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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Draper Teams with MassChallenge to Shape the Future of Innovation

Company sponsors MassChallenge to accelerate technology growth in Boston

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Startups developing something new need access to resources and expertise for help in doing it efficiently and effectively. Many engage with Sembler, Draper’s Office for Startups, in such areas as autonomous systems, precision instrumentation, microsystems and biomedical solutions.

This year Draper extends its support to the startup community as a repeat partner for MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators.

“Sembler is actively engaging with innovative technology startups aligned with Draper’s strategic interests. We are in the heart of the Boston and Cambridge innovation hub, advancing technology in so many directions and supporting local businesses as they break into new markets. We are proud to serve as a Top MassChallenge Boston Partner,” said Spencer Irvine, a Draper program manager and the program lead for the Sembler Office at Draper.

Sembler, Draper’s Office for Startups, provides mentorship, affordable access to Draper’s facilities, and opportunities to collaborate on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects.

In 2018, the MassChallenge Boston cohort debuted, which was selected from more than 1,600 applications from around the world, including 11 countries and 16 U.S. states. Representing the top 8 percent of all applicants, these 128 early-stage startups have the potential to create widespread impact across industries. On Oct. 17, 2018, the accelerator program will culminate at the MassChallenge Boston Awards, where the most-promising startups compete for shares of more than $1.5 million in equity-free awards.

Kiki Mills Johnston, Managing Director at MassChallenge, said:  “MassChallenge firmly believes that the best ideas can come from anyone, in any industry, from anywhere around the world. This cohort is reflective of that vision and is well on its way to creating widespread impact. We’re looking forward to working closely with our corporate partners, mentors and, of course, the Boston entrepreneurial community to help these startups launch and grow throughout the summer and beyond!”

Draper provides mentorship, access to facilities, advice and assistance to Boston-area companies through Sembler, Draper’s Office for Startups.
Capabilities Used
Autonomous Systems

Draper combines mission planning, PN&T, situational awareness, and novel GN&C designs to develop and deploy autonomous platforms for ground, air, sea and undersea needs. These systems range in complexity from human-in-the-loop to systems that operate without any human intervention. The design of these systems generally involves decomposing the mission needs into sets of scenarios that result in trade studies that lead to an optimized solution with key performance requirements.  Draper continues to advance the field of autonomy through research in the areas of mission planning, sensing and perception, mobility, learning, real-time performance evaluation and human trust in autonomous systems.

Materials Engineering & Microfabrication

Draper continues to develop its expertise in designing, characterizing and processing materials at the macro-, micro- and nanoscales. Understanding the physical properties and behaviors of materials at these various scales is vital to exploit them successfully in designing components or systems. This enables the development and integration of biomaterials, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, wafer fabrication, chemical and electrochemical materials and structural materials for application to system-level solutions required of government and commercial sponsors.

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