BINGHAMTON — FuzeHub will use a grant of $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help “close the gap” between American entrepreneurs who develop new-energy technologies and domestic manufacturers who produce them.
A portion of the money will target educational workshops and resources for entrepreneurs in the Southern Tier’s “growing” clean-tech sector.
FuzeHub says it is an Albany–based nonprofit organization that “connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation, and business growth.”
FuzeHub was one of four organizations nationwide to win DOE’s AIM Onshore prize competition. AIM Onshore is short for American Inventions Made Onshore.
It will use the funding to provide DOE’s Build4Scale training to help entrepreneurs connect with manufacturers.
The training seeks to help startups avoid the “common pitfalls” of product design by teaching them manufacturing-design fundamentals in the early stages of prototype development, and to provide them with the “know-how they need” to work with manufacturers.
FuzeHub will provide Build4Scale workshops to clean-tech hardware startup companies in three New York state regions, including the Southern Tier.
FuzeHub will hold a Build4Scale workshop in the Southern Tier on Oct. 9, a spokesman for the group said in an email response to a CNYBJ inquiry. As of press time on Aug. 10, the organization was still finalizing details on the time, location, and how to register for the event. The spokesman says those details will later be available on the FuzeHub website, www.fuzehub.com.
Dan Radomski, a Build4Scale curriculum developer, will serve as the lead instructor.
“FuzeHub is pleased to be working with our partners to educate New York state energy-technology entrepreneurs about manufacturing their products, and to help ensure that more of those innovations are ultimately produced here in the United States,” Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub, said in a mid-June news release.
About NY MEP
FuzeHub is part of the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP), a network of organizations that provide growth and innovation services to small and mid-sized manufacturers across the state.
The 11 nonprofit organizations that comprise the New York MEP assist companies all over New York, providing affordable services in the areas of technology acceleration, product development and prototyping, process improvements, innovation strategies, quality control, manufacturing scale-up, supply chain assistance, and new market strategies.
NY MEP says it annually helps nearly 1,000 manufacturers “create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money, by providing affordable services ranging from technology acceleration to product development to manufacturing scale-up.”
NY MEP is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR).
“Utilizing the expertise and long-standing manufacturing networks of the NY MEP system, we can collectively address the [U.S.] Department of Energy’s goal of helping energy-technology innovators close the manufacturing-readiness gap,” Matt Watson, NYSTAR director, said in the FuzeHub release.
To provide the Build4Scale training to clean-tech hardware startups and “ensure that they receive support on their pathway to domestic manufacturing,” FuzeHub is working with its regional NY MEP counterparts, including the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology, based at 5 South College Drive on the SUNY Broome campus in the town of Dickinson.
Additionally, FuzeHub “frequently” partners with business incubators across New York. It’ll be collaborating with the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator, located at 12 Hawley St. in Binghamton, to identify young companies that can “benefit most from the training.”