Bayard Design is proud to be a 2021 sponsor of Forge.
FORGE addresses crucial gaps and accelerates path to market for these startups by making right-fit introductions to industry expertise, combined with the training and support needed to ensure readiness for the connections to be productive.
The Manufacturing Initiative helps startups to source their supply chains from initial prototyping and design through to full scale production, connecting them with right-fit suppliers to establish early working relationships, and increase readiness to scale production together. Our programming and resources prepare startups and suppliers to work effectively together. Our work has led to the creation of 150+ contracts between the startups and suppliers in our network, with a known economic value of over $30 million and counting.
The Manufacturing Initiative was built at Greentown Labs in 2015, when its CEO Emily Reichert recognized the opportunity to create value for both startups and suppliers through forging these connections. FORGE (formerly Greentown Learn), the nonprofit sister organization of Greentown Labs, was created to execute this impactful initiative.
Today, FORGE maintains innovation headquarters at, and partners closely with, Greentown Labs (the largest cleantech incubator in North America) to serve their community of 140+ companies. Beyond Greentown Labs, we reach and serve a broader community of hardware and materials startups through strong relationships with a wealth of regional innovation support organizations including MassRobotics, BOLT, MIT, and others. Through these networks we’ve reached and helped 300+ startups to date.