Polaris MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge application period opens Aug. 24

PROVIDENCE – The application period for the next cohort of Polaris MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge opens Aug. 24, the nonprofit announced.

Polaris MEP will host a launch event for interested Rhode Island manufacturers at Foolproof Brewing Co. in Pawtucket Aug. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m.

The MIC was created in 2015 using funding from the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment through the R.I. Commerce Corp. to assist defense manufacturers but is now open to state manufacturers in all sectors.

Companies that participate are matched with “a team of subject-matter experts with deep industry knowledge who work with the company’s leadership team to conduct a strategic review of the business,” according to a news release.

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Companies are measured across eight categories and receive a report with recommendations to improve growth potential and operations.