Monday, September 26, 2016

MassTLC/MassDevelopment Advanced Manufacturing Futures Program Grant Status and a Visit to FLEXcon

MassTLCs Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund Program grant work is well underway.  Our goal:  to help robotics, IoT and hardware start-ups and scale-ups grow and commercialize their products by connecting them with the local manufacturers and supply chain.  These grant funds will enable us to help our community by providing the knowledge and resources they need to bring great ideas to great products - Made in Massachusetts. 

We have over 30 participants and have held over a dozen one-on-one interviews learning startup and scaling company challenges and offering advice and contacts at local manufacturers.  We’ve also visited manufactures and some of you have joined us!  In our next phase we will be hosting a series of seminars with rocket pitches from startups and receiving instant advice from a diverse manufacturing panel of experts.  Our first event will be held at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub on 26 October 4:00 – 6:00 pm – register <here>. We are working to host a second event in November in Worcester as well as additional events throughout the state with different startups and a variety of manufacturing experts.  If you are interested in participating – please full out our survey:

Robotics, IoT and Hardware Companies Survey link

Manufacturers Survey link
We had a great visit to FLEXcon in Spencer MA with Phil Caruso from Mini-Mole.  FLEXcon is a global leader in coated and laminated films and adhesives used in graphics applications, manufactured goods and new products.  We received a tour and viewing of their unique roll to roll converting manufacturing equipment and event came home with some goodies!

Figure 1.  Phil Caruso, Founder & CEO Mini-Mole gets to take home some samples to test!
Thanks to Bill Sullivan, Vice President, Performance Products for his hospitality, expertise and advice. 
Figure 2. Bill Sullivan, Vice President, Performance Products at FLEXcon, offers expert advice for Mini-Mole production

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