Massachusetts

Connecting with Economic Development Opportunities for Hardware Startups

Connecting with Economic Development Opportunities for Hardware Startups

Nov. 16, 2023 – We loved seeing the Merrimack Valley innovation ecosystem come together for our panel event Connecting with Economic Development Opportunities for Hardware Startups! A small crowd joined us at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub to network and take in the panel discussion. Mark Michalski, our Eastern MA manufacturing expert in residence, kicked…

2023 Manufacturing Mash-Up: “A real home run”

2023 Manufacturing Mash-Up: “A real home run”

Nothing beats a sunny day at the ballpark…except a sunny day at the ballpark with Massachusetts’ manufacturing ecosystem. FORGE returned to the state’s third annual Manufacturing Mash-Up for a fun day of networking, grant announcements and more. Students, legislators and startups mingled in Worcester’s Polar Park with some of our favorite manufacturers and suppliers.  Massachusetts…

Hardtech Holyoke Recap

Hardtech Holyoke Recap

August 9, 2023 – Holyoke’s innovation ecosystem took the spotlight this past Wednesday! Cofab Design, Clean Crop Technologies, the City of Holyoke, and FORGE hosted Hardtech Holyoke. The event celebrated the startups, technologists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, and ecosystem service providers building new physical products in and around the city. More than 85 people from across…

How to Get FDA Approval for Your Startup in 6 Steps

How to Get FDA Approval for Your Startup in 6 Steps

Without approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you can’t market your medical product in the U.S. Getting FDA approval is a challenging obstacle on the path to market for a medical startup, but it’s well worth the effort. FORGE invited Iris Sherman, biosecurity and population research group lead at MITRE, to share her…

FORGE Holds Panel Discussion on Patents and Intellectual Property

FORGE Holds Panel Discussion on Patents and Intellectual Property

The innovative idea behind your product is what makes it exciting and valuable to consumers and investors. As a startup leader, your business success depends on keeping your innovation yours. FORGE recently hosted a panel discussion for our startup network describing how to legally protect your intellectual property, from patents to non-disclosure agreements. Our guests…

Event Recap: State of Manufacturing in Western Massachusetts 2023

Event Recap: State of Manufacturing in Western Massachusetts 2023

January 18, 2023 – On a cool Wednesday night in Springfield, more than 100 people filled the White Lion Brewing Company for the State of Manufacturing in Western Massachusetts 2023. Manufacturers, local representatives and other state and local support agencies gathered to discuss coming challenges and opportunities for Western MA’s economy. The evening began with…

2022 Impact Report

2022 Impact Report

Last year, with your help, we served over 300 innovative companies with manufacturing strategies and connections, launched our new Manufacturing Readiness Workshop Series, and distributed non-dilutive product development funding to our startups, and more. In 2022 alone, the FORGE team made 489 curated connections between innovators and local suppliers. Within the network, we saw supply chain companies and manufacturers redouble…