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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. 

  • FEB
    04

    Startups: If you’re committed to your business vision, then you MUST start planning for venture financing.
    Even if your startup is brand-new, NOW is the time to map out your complete business growth path — all the way to venture financing.

    This happy hour event will bring your startup one step closer to your business goals. Get a crystal-clear picture of the process as we welcome four noted life science business financing experts to our Lowell center after work on Tuesday, February 4th.

    Join us and:

    ·       Understand how venture financing works today.

    ·       Learn what to look for (and look OUT for) in a VC offer.

    ·       Learn how to prepare your full business financing plan—from angel investors to VCs.

    ·       Find out the preparations you need to make to advance to each stage of financing.

    ·       Get expert answers to all your business financing questions.

    ·       Network with VCs, other investors, and your entrepreneur peers.

    ·       Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

    PLUS, practice and improve your pitch!

    Come with your pitch deck, because you can enter your name to give your business presentation and get valuable feedback from our panel.

    Agenda:

    5:00 - Registration & Networking w/ food & drink

    5:30 - Venture Capital Panel with Bill Yelle, Nancy Briefs, Maria Berkman, and moderator Vinit Nijhawan.

    6:30 - Q&A and Networking


    Online tickets: $10.00

    Walk-ins: $20.00

    *This event will also include a 200k Challenge 2020 Info Session*

    *Free parking included*

    Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-funding-happy-hour-tickets-79576199555

    5:00 PM
  • FEB
    12

    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. At noon we will host our Lunch and Learn, featuring a guest speaker, lunch provided.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-coworking-day-tickets-87972416867

    9:00 AM
  • MAR
    11

    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. At noon we will host our Lunch and Learn, featuring a guest speaker, lunch provided.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-coworking-day-tickets-87972416867

    9:00 AM
  • MAR
    25

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

    3:00 PM
  • MAR
    25

    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
  • APR
    08

    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. At noon we will host our Lunch and Learn, featuring a guest speaker, lunch provided.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-coworking-day-tickets-87972416867

    9:00 AM
  • MAY
    13

    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. At noon we will host our Lunch and Learn, featuring a guest speaker, lunch provided.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-coworking-day-tickets-87972416867

    9:00 AM

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