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R&D to the marketplace at Tinker|Bristol
By Jessica David / February 24, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Tinker|Bristol will be a manufacturing incubator and makerspace where the East Bay community can tinker, innovate and create products in a collaborative environment. We’re pleased to help jumpstart the project with a $50,000 grant. 

Located in Bristol’s historic manufacturing district, Tinker|Bristol will serve manufacturers, entrepreneurs, businesses, hobbyists and makers of all stripes, offering affordable access to shared space, rapid prototyping equipment, tools, 3-D printers and technologies. Co-founders Todd Thomas and Andrea Rounds say their concept is to embed a manufacturing incubator in the collaborative culture of a makerspace from Day One. The goal is to design a scalable, replicable proof of concept for stimulating grassroots manufacturing and applied product development in Rhode Island. 

Even Tinker|Bristol’s location reflects Rhode Island’s track record as a home of innovation. The space is in the historic Bristol Industrial Park, where the National Rubber Company began turning out products in the 1860s. Over the years, it has been home to U.S. Rubber’s cable and wire division and the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.

Our grant is the seed money that will enable Tinker|Bristol to attract the resources necessary to bring its concept to fruition. By providing a streamlined pathway from R+D to the marketplace, the Tinker project aligns with our Economic Security strategic initiative. Small companies are the growth engines of the economy, and East Bay's concentrated marine trades and composites industries are a great starting point for expanding the state's growing innovation network.

Tinker|Bristol kicked off last week with a packed room of local supporters. We believe this kind of community engagement, along with the energy and commitment of the founders, will make Tinker|Bristol a success.
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