Pilot Call for Fabric Discovery Centers Announced
February 8, 2017
AFFOA has issued its first pilot call for proposals for the creation of Fabric Discovery Centers, regional centers aimed at facilitating growth in the advanced fabric space. These centers will provide three complementary functions: serve as regional incubators and accelerators for start-up companies in the advanced fabric space; provide end-to-end rapid prototyping facilities for advanced fabrics; and house training facilities for educational outreach and workforce development.
This pilot call is limited to proposals from Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Additional calls for FDC proposals will be issued in the coming months.
“We are excited to work hand-in-hand with local manufacturers, educational institutions and state governments to facilitate the creation of these centers which will serve to accelerate startups, provide workforce development and house advanced fabric prototyping facilities” – Yoel Fink, AFFOA CEO.