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Start Date

March 24, 2022 03:00 pm

End Date

March 31, 2022 05:00 pm




Polaris MEP & 401 Techbridge



Moving from a prototype to scalable production can be difficult and expensive. 401 Tech Bridge and Polaris MEP have created Scale Up! to help companies solve the many challenges around engineering, manufacturing, and other commercialization hurdles.

All applicants will have access to multiple actionable workshops and networking opportunities.

30 companies will be selected for an 8-hour Bootcamp (2 hours a day, over 4 days) which will lead them through assessment and planning, market research, and manufacturing readiness. They will also be featured as highlights in 401 Tech Bridge media and content.

10 companies will be selected for the Scale Up! RI program which includes one-on-one consultations with Peter Russo, culminating in a $2000 credit for prototyping donated by our industry partners, and a completed project. These companies will also be featured in spotlight profiles in 401 Tech Bridge media and content.

Who Should Apply:

  • Companies looking to ‘Scale Up!’
  • Innovators looking to leverage Rhode Island’s innovation ecosystem


  • Applications OPEN on February 7, and CLOSE on March 4
  • Selected companies will be notified by March 18
  • Bootcamp dates will encompass four 2-hour sessions from 3:00 PM – 5:00PM, and are scheduled for March 24 and 25, and March 30 and 31
  • There will be six 1-hour workshop dates, with the first scheduled for April 18.

About the Presenter: 

Peter Russo will lead the Bootcamp and workshop sessions, as well as provide the one-on-one consultations. A lifelong product developer, having launched clean energy, hardware, sporting goods, and kids’ products resulting in over $250 million in sales. A serial Entrepreneur, he has also built and sold 3 companies, and served on acquisition teams for venture firms and been an angel investor.  He holds 16 patents, all used in commercial production, and holds a BS, MBA, and is a CPM.  He now advises startups in commercial readiness and manufacturers in efficiency and technology adoption.


Scale Up! RI is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Agency’s Sprint Challenge, which enables regional innovation economies to rapidly address the economic, health and safety caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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