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Our third location in St. Louis is open!

One month ago,

clients moved into our third St. Louis location. We're excited to be able to support even more amazing thinkers and entrepreneurs in our brand new, beautiful space. Let's celebrate our one month anniversary by re-living 4220's incredible open house!

Haven't made it out to the new space yet? Come out and see us! Click below to set up a visit.

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Making it Personal: What is CIC's Responsibility for Advancing Social Equity?

 Making it Personal: What is CIC's Responsibility for Advancing Social Equity?

St. Louis is a city with a complex history. CIC knew some of that history when we began establishing the company’s first expansion location, but as our space opened on the heels of the unrest in Ferguson, we were forced to examine both our understanding of that history, and our place in St. Louis’ future.

At the end of last year, CIC St. Louis worked with the Diversity Awareness Partnership to assess our spaces, find out how our community was feeling, and discover whether there were changes we could make to build a more inclusive and welcoming environment. It was a great exercise that gave us our first real data on the diversity and inclusivity of our internal community.

The Third Industrial Revolution is Here — At Fab@CIC.

Drop in for a hot coffee or a pastry at Render Coffee, and the whirr of the espresso machine won’t be the only buzz you hear. You’ll likely also see and hear a digital fabricator or two laser-cutting a rough, miniature prototype for a new chair, building a dental model for a custom oral retainer, or simply “printing” a beautiful piece of digital art. You might also hear the buzz of designers, entrepreneurs, educators, and other innovators – coffee in hand – collaborating across disciplines and sharing skills with each other.

Welcome to Fab@CIC, a digital fabrication lab and community providing an open platform for people to support each other in their efforts to make new things. Powered by CIC Boston, Fab Foundation, and Render Coffee, Fab@CIC is a fabrication lab, yes, but we’re more than that. We’re one of more than 1,000 “Fab Labs” in 78 countries around the globe providing space in which the technological future of personal fabrication and manufacturing can be tested and tried. We’re bringing together innovators from across the region to collaborate, as well as connecting our local design and startup communities with a rapidly flattening global business network.

To understand the significance of what we’re doing at Fab@CIC, one must understand the era in which we are now living. Technology historians say we’re on the precipice of a Third Industrial Revolution. The first American Industrial Revolution, born in the mill towns of Massachusetts in the late 18th century, launched the transition from handmade products to machine-powered manufacturing. The Second Industrial Revolution, which ran roughly from 1870-1914, involved another rapid ramp-up in industrialization behind mass-production of steel and the use of interchangeable machine parts.

This Third Industrial Revolution, sometimes called the Digital Revolution, involves the digitizing of how we make things. And like the first Industrial Revolution, this digital revolution we’re experiencing now was born in Massachusetts. Futurists see a day when rather than producing something in one place and shipping it thousands of miles away to be used, communities are producing more of what they use locally in fabrication labs.

Here at CIC Boston, our fabrication lab is a place where designers and entrepreneurs – really, anyone in Boston – can experiment and create in a supportive and collaborative environment. Technology available to the public in Fab@CIC includes 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, soldering and electronics, and large format printing — skills that should not be hijacked by the scientific elite.

“We want to democratize access to the tools needed to invent the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication,” says Julia Hansen, one of Fab@CIC’s managers. “Everyone should be able to take part in shaping our physical world. We love great coffee, too.”

In the coming months, this blog will unpack some of the ways in which digital fabrication is being used here at Fab@CIC to design products that will improve lives around the world. We hope these stories – like Fab@CIC itself – will inspire someone who didn’t know she could make something, connect our work to the global Fab Lab movement, or link a product conceived in Boston to a market beyond the city limits. We hope you’ll check in here regularly, because, as we believe at Fab@CIC, the unexpected unfolds when new technology and creativity meet.

This post was written by CIC Member and Fab@CIC Contributor, Steve Holt.

Announcing CIC Providence! (+ an update on CIC Philadelphia)

CIC is thrilled to announce that we just broke ground in Providence, Rhode Island on a new innovation complex. Partners on the project include Brown University and Johnson & Johnson.  

CIC Providence will be situated in a brand new building in the historic Jewelry District, an easy walk to the Amtrak station, Brown and Rhode Island School of Design. We will have a gorgeous innovation space, as well as a gathering space modeled after our District Hall project in Boston.

#CICGetsGreen: Where does our waste go?  

#CICGetsGreen: Where does our waste go?  

In honor of green industry and innovation month, we’d like to shine a quick spotlight on CIC’s internal efforts to go green!

Two small but mighty CIC crews, the Planeteers and the Kitchens Team, are jointly leading a grassroots effort to institutionalize the 3 “R’s” – Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle – within CIC’s day-to-day operations. Below you will find a quick reference guide on some of the current initiatives.

Connect at Venture Café Mini-Conferences

Connect at Venture Café Mini-Conferences

If you’re from the Boston/Cambridge area and in the innovation community, it’s very likely that you’ve found yourself at Venture Café Kendall recently, hosted every Thursday at CIC Cambridge. These events are inarguably the preeminent networking gathering in the area. As a matter of fact, several hundred people attend each week.We’re going to highlight one of Venture Café Kendall’s rarer events, Mini-Conferences.  

Can tools for innovation help achieve racial equity?

Can tools for innovation help achieve racial equity?

At CIC, we tend to use lofty language. We talk about “fixing the world through innovation” and improving the human condition. Our goal is to create communities that connect resources, talent, and ideas in order to speed progress, and we came to St. Louis to do just that. But in light of recent events, I’ve found myself wondering: how do those ideas play out on the ground? How do concepts that serve innovation and design thinking improve people’s lives?

Hatred Has No Place at CIC

Hatred Has No Place at CIC

At CIC we strive to create a platform where bright minds of all origins can work together to change the world for the better. Our job is to facilitate great ideas by removing obstacles from entrepreneurs and innovators. To actualize possibility. We would be mistaken if we thought that racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia are not barriers to this.

CIC Miami strengthens relations with Chile to promote entrepreneurial exchange, innovation, and collaboration

As we at CIC Miami prepared to open last year, we worked to identify key areas of strategic and programmatic focus to guide our efforts. We fundamentally believe that our success is defined by the value we add to the entrepreneurial communities we expand to, and a large part of that value lies in identifying the unique gaps in that specific city and doing our part - mindfully, collaboratively, inclusively, excitedly - to address them.

In Miami, one such gap lay in contributing to make South Florida a more effective isthmus between Latin America and North America - a promise our city is perfectly positioned to keep, but only if we work to create tangible and bidirectional bridges between us and the region’s main innovation hubs.

In this context, Chile was a natural ally. Distinguished as one of the most robust and stable innovation engines in the continent, Chile’s startup scene has been praised as “magical” by Bloomberg News. The Chilean tech ecosystem has aggressively expanded during the last six years, primarily through various incentives spearheaded by the Chilean government through the National Development Corporation (CORFO for its acronym in Spanish). In fact, Chile was highlighted by Gust as the Nº1 country in Latam in terms of public investment.

As such, we are thrilled to announce the four inaugural agreements CIC Miami has signed with Chilean partners. These organizations represent various perspectives, stakeholders, and approaches, but stand united in their desire to foment their local ecosystem and help connect it to the U.S. via Miami. CIC Miami will be a key partner to the incubators/accelerators which receive CORFO’s Scaleup/Expansion funding, aimed at  supporting startups to increase their revenues, receive more funding, and internationalize. CORFO is also incentivizing venture capital  investment via a tax benefit for international investors that invest in a public fund based in Chile (dividend distributions and capital gains on the sale of quotas from the this fund are subject to a 10% withholding tax, instead of a tax rate of 35%).

As CIC Miami, we have been fortunate to find not just willing, but experienced and seasoned partners to sign agreements with as we set out to map out new directions from collaboration and bidirectional engagement. It is our hope that these relationships will allow entrepreneurs and innovators in Chile and Miami to access valuable information about each respective market, provide strategic connections with clients, peers, investment capital, talent, et al. Ultimately, we believe this is the first step in promoting new investment and business opportunities in both markets and look forward to working together.

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Start-up Chile - This well-known –government sponsored– public accelerator awards selected startups with up to $45,000 in non-equity funding, along with a four or six-month residency in Santiago. For their role in boosting and enlivening Chile’s economy, Fast Company named Start-Up Chile the most innovative company in Latin America in 2017.

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Chilean Association of Venture Capital -  The ACVC seeks to promote the venture capital industry in Chile by communicating the positive role of VC industry in the Chilean economy and promoting the Chilean industry to local and international entrepreneurs and investors, government, press/media and civil society. Currently composed of 12 member entities, ACVC seeks to increase capital deployments to $100 million/year, focused mainly in Pre-Series A or Series A rounds of $500.000 to $3 million.

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Endeavor Chile - Endeavor Chile seeks, selects and delivers strategic support to entrepreneurs who have the potential to become high-impact entrepreneurs. Endeavor's goal is to catalyze economic and social development through the impulse to entrepreneurship in the countries where it operates.

Endeavor helps entrepreneurs achieve the economic sustainability of their companies, generate growth and employment, become role models and foster an entrepreneurial culture that motivates more people to think big.

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Fundación Chile -  is a private non-profit organization that fosters innovation and its partners are the State of Chile and BHP-Billiton-Minera Escondida, one of the largest mining companies in the world. FCh develops local and international networks, delivering high impact solutions in areas such as sustainability, human capital development, education, aquaculture, entrepreneurship and foods.

 

Interested in learning more? Email us at space@miami.cic.us

Medellin and Miami are strengthening relations to promote innovation and bilateral cooperation

Medellin and Miami are strengthening relations to promote innovation and bilateral cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between Medellin's Ruta N and the Cambridge Innovation Center Miami (CIC Miami) will create a connection between the companies located in The Sun City and the capital of Antioquia to exchange experiences, practices, resources and knowledge and to facilitate the expansion and growth of entrepreneurship linked to both institutions.