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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.

June 16, 2020


Applications for ACTION Innovation Network's first online cohort for its Pre-Landing program for international startups in Healthcare are being accepted until July 15th, with the main program running in September. This edition of the Pre-Landing program will support companies in the areas of Therapeutics, Medical Devices and Digital Health. It will prepare international startups to raise funds in the US and connect with the health innovation ecosystem in Massachusetts/New England. The program will be offered in two phases. Phase I will be presented in an online format, while international travel restrictions remain tight. The online agenda includes one day of digital RESI in September, for startups to schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with investors that are looking for their technologies. Phase II offers a three day on-site visit to ACTION's life science incubators and in-person meetings with industry experts, once startups are comfortable traveling again. If you know of an international startup that may benefit from this program, please forward the detailed agenda and application. The program is made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration through a 2018 RIS i6 grant awarded to ACTION Innovation Network.

ACTION Innovation Network partners with MassInnoV

May 12, 2020


ACTION Innovation Network has become a new partner of Massachusetts Innovation Network (MassInnoV), home of the New England Innovation Awards, to promote and support its 2020 Awards program.The Massachusetts Innovation Network is a small, nonprofit organization, formed to continue its founder, Mr. Robert J. Crowley's legacy and inspirational vision "to coach, assist, recognize, support, and publicize small- and medium-sized innovators and start-ups, and help them grow and thrive". The New England Innovation Program, approaching its 35th year, is the oldest and longest-running innovation competition in the New England region, the very first to recognize and support trail-blazers and market-disrupters like iRobot, Vistaprint, HubSpot, Genzyme, MassChallenge, and many others. ACTION will provide outreach to its network to attract applicants to the 2020 program and offer space for informational meetings at its member locations, where applicable, from May 18th through June 4th. Awards are offered in 8 industry sector competition categories. The application period is open through June 26th. Find out more about the Innovation Awards Program and submit an application here. Do you know a promising, New England-based innovative company that should be recognized? Nominate them here. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (978) 579-4990.

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