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.
In January, SecondMuse continued its newest series of hardware startup support. This session 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 presentation on sourcing and production.
On Wednesday, March 6th, the SecondMuse team brought together startups from its two NYC-based manufacturing programs – Futureworks Incubator and M-Corps – for another session in the M-Corps workshop series. Hosted by M-Corps partner New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this workshop focused on Quality Assurance (QA).
In January, M-Corps launched the first manufacturing workshop in a series that will stretch into 2020. At Urban Future Lab, we kicked off with Manufacturing 101: Talking to Manufacturers, a panel discussion with local experts and moderated by SecondMuse Senior Director Katey Metzroth.