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Willian B. Bonvillian and Peter L. Singer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037037

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037037.001.0001

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Start-up Scale-up: Addressing the Manufacturing Challenge for Start-ups

Start-up Scale-up: Addressing the Manufacturing Challenge for Start-ups

(p.187) 7 Start-up Scale-up: Addressing the Manufacturing Challenge for Start-ups
Advanced Manufacturing

William B. Bonvillian

Peter L. Singer

The MIT Press

This chapter looks at a new but related problem: start-up scale-up. There is an additional and compounding innovation gap problem affecting start-ups that need to manufacture their products. While the advanced manufacturing institute model detailed in the previous chapter addresses innovation at large, midsize, and small manufacturing firms, to date it has largely focused on existing firms and has not encompassed new entrepreneurial start-ups. These start-up firms face not only an early-stage technology development gap, but also a production scale-up gap. Start-up scale-up is a problem in general, and particularly for manufacturing start-ups. This third category of firms, then, comprises the start-up and entrepreneurial firms that manufacture products based on their own new innovative technologies, typically emerging from university research centers.

Keywords:   advanced manufacturing institute, innovation, entrepreneurial start-ups, technology development, production scale-up, manufacturing start-ups, innovative technologies

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