Recap of the Futureworks Incubator Summit with Tomorrow Lab, Inventaprint and NYDesigns
Last week, Futureworks Incubator teamed up with Tomorrow Lab, Inventaprint and NYDesigns on the Futureworks Incubator Summit for idea-to-prototype-stage companies. Hosted by NYDesigns in Long Island City, the summit was an immersive all-day convening of 30 hardware startups and entrepreneurs as well as a dozen mentors.
Tomorrow Lab Founders Ted Ullrich and Pepin Gelardi kicked things off by helping early-stage companies understand rapid prototyping options. They then assessed product development timelines and broke out companies into smaller product-critique sessions. Tomorrow Lab is a hardware and innovation studio that works with brands like FastCo Design Award nominee RaceYa and biometric security startup HYPR Corp. Summit partner Inventaprint coached startups through the process of connecting with domestic manufacturers and developing supply chains. Inventaprint, founded by twin brothers Rich and Roland Mokuolu, is a Web platform that helps solo inventors and scaling companies link up with vetted producers. Rich, Roland, and Inventaprint’s CTO Chris Maltzan worked with teams throughout the day.
During break-out sessions, founders focused on a suite of vital topics – from advanced manufacturing technology to electronics to industrial design to supply chain and sourcing. Check out photos from the summit below, and RSVP for upcoming Futureworks Incubator workshops using the passcode futureworkspartner. Marketing & Storytelling for Product Startups at Collab on Nov 15 and Fundraising for Product Startups at Galvanize on Dec 6.