June 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, EDT
Please join ACTION and American Patent Agency for a webinar presentation:
June 7, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, EDT Presented by Dan Hussain, Founder and President, American Patent AgencyRead the Details (PDF)
June 7, 2016, 08:00am
April 1, 2016, 08:30am - 10:00am
ACTION invites you to an
Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) UMass Lowell North Campus
40 University Avenue, Perry Atrium
Friday, April 1, 2016
As Industry Partner of UMass Lowell’s Core Research Facilities (CRF), ACTION and CRF invite you to an open house and tour of the expanded Core Research Facilities. This will be followed by an optional tour of the UMass Innovation Hub incubator and the impressive robotics testing facility, NERVE Center.
January 21, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm
January 19, 2016
Today's global economy provides opportunities for businesses around the world. Come learn what it takes to achieve export success from those who have done just that! The North Shore Export Forum will include a panel of business exporters from Massachusetts who will share their success stories. The forum also will feature an overview of a broad range of programs available to help companies with their international business efforts, including the opportunity of grant money available to small businesses to export. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government officials and local businesses to answer specific export questions.
Monday, April 27
Topic: The Power of Regional Networks: Advancing Product Commercialization through New England’s Incubator Network
ACTION will discuss its recently launched manufacturing program aimed to connect hardware startups and alumni from its 13 member incubators to design engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing resources within its regional network. Several member incubators have developed independent programs and will contribute to the discussion on how the network works together to advance product commercialization for their member companies. Incubator managers Keith MacKenzie of UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Manufacturing Center and Kristine Schuman of TechPlace in Brunswick, ME and ACTION's Programs Director, Joan Popolo will co-present on this topic. A visit to NREL, the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO is scheduled for the last day of the conference. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:15-7:30pm
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and New Materials – Technology, Business and Legal Considerations
McLane Law offices, 300 Trade Center 128
Woburn, MA 01801-7419 (map)
Please join us at the McLane Law Offices for a panel discussion of business and legal aspects to consider as new materials and technologies drive advanced manufacturing. New materials and advanced manufacturing processes are contributing to rapid changes in this sector. How are these new technologies changing and challenging the face of business?
Panelists will discuss these topics, and more:
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
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.
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?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30-7:30pm
Chestnut Innovation Center
11 Chestnut Street
A panel discussion with a team of experts from the Merrimack Valley!
Design for manufacturability (DFM) is the engineering art of designing products in order to facilitate the manufacturing process and thereby reduce the product production cost. Addressing problems in the design phase provides the opportunity to correct them before costly mistakes are made.
September 5, 2014
Alert: Innovation District –Accelerated Growth Ahead!
Has your town indicated that an incubator, accelerator, or co-working space is needed to attract and grow companies to drive local economic development? How does “the culture of the place” influence the success of your incubator? Can any city or town create the next Cambridge Innovation Center or Greentown Labs in their community?
Sarah Jane Maxted, who has studied the formation of innovation clusters, will facilitate our discussion on this topic. Ms Maxted will provide us with a high level look at what influences successful cluster development and brief us on the recently launched U.S. Cluster Mapping platform.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm ET
Start-up businesses moving into manufacturing need to consider the easily overlooked intellectual property aspects of manufacturing. Join McLane Law Firm attorneys Beverly Hjorth and Lin Hymel for a one hour webinar as they examine the intellectual property issues that can arise along the journey from idea to prototype, pilot project, and large-scale production. Throughout the presentation, Hjorth and Hymel will cover topics such as 3D printing and nanotechnology; strategic planning, knowing your intellectual property landscape, and liability issues; working with overseas partners and virtual teams, including compliance with export control laws; and working with the federal government.
June 23, 2014
Fall River, Mass (June 23, 2014) - ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, hosted its first incubator roundtable at the Newburyport CleanTech Center in Newburyport, MA. The topic of discussion was “Effective Marketing and Public Relations Strategies for Incubators on Tight Budgets.” The event was facilitated by Jennifer Karin, of Matter Communications, also located in Newburyport, MA, with additional expertise contributed by ACTION sponsor, Marc Bane, of Bane Marketing and Communications.
May 22, 2014 - 4:30 to 6:30pm
Sustainability Hub, Worcester, MA
The Institute for Energy & Sustainability (IES) is hosting its quarterly networking reception on May 22, 2014 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the Sustainability Hub on 912 Main Street in Worcester. The receptions are designed to provide a fun and casual atmosphere to highlight, showcase and connect emerging clean tech companies in Central MA. We have extended invitations to our Central MA delegation, as well as local government officials, university and corporate partners, early stage organizations and the general public. The receptions are generally open networking for the first hour, followed by a brief introduction to IES, our Incubator program, distinguished guests and brief remarks from attending early stage companies. Drinks and refreshments are served.
June 13, 2014 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
“Effective Public Relations & Marketing Strategies for Your Incubator – On a Budget”
Facilitated by Jennifer Karin, Director, Precision Group, Matter Communications
Friday, June 13th, 11:30am-2:00pm, Newburyport CleanTech Center, Newburyport, MA
Jennifer will lead an informal workshop to help incubators identify how they can get the right message out without exhausting resources, hone their relevancy to the marketplace, and shape the communications that follow. The workshop is designed to identify common challenges and exchange ideas on how to overcome them. Come share your experiences with your peers.
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May 29, 2014 - 5:30 to 7:30pm
Cambridge Innovation Center
One Broadway, 5th Floor
For the first time ever, the cleantech community joins forces with the Venture Cafe for an incredible night of networking. Join other cleantech entrepreneurs, clean energy business leaders, investors, students, innovation support organizations, and more. Representatives from Greentown Labs, MassCEC, ACTION, NECEC, and Cleantech Open Northeast will be on hand to answer questions about how to plug into the Northeast's vibrant cleantech ecosystem. ACTION will have representatives present to inform entrepreneurs about business incubation options throughout New England for their cleantech startups.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM EDT
Spring 2014 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
"Essentials of Win-Win Negotiations"
Presented By: John F. Malone (Matterhorn Group)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (12:00PM -1:30PM)
ATMC,151 Martine St. Fall River, MA 02723
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00 noon to 1:30pm
ATMC,151 Martine St. Fall River, MA 02723
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
Conference attendance and exhibiting are a great way to promote your products to potential and current customers. Unfortunately, they can also be a failed investment if you do not prepare and follow-up on new contacts. By planning for a conference, you can ensure it will not simply be a social gathering and create no future opportunities for your business. This session will focus on methods to ensure your business receives the most value from conferences.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:30am to 6:00pm
Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
ACTION and Boston University’s Feld Career Center are pleased to announce the Boston University Cleantech Expo, featuring two informative panel discussions, and a showcase of companies in the clean energy industry and related fields. The “Cleantech Careers Panel” will highlight how students can access internship opportunities at companies active in clean energy. The “Incubator Success Story Panel” will spotlight the story of a startup company innovating technologies at the nexus of clean energy and clean water that partnered with a cleantech incubator and has successfully developed the company to implement their technology systems.
January 30, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm
Startup companies face unique intellectual property (IP) challenges, often highlighted by the need to select from among many potential courses of action while working with a limited budget. Our panelists, IP attorneys from Wolf Greenfield with significant experience advising successful startups, discuss the range of potential actions that can be taken as well as providing a framework for startups to maximize the value added to the company by their IP efforts. Areas of focus include agreements, clearance and freedom to operate studies, trademark protection, trade secret protection, and domestic and international patent strategy.
To Register, please click here.
December 16, 2013, 12-1:30pm
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and the University of Connecticut Present
Regional Biodiesel Industry Forum
Learn about the latest innovations, applications, and potential future uses and benefits of biodiesel for the economy and the environment. Panel discussions will include state and federal policies, markets, production, and industry issues.
Network with local biodiesel producers and distributors, and tour the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) biofuels testing facility.
December 11th, 2013, Noon - 1:00PM
Webinar Presented by Rodman & Rodman, CPA “Green Team”
Setting up a new company in QuickBooks can be challenging enough, but if you’re in the clean energy industry, there are a number of additional items to think about and begin tracking to meet requirements for grant qualifications, financing, SRECs and other tax credits, financial reporting, and accelerated depreciation schedules. Proper setup of your QuickBooks system can be crucial to your ability to qualify for financing, or for investment tax credits against future income.
October 28th, 2013, Noon - 1:00PM
Thinking of responding to the next round of
Join ACTION for this timely and informative webinar :
presented by Dr. Jeffrey Everson of Director, J.H. Everson Consulting
October 24th, 2013, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Join ACTION and Greentown Labs for a panel discussion based on the Mass Development report, “Innovation in Manufacturing – Makerspaces”. Where are the evolving hotbeds of innovation? How can incubators, accelerators, and makerspaces work together to support rapid prototyping and early manufacturing needs of tech startups?
Nov 6th, 2013
Have you Heard? Hardware is Hot!
The Growing Number of “Hardware Curious” and the Development of the
New Manufacturing Economy
An interested and engaged crowd of entrepreneurs, engineers, prototypers and businesspeople gathered at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA on October 24th for a debut event at the cleantech incubator’s new and expanded location. Greentown Labs is a member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, which organized the program. They were there for a panel discussion on “Makin’ it in Massachusetts”, based on a report created for MassDevelopment, titled Innovation in Manufacturing – Makerspaces. “Part of the reason for the study was to bridge the gap between the business community and innovators. I wanted to tell the story of what was happening out there in the innovative workplace. It was an economic development agenda”, stated Andrea Foertsch, researcher and author of the study, Founder of Disruptive Space, and Principal, Melrose Real Estate Strategies.
October 9th, 2013, Noon - 1:30PM
The good news… you’re an entrepreneur, and you’re in good company. In this roundtable, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other entrepreneurs as they present their challenges and seek input to resolving them. You will participate in a process of listening, questioning and offering practical ideas, because collective wisdom is more encompassing than one individual experience.
September 13th, 2013
Mark your calendar! ACTION, E2Tech, Northeast Cleantech Open and Plano & Simple present:
“Perfect Pitch” workshop with Linda Plano, Plano & Simple
Friday, September 13, 2013
Hosted by Maine Technology Institute
8 Venture Avenue
Whether you are pitching in the Cleantech Open, to investors or to customers, your pitch needs to be a winner! Join us on Friday, September 13th in Brunswick, ME for the full-day "Perfect Pitch" workshop from ACTION, Cleantech Open and E2Tech.You will learn practical tips and tools for framing and presenting your value proposition, implement what you're learning in real time, and get coaching. At the end of the day, you will have a killer elevator pitch and a script for your 10-minute pitch.
Your coach is Linda Plano, PhD, who is a Boston entrepreneur and pitch coach who has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs who have gone on to raise over $250M.
This workshop is being offered for $60/participant to ACTION members and stakeholders, a significant discount from the full fee of $150!
Not sure if this is right for you? Join Linda for a free pre-webinar and online pitch clinic on Tuesday, August 20th 12:00pm.
Register here for both the workshop and online pitch clinic.
September 11th, 2013, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
The Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth presents:
By: Kirsten Snow
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)
@ ATMC, 151 Martine St. Fall River, MA 02723
August 26th, 2013 , 3:30PM - 5:30PM
July 16, 2013 7:30am - 9:30am
ACTION and The Green Way, Ltd. (Dublin's Cleantech cluster), and Enterprise Ireland, in celebration of the new international partnership between ACTION and The Green Way, invite you to discuss collaboration between the Dublin and New England cleantech clusters at a breakfast panel.
Dublin & Boston: Leveraging Resources & Maximizing Opportunity
Bingham McCutchen, Boston, MA
July 16th, 2013, 7:30-9:30am
July 18th, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Join us Thursday, July 18th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Greentown Labs for a lively panel discussion on the intersection of strategics and start-ups. Learn how strategic partnerships are quickly becoming the next big phenomenon in cleantech funding and seize the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and professionals alike.
Please RSVP using this link: Strategics + Start-Ups: Greentown Labs/MassCEC Panel Discussion
Greentown Labs is located at 337 Summer Street in Boston's Innovation District!
May 16, 2013, 8-10am
North Shore InnoVentures
May 8, 2013, 12-1:30pm
Networking to Grow (PDF)
May 8 2013 (Noon-1:30 pm)
FOR RSVP Please Contact:
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC)/UMass Dartmouth
April 29, 2013 , 5:30PM - 7:00PM
British Consulate/UK Trade & Investment
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
University of Southern Maine
Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, ME
April 24, 2013 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
ACTION Accelerating Success Workshop
"Perfect Pitch" Presented by Linda Plano, Plano & Simple
April 11, 2013, 4-6pm
ACTION & Boston University present
Space Available: The Role of Incubators in Accelerating the Success of Early-Stage Companies – A Case Study
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm
UMass Dartmouth/ATMC, Fall River, MA
By: Nancy M. Gibeau (BDC Capital)
Administered by BDC Capital, and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Recycling Loan Fund is an excellent way to obtain the financing you need. Loans range from $50,000 to $500,000, and are used to help Massachusetts businesses active in recycling‐related activities obtain the capital needed for any reasonable business purpose. These loans have terms up to ten years and can be used for permanent working capital, refinancing, and real estate, machinery & equipment, and acquisition financing.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 8:30am-4:30pm
Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, MA
Register for the workshop on the Plano & Simple website
Tuesday, January 16, 2013, 12:00-1:30 pm
Accelerating Success Program
Presented by Ian Mashiter
Newburyport Cleantech Center