September 23, 2018
 
MassRobotics Gets $2.5M to Expand its Headquarters

February 15, 2018 — MassRobotics, a Boston-based nonprofit that is focused on fostering the robotics cluster in Massachusetts, recently received a $2.5 million state grant to expand its headquarters in the city's Fort Point Channel area.

The funds, from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, will enable MassRobotics to convert 25,000 square feet of storage space at the Boston Planning and Development Agency's 12 Channel Street building into the second floor of the MassRobotics Innovation Center.

MassRobotics opened 15,000 square feet of shared workspace in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park in February 2017. Since then, it has grown to house more than 30 companies and organizations, including startups, mature robotics companies, and university teams. Today, more than 70 people work in the space.

“Year one has been a tremendous success. MassRobotics is busting at the seams, with every office and lab bench taken. We provide a center of gravity to Boston’s robotics community, and are truly becoming the epicenter of robotics innovation. To support that growth, we need to expand, and we are excited about the cooperation and support from the City of Boston in this process,” said Tom Ryden, executive director of MassRobotics.

The new space, in conjunction with existing space, will provide private offices. open shared lab, prototyping and test space. a machine shop with 3D printers, laser cutters, and other tools to help make parts. electronics lab. and dedicated labs for advanced manufacturing robots and university-supported research.

There will also be public event space and a dedicated STEM lab where students and others can learn about the newest technologies.

The state estimated that MassRobotics will support the creation of 3,000 new jobs within 10 years and attract more than $1 billion in venture capital funding and corporate investments to the state. Its mission is to help create and scale the next generation of successful robotics and connected device companies by providing entrepreneurs and innovative robotics/automation startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test, and commercialize their products and solutions.

Serving as an innovation hub for robotics and connected devices, MassRobotics, through its programming and events, helps bring together innovative startups and existing technology organizations "to nurture the next generation of talent, and promote economic growth and innovation. By working with diverse local talent, we are helping to bring about the next global evolution of robotics."

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