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More than 20 companies have learned, developed and established new business through the innovative STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator program. Now, many of those companies are adapting their businesses to provide COVID-19 resources and support for frontline workers.
From manufacturing ventilators to 3D printing personal protective equipment, face shields and nasal swabs, alumni from our accelerator are applying the knowledge and experience they gained in the program to fight COVID-19.
“When COVID-19 hit the world, there was an immediate and relevant response by most of our Techstars companies. They are astute entrepreneurs who know how to define a problem and how to mobilize a solution with speed, agility, and thoughtfulness. They are important actors in this effort to address our new realities.”
Marty Guay, Vice President, Business Development, Stanley Black & Decker
The STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator launched in 2018 with a focus on additive manufacturing and expanded last year to add eco-friendly sustainable packaging solutions. Stanley Black & Decker experts continue to mentor and support these start-ups, ensuring they are well-suited to move from the design phase to production at an accelerated pace – positioning them to meet today’s demands.
Here are just some of the ways these startups have responded worldwide to the COVID-19 crisis:
- Partsimony, a software platform for the future cognitive supply chain, was selected to lead supply chain efforts to manufacture and distribute ventilators to New York hospitals. The ventilator received approval from the FDA, and the company is now shipping to multiple hospitals to help save lives.
- CALT Dynamics, a company focused on socially beneficial 3D Printing technology, has designed and produced thousands of 3D-printable face shields for protection against COVID-19. These shields are now distributed across every county in Ireland to protect healthcare workers.
- Accelerate3D, a manufacturer of large-scale 3D printers, has been involved with the Texas-based Masks for Docs team, which supplies personal protective equipment for doctors and healthcare workers. So far, the company has printed and dropped off about 2,000 face shield frames on its prototype printer at a rate of about 600 frames per week.
- Craste, a company building sustainable products for packaging in Pune, India, has teamed with other entrepreneurs to supply personal protective equipment including more than 53,000 face shields.
- Womp, an AI-powered platform for generating, interacting and making objects, has repurposed its proprietary 3D-printing software so that anyone can preview and order select personal protective equipment and nasal swabs. These efforts have led to consultations with doctors and researchers on designing isolation booths for healthcare workers, and even transmitting 3D printing plans for nasal swabs to Ecuador where they had previously been hand-making swabs.
- Triditive has adapted its EVAM software to a matchmaking platform to allow manufacturers to upload production capabilities and fast-track validation and certification of personal protective equipment, supplying frontline workers who request personal protective equipment on its platform.
STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator companies are also working on long-term healthcare solutions. Prinsta, an electronic-based company, has started working on products to better and more quickly diagnose people with COVID-19, including through a lung ultrasound, which is non-invasive, portable, and can be done in a few minutes.
Stanley Black & Decker is proud of what these companies have accomplished as they continue to support and help those fighting COVID-19.
The STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator will continue for a third year in 2020, focused on AI in Advanced Manufacturing. The program is now accepting applications for startups.