Workshop held in Ann Arbor, MI
June 17, 2016


Thank you to the workshop participants!

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The Manufacturing 101 report played a key part in developing the Build4Scale effort at the Department of Energy. Read a summary of the Manufacturing 101 report: Prototypes to Products: Helping Entrepreneurs Master Manufacturing.

Build4Scale will train Cleantech entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of manufacturing, providing them with the tools and information they need to bring promising energy solutions to market.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is leading the development of the training for Cleantech entrepreneurs and is partnering with a range of organizations. Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Friedman, announced the Build4Scale program at the MForesight National Summit on September 29, 2016.

Learn more about the project at the Build4Scale website.

The goal of the Manufacturing 101 workshop is to develop an effective method for training hardware entrepreneurs in manufacturing so they can skillfully bring their products to market. Many entrepreneurs lack an understanding of how to scale their innovations from prototype to solutions that can be manufactured at-scale. This barrier also prevents entrepreneurs from showing the manufacturability of their innovations to potential strategic partners, limiting their access to capital. Learning the essentials of manufacturing will allow entrepreneurs to transform their pilot-scale prototypes into products that can be successfully manufactured in large quantities.

The key objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Develop an outline of Manufacturing 101 training for hardware startups including:
    • A list of recommended topics for training modules.
    • An outline of the content recommended for inclusion in each module.
    • A set of relevant case studies (of Cleantech startups, if possible) that demonstrate successful (or unsuccessful) scale-up of a product/business.
  2. Prioritize the training modules from most basic (content every hardware entrepreneur must know) to more specialized topics.
  3. Recommend subject matter experts and organizations/groups to develop modules.
  4. Recommend training delivery method(s).
08:00 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM Workshop Agenda & Purpose
08:45 AM Cleantech Hardware Entrepreneurs: Who are we attempting to help with this program and why
09:00 AM Introductions
09:15 AM Presentation: Cleantech manufacturing types, case studies, and unique needs

Dan Radomski, Chief Strategy Officer, Optimal, Inc.

09:45 AM Group Discussion

Scope of the workshop

10:15 AM BREAK
10:30 AM Breakout 1

Identify basic and specialized modules

11:15 AM Consolidate

Merge module selection from both breakout tables

11:30 AM Breakout 2

Topics for training modules and available software tools

12:15 PM Group Discussion

Summary and discussion of course content.

12:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM Breakout 3

Identify delivery methods

2:45 PM Group Discussion

Final recommendation for program delivery method. Identify content-providers, experts and other resources.

3:30 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps