SecondMuse’s M-Corps just got a whole lot stronger with the addition of Dragon Innovation as our lead sponsor and core design-for-manufacturing partner. Over the next two years, we’ll be helping dozens of cleantech startups manufacture and get to market across New York State. Dragon Innovation will be alongside us to spearhead startups’ journey from prototype to high-volume factory production.
Manufacturing (and all its pitfalls) starts well before production, which is why we felt Dragon was the perfect fit for the NYSERDA-funded M-Corps. M-Corps startups will have free access to Dragon’s Product Planner, the industry-leading insight platform, as well as mentorship from Dragon engineers. The Boston-based firm works with companies as soon as they have a bill of materials and CAD Design. “The decisions you make early on cast a long shadow,” says Dragon Innovation CEO Scott N. Miller. M-Corps and Dragon will ensure that founders don’t make costly mistakes.
Product Planner shepherds startups through design decisions, material selection, quality plans, factory selections, cash flow reports, and more. Dragon will also help translate cleantech startups’ production needs into a language manufacturers understand. We’re excited to have Dragon on board and will be sharing lessons and anecdotes from the journey along the way. Head to Dragon’s website and join them on Instagram and Twitter, too.
On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, SecondMuse continued its newest series of hardware startup support. This session, part of the M-Corps workshops series focused on Supply Chain Strategy at New Lab in Brooklyn Navy Yard. NYCEDC’s Stacey Weismiller and Inventaprint’s Rich Mokuolu lead attendees through an essential, and entertaining, presentation on sourcing and production.
On January 16, M-Corps launched the first manufacturing workshop in a series that will stretch into 2020. On Wednesday at Urban Future Lab, we kicked off with Manufacturing 101: Talking to Manufacturers, a panel discussion spearheaded by local experts and moderated by SecondMuse Senior Director Katey Metzroth.
On Day 3 of onboarding, at Pratt Institute’s BF+DA, we dug into the manufacturing tools available to help startups level up from prototype to production. These included a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) assessment and SecondMuse’s Production Scale Up Roadmap (PSR).