Burton D. Morgan Foundation Grant Awarded to YBI, Team NEO, & America Makes

Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Economy, Education, Workforce

The Youngstown Business Incubator, along with America Makes, and Team NEO, have been awarded a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to develop an infrastructure and provide commercialization services for technologies related to Additive Manufacturing (AM). This program will focus on commercializing the Intellectual Property resulting from Ohio-based America Makes'project calls, and will leverage the extensive resources already available for entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

The goal of this program is to expand the cluster of AM startup companies, develop a global business attraction program that aligns with the America Makes Technology Roadmap, and establish a revenue model for the program to become self-sustaining.

Fifteen America Makes projects will go through the Deloitte Commercialization Tool, then down-scaled to eight projects. Paid student teams will be developed to assist in the commercialization process with each company. At least one new company stemming from an America Makes project will be established and added to the Northeast Ohio ecosystem.

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