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Techstars announces three 3D printing startups in next 10 for STANLEY Accelerator

Stealth mode startup Accelerate3D, Triditive and Umeleon listed in the next class

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The STANLEY + Techstars accelerator has become one of the key programs for young and innovative startups, especially in the 3D printing segment. Past editions have seen the participation of companies such as Castor, Collider and Kwambio, at different locations around the US. Last year the Stanley Black & Decker Accelerator was introduced in Hartford, CT. Many companies of that first class, which focused solely on additive manufacturing, have already been making an impact and have gone on to expand and raise additional capital. Four are based in Hartford.

The organizers have further assessed the program’s focus and expanded their efforts to work with companies across the advanced manufacturing vertical, with an emphasis on those working on innovations in additive manufacturing and sustainable packaging. In 2018, Stanley Black & Decker signed a pledge with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in an effort to “help build a more sustainable world,” and the program has now been adjusted to work with startups who also share that goal.

A custom filament spool from Umeleon

In selecting this year’s class, STANLEY + Techstars organizers viewed applications from over 30 countries and accepted companies from Spain, Germany, India, Texas, New York, Boston, and California. While in venture investing, statistics indicate that only approximately 3% of funding typically goes to female-led companies, this year nearly half of our companies have a female founder. All of the 10 companies were selected for their have the potential to disrupt industries and change the world for the better.

These are the ten startups that will now move to Connecticut for the next 13 weeks:

Manufactures large-scale 3D printers which print 10X faster than the market standard

Robotic, instant, right-size packaging for e-commerce fulfillment

Building sustainable products for packaging from waste crop residue

Bio-based lubricants, cleaners and absorbents

Providing molecularly fresher ingredients in more sustainable packaging

Developing the next generation of electronics manufacturing

Has developed, AMCELL, the first automated industrial hybrid AM machine for mass production

A company focused on building the next generation of power tools

Providing customized filaments for FDM printers on demand

An AI-powered platform for generating, interacting and making objects.


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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