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. As our partners at Dragon Innovation say, “Early mistakes cast a long shadow,” and our workshops help founders make more informed decisions early on to save money, and heartbreak, later in the process. If you missed Manufacturing 101, no worries! We’ve shared vital takeaways below as well as the livestream of the event. Also, on January 30, M-Corps hosts its next workshop at New Lab – Manufacturing 102: Designing Your Supply Chain. You’re invited, so RSVP here!
At Manufacturing 101, DogSpot Cofounder Todd Schechter, Doris Dev Founder Justin Seidenfeld and manufacturing consultant Tara Stand spoke about navigating the production process, vetting manufacturers and being ready to build long-term relationships. This trio shared strategies based on a wealth of experience. Stand spent ten years at ITAC before starting her own firm to jumpstart growth at small and medium-sized businesses. Seidenfeld’s team specializes in soup-to-nuts product development for integrated hardware like smart luggage, toothbrushes, air conditioners and more. Schechter built DogSpot from an idea into a growing national network of sidewalk sanctuaries for doggos of all breeds.
M-Corps, funded by NYSERDA and sponsored by Dragon Innovation, launched in September 2018 to help cleantech startups get to market faster. We’re currently supporting a cohort of 11 companies that range from electric truck chassis to consumer solar products, smart ice-melt systems to soil remediation products. For our workshops, we take common needs from our startups and produce workshops to educate the greater manufacturing hardware ecosystem. Some lessons from this workshop include:
Key Manufacturing 101 Takeaways:
Before you walk through the door of a manufacturer
You’re on the hunt for the perfect fit; do your research! Here’s how:
Once you’re through the door:
On confirming that a manufacturer is right for you
On building the relationship:
From brewer’s waste upcycling to urban e-biking, the new M-Corps cohort is building a cleaner future, and tackling carbon emissions, from many angles covers more ground as we seek to reduce carbon emissions. Not only are these founders building companies, they’re also allies and mentors for each other during the program. Check out the new M-Corps cohort as well as the class from 2018-2019.
SecondMuse is looking for six cleantech startups who are paving the way for a more sustainable future, especially those with strong teams and products who need assistance scaling up to manufacturing. Applications are open through Sept 9.
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.