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Manufacturing Hub - developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

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Manufacturing Hub connects hardware innovators with expertise and vendors that can help accelerate their path to market.

Innovators rarely possess the holistic knowledge set required to bring a hardware product from idea to design to alpha to beta to full-scale commercialization. For example, engineers may have a lighter understanding of the funding alternatives for growth, “idea guys” may have less exposure to the rapid prototyping methodologies that will help them cost-effectively iterate on their ideas, and few first-time entrepreneurs will have the knowledge and experience required to work effectively with contract manufacturers to develop early prototypes.

Our content has been developed in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), which has asked Manufacturing Hub (an ADL Ventures business) to identify the most effective pathways to support American technologies in their transition to market.

Manufacturing Hub seeks to help innovators move from planning to action by facilitating connections with contract manufacturers and experts that can accelerate commercialization.

Let us know how we can best help you overcome resource constraints to disrupt incumbent technologies.

Meet Our Team

Nolan Browne

Founded ADL Ventures

Nol brings operating, business development and fundraising experience to the ADL team. A 5-time founder with 15 years of C-Suite experience, Nol serves as a public company board member and innovation chairman in multiple industries. He is an expert in energy, technical R&D and innovation management and holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.

Eric Wisch

Partner Emeritus ADL Ventures

Eric is an innovation and operations specialist, with a focus on the launch and operation of new ventures. He has built companies in tech and real-estate. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Eric served as a Director of Venture Development at Redstar Ventures, where he led ag-tech, energy-tech, and health-tech investment research and venture development initiatives. Eric attended the University of Rochester, where he was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Scholar.

Chris Richardson

Partner ADL Ventures

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader. Chris has founded businesses in marketing technology, talent marketing, and talent networks. Previously, Chris worked in strategy consulting and helped launch the product marketing function at the clean technology company, EnerNOC. Chris has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA (with honors) from the University of Chicago (Booth). He serves on the Board of Overseers for Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay.

ADL Ventures

If it’s not challenging, ADL Ventures doesn’t do it.

At ADL, our team is equal parts entrepreneurs and executives who have worked in innovation, R&D and corporate development for major institutions. We know how to be nimble when needed, and we understand the inherent pressures of bringing new products to market and scaling new businesses. We are accustomed to working across the entire lifecycle of a company, as well as with government institutions that act as pillars of each industry with incentives, regulations and key programming.

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