Good news for Massachusetts robotics startups that need help connecting with manufacturers to commercialize their products: The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council on Thursday announced a new program that aims to help them do just that. And there’s a number of players involved.
The goal of the program is three-fold.
The goal of the program is three-fold, according to MassTLC. It will help startups grow and commercialize, giving manufacturers increased access and exposure to the latest tech trends and improving the state’s manufacturing sector.
The program’s first phase aims to assess the needs of the robotics startup community, as well as the capabilities of manufactures to help startups commercialize their products, by taking a survey, according to Joyce Sidopoulous, MassTLC’s robotics community manager. The program will then hold informational seminars and educational workshops, individual interviews with survey participant and matchmaking sessions to connect startups with manufacturers. All information about upcoming meetings will be posted to the MassTLC Robotics Cluster web page.
MassTLC is working on the program in partnership with MassRobotics, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and MassDevelopment, which has provided a grant to support the program for one year. After the grant runs out, Sidopoulous said, MassTLC will continue working with startups and manufacturers through programming at MassRobotics.