete for funds, funders prefer to seed new projects and not support operations, and increasingly, entrepreneurial services and products are available for free?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
Impact Incubating: Impact Benchmarks for Successful Incubators
with Dr. Brian Barge, The Evidence Network, Waterloo, ON, Canada
UMass Dartmouth/Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Fall River, MA
The Evidence Network (TEN) is an authority on assessments of the impact of business support organizations on companies. TEN’s impact assessment methodology, recognized by the Center for American Progress, the Council of Canadian Academies, and marquee customers distinguishes the impact of incubators, for example, from other factors that affect company performance. With attributed impact, incubator managers are equipped with reliable data to support requests for funding, communications to stakeholders, to attract the best companies, and to provide accountability to Boards of Directors. Dr. Barge will provide insights into the methodology, how to assemble reliable metrics and benchmarks, and examples of results.