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Fabric Discovery Center (FDC)

The Future of Functional Fabrics is Here

Where small businesses, startups and large organizations turn ideas into valuable solutions.

The UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is home to the first and only site in the nation that integrates discoveries from three Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes.

Polymers and Textiles Conference 2019

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Join us for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) Polymers and Textiles Conference from Nov. 6 - 8, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This conference will cover manufacturing and innovations, advancements in materials and fibers, workforce development, advanced textiles applications, business development for advance materials and products and aspects of sustainability.

Learn more and register at the AIChE website.

110 Canal Street building

The 28,000-square foot Fabric Discovery Center located at 110 Canal St. in downtown Lowell features dedicated space for design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing.

Use an Integrated Approach to Develop Functional Fabrics

The synergy between high-tech fabrics and flexible electronics combined with robotics could change the world. Just imagine developing products such as:

  • Fabrics that respond to temperature changes.
  • Fire resistant fabrics made from materials found in nature.
  • Fabrics that prevent water, oil or chemical penetration.
  • Fibers with self-healing nanocapsules.
  • Medical textiles that heal wounds, devices that prevent stroke.
  • Wearable electronics embedded in shirts and shoes that measure vital signs.
  • Power generating clothes, briefcase or shelter via weaveable organic photovoltaics.

To advance manufacturing, spark innovation and train workers for higher paying jobs, Massachusetts made a substantial commitment to develop the Manufacturing USA infrastructure within the state’s academic, research and manufacturing industry. 

  • NOV

    Talk Triggers

    Customer Experiences that Grow Business

    Word of mouth is powerful tool that generates sales.  Learn how to create engaging customer experiences that turn your customers into your marketers, driving your business forward. Jay Baer, renowned business strategist, and New York Times best-selling author shares successful examples and a proven process in this webinar and live discussion.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ~ lunch provided

    Session Introduction – Webinar Spotlight – Brainstorm – Free Talk Trigger Guide

    UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack Street, 3rd floor, Haverhill


    12:00 PM
  • NOV

    Funding your business means being creative, innovative and willing to do the work. Join us as we bring together experts in investing and crowdfunding to learn what’s best for your startup and the tips and tricks to secure the funding you need. This program will feature experts with wealth of experience in fundraising, investing and crowdfunding. The program will be moderated by Michael Ciuchta, Associate Professor in the Manning School of Business.This series is sponsored by MTM Insurance and the Better Business Bureau. Event will be held at the Innovation Hub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., 3rd Floor.

    5:30 PM
  • DEC

    The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub's Cultural Speaker Series brings Distinguished Professor Robert Forrant to take us through a century's worth of immigration history in the region's mill cities for an engaging look at the past and future of immigration. This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at the Innovation Hub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., 3rd Floor.

    6:00 PM
  • DEC

    Work. Meet. Create.
    Join us for our monthly Community Coworking Day. Network and engage with entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Greater Merrimack Valley at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill.

    Networking breakfast and lunch included.
    Join us for a special lunch and learn presentation every month. Topics to be covered include insurance, financial planning, marketing/social media, and more. 

    Register here:

    iHub Haverhill

    2 Merrimack St, 3rd Floor

    Haverhill, MA 01830

    9:00 AM
  • DEC

    For our next Entrepreneur Development Series workshop, the Innovation Hub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., 3rd Floor, will pull back the curtain with two experienced entrepreneurs and take you through their journeys – ups and downs, good and bad and what the future holds: .Brenna Schneider, Founder and CEO of 99Degrees, a performance activewear and wearable technology manufacturer headquartered in Lawrence; and Tim Panagos, a serial entrepreneur with bruises from founding three startups, including his current 7-year-old startup, The program will be moderated by Tom O’Donnell, Senior Director Innovation Initiatives at UMass Lowell. This program is free and open to the public.

    6:00 PM
  • MAR

    VIP Reception for M2D2 $200K Challenge corporate sponsors and competition finalists

    3:00 PM
  • MAR

    M2D2's annual pitch-off event where finalists in the $200K Challenge present their medical device and biotech innovations to a panel of judges and to an audience.

    5:00 PM

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