Making Connections at Startup Bootcamp

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The New App for Making It In America brought together startup companies who are making physical products with a network of mentors who can help them manufacture locally and domestically at Startup Bootcamp on March 21st, 2014.

Our network of manufacturing companies, financing experts, regulation and policy experts, and experienced entrepreneurs showed up to spend some time talking to startup companies about their needs. The day was split into four sections: Production, Talent for Production, Financing for Production, and Scale Factors.

Matt Stanton from SolePower described the benefits of a MAKERSHiP placement with his startup,  “The placement working with SolePower is doing machining that frees up my team to work on design. I can give him a file and get the sample back that day instead of in a week. This allows us to click through iterations quickly.”

Our keynote speaker, Sue Helper, Head Economist from the U.S. Department of Commerce, shared her perspectives on the manufacturing industry and specific initiatives the government has enacted to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship. She detailed the Obama Administration’s interest in makers and manufacturing, and pointed to the upcoming White House Maker Faire as evidence.

Sue Helper (Head Economist, US Department of Commerce) speaks with startup entrepreneurs.

Sue Helper (Head Economist, US Department of Commerce) speaks with startup entrepreneurs.

This is just the beginning. The New App for Making It In America is here to assist startup companies and make it easier for them to manufacture in America. We are launching regular events where startup companies can access experts and network with the people who can help them make their products domestically.

Startup Bootcamp 2014

Thank you to the following startups companies who attended Startup Bootcamp!

IAM Robotics, nanoGriptech, Inc., ActivAided Orthotics, Project Aura, ZeGo Robotics, Naked Geometry, Optimus Technologies, Rapid TPC, BirdBrain Technologies, ELumeon, Embedded Energy Technology LLC, KERF Case, SolePower LLC, Digital Dream Labs, and Abram’s Bed.

Finally, a huge thank you to the mentor network who participated in Startup Bootcamp.

See you at the next event. Dates and information to follow.

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