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M-Corps Onboarding Wraps Up With a Focus on Essential Manufacturing Baselines

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M-Corps is America’s first program to help cleantech startups manufacture and get to market faster. Funded by NYSERDA, SecondMuse and Rochester-based NextCorps are working with promising startups across New York State. Our reflection of the first two days of M-Corps onboarding at New Lab focused on how to produce connection, trust and altruism, which is the baseline of SecondMuse’s approach to building 21st century economies. On the final day of onboarding at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn…

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Three Lessons from SecondMuse’s M-Corps Launch at New Lab

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More than a year ago, we wrote a 90-page proposal to win NYSERDA’s M-Corps RFP. There were lots of diagrams and models, fancy flow charts and infographics. But really, those frameworks were just elaborate ways to deliver our real message: SecondMuse’s M-Corps will strengthen the cleantech manufacturing economy in New York by bringing people together and solving real problems like how to manufacture. Sound a bit vague? It’s not. From innovation districts to coworking spaces,…

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Dragon Innovation Signs on as Lead M-Corps Sponsor and Partner

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SecondMuse’s M-Corps just got a whole lot stronger with the addition of Dragon Innovation as our lead sponsor and core design-for-manufacturing partner. Over the next two years, we’ll be helping dozens of cleantech startups manufacture and get to market across New York State. Dragon Innovation will be alongside us to spearhead startups’ journey from prototype to high-volume factory production. Manufacturing (and all its pitfalls) starts well before production, which is why we felt Dragon was…

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CAUSINDY 2018 ‘Connected by Sea’: SecondMuse Introduces Two Ocean Projects in Indonesia

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In early September 2018, Simon Baldwin, director of SecondMuse Indonesia went to Makassar to attend the 6th annual Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY), a conference to enhance the Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship by exploring points of collaborations between the two countries to solve several issues on the chosen theme. 31 youth delegates, including members of parliament and leaders in business, academia, and social enterprise, traveled from across Australia and Indonesia to attend. With a theme…

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SecondMuse Set to Tackle Ocean Plastic in Collaboration with Circulate Capital, U.S. State Department, Ocean Conservancy and More

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SecondMuse and Circulate Capital Launch Incubator Network at the Ocean Partnership Summit alongside the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting According to Ocean Conservancy, scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic is entering our ocean every year. At this rate, within a decade, our ocean would be filled with one pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish. While the need to reduce the amount of trash in the ocean is abundantly…

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SecondMuse Launches New York State’s First Cleantech Manufacturing Program

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SecondMuse is launching the first program in New York that is dedicated to helping cleantech startups manufacture and get to market. The two-year M-Corps pilot will provide cleantech startups with an embedded manufacturing team, access to critical templates and resources to support manufacturing, supply chain design and management support, engineering mentorship, and cash flow. Applications are open through Oct 8. SecondMuse will host a series of info sessions throughout September and early October. Rochester-based NextCorps is operating a…

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Empire State of Impact: Meet Attia Taylor

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“I love that I’m able to build a community within the 2M family and in the projects we work on daily.” Attia Taylor Attia Taylor is the Community Manager for the SecondMuse Cities team supporting all Futureworks programming on and off line. Her role focuses on strengthening the community experience and communicating across programs to create a seamless experience for participants, partners, and sponsors. Attia is passionate about building and cultivating communities through journalism, creativity,…

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Where Are They Now: Aquacelerator Innovation Continues

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Kicking off in Perth, Australia at the end of 2017, Aquacelerator was an effort to revolutionize the aquaculture industry, develop local economies across the Indian Ocean region, and improve our relationship with oceans, fishing, and aquatic life, by connecting inspiring innovators with the networks capable of turning their ideas into reality. Led by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) InnovationXchange, in partnership with SecondMuse, Aquacelerator advanced the global adoption and scale of…

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10 Years Later: Reflections on Measuring Our Impact

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At SecondMuse, since our founding nearly ten years ago, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to comprehensively measure our impact. Many different approaches exist for measuring the impact of innovation, or even more specifically social innovation. In fact, there has been a rise in standard metrics through initiatives such as IRIS and B Corp which go beyond traditional measurement. Still, none of these seem to quite capture the full impact of our…

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Leaving Comfort, Loving Community: Meet Blake Garcia

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“I’m a Texan who loves home (and the Longhorns), but I knew I had to step out of my comfort zone.” Blake Garcia Blake has served in key roles on projects leading client engagement, program design and operations, as well as developing and managing strategic partnerships and networks. His work has spanned supporting local economic development initiatives in the State of Texas and New York City to building global innovation programs that have collectively engaged…

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Indonesia, Inspiration, Innovation: Meet Simon Baldwin

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“… I’m passionate about harnessing the engine of commerce to create social, environmental and economic value with the communities that we work with.” Simon Baldwin Simon leads the Indonesian branch of SecondMuse where our efforts focus on creating economic, social, and environmental value by supporting new venture creation. Simon is particularly passionate about the role that new businesses can play in creating social value in emerging markets like Indonesia. In today’s blog, we invite you to meet…

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Joining the Systems Change Dialogue at Responsible Business Forum Jakarta

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“Whether we collaborate around a group of entrepreneurs, a program for smallholder farmers, or a trade policy, what RBF made loud and clear is that, in today’s interconnected world, we must break down the barriers that have previously siloed our work if we want to make meaningful progress.” David Ball David brings to SecondMuse and LAUNCH a multifaceted approach to finding the right levers to accelerate innovative solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. Over the…

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How Can You Use Communications to Build Community?

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At SecondMuse, in our work and in our company, we aspire to create environments where learning, experimentation, and creativity can flourish. One aspect where this has been paramount is in our storytelling and communications. Over the last two years, SecondMuse has placed an added focus on leveraging the digital tools at our fingertips to engage with communities – reaching more than 150 million people through social media – and, even more, to build the communities…

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