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Western MA Facilities Tour

February 26th 2019

On February 26th, Greentown Learn’s Manufacturing Initiative took a group of startups on a tour of several manufacturers and supplier facilities in western Massachusetts including, Trident Alloys, Worthington Assembly and Cofab, build knowledge of and relationships with the wealth of manufacturers in the western part of the state . These tours are a great way for startups to understand how their products will be made and how to best design their products for manufacturing and and they often result in working partnerships and contracts to produce innovative products in the region.

Greentown Learn and their Manufacturing Tour have been invaluable in helping companies understand manufacturing processes, which greatly strengthens working relationships with vendors.
— Brendan Duttry, Dipjar

The tour concluded with a small celebration at the brand new Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Hub where the group was joined by partners, supporters, and advisors from the Pioneer Valley entrepreneurship and economic development support network.

Monthly Networking Meetup

February 28th 2019


On February 28th, Greentown Learn hosted the Monthly Networking Meetup for Hardware Startups in Boston. These meetings provide a great opportunity for members of the startup community to gather and learn from one another, as well as to find potential resources to help further their ventures. The meetup included networking time as well as an opportunity for members of the Startup community to explain to the group, what they were working on, what challenges they were facing, and what help they could use.

Samtec Office Hours

February 27th 2019

Samtec hosted office hours on February 27th, meeting with 3 startups to discuss how Samtec could solve their interconnect needs. The office hours allow startups one on one time with manufacturers to work out the kinks of their design with a manufacturer or supplier and speed up the process to production. Samtec has also donated a Manufacturing station for startups to build their own power assemblies.

Mark Tabor’s unique brand of ecstatic presentation and enthusiasm for supporting Greentown members has been a breath of fresh air; from expediting connector orders when we’ve been in a pinch to building out an entire industrial grade connection system over coffee on a napkin, he’s putting the hours in to support us.
— Nik Lal, Biobot Analytics