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MCFL APEX 4th Friday Webinar – Fueling Future Innovations: Featuring FuzeHubs Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Join us for a deep dive into FuzeHub’s Funding Initiatives, presented by Patty Rechberger, the Innovation Fund Manager at FuzeHub. FuzeHub is the statewide NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, offering support to New York State manufacturers and technology companies through technical match-making, funding programs, and marketing services. Learn about various funding opportunities available for NYS manufacturing companies, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs, faculty, researchers, inventors, and incubators/accelerators.


2024 Manufacturing Grants

Applications are open!

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between not-for-profit organizations and small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York State. The partnership created with the not-for-profit organization serves as a pathway to technology transfer, adoption and implementation of new manufacturing processes, as well as the creation of enhanced products and services, and help manufacturing companies achieve success from early stage, proof of concept through maturity.


Program Goals
To identify innovative projects that support the collaboration of not-for-profit organizations and New York State small to medium-sized manufacturers, leading to the creation of valuable economic impacts in our communities, and the growth of New York’s manufacturing sector.

Available Funding
Individual grants will not exceed $65,000. The number of awards made may vary by funding round depending on other uses of the Fund and the quality of applications received. FuzeHub maintains the right to award less than is being requested.


Who should attend?

  • NYS manufacturing companies seeking funding for innovative products or processes
  • NYS not-for-profits looking to support companies they work with or advance their mission through industry partnerships
  • Entrepreneurs at all levels of experience
  • Faculty members
  • Research program managers
  • Researchers and inventors
  • Incubators and accelerators


Speaker Bio:

Patty Rechberger, Innovation Fund Manager at FuzeHub
Patty Rechberger oversees the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, which awards over $1 million annually in grants and investments to promote technology innovation in New York State. With over fourteen years of experience in business administration, Patty has been instrumental in identifying and developing growth opportunities in the private industry sector. She holds an MBA from the University at Albany and a BBA from Empire State College.


James Senall, President, NextCorps

Jim joined the organization as President in 2009, and leads NextCorps in achieving its mission of creating entrepreneurship and innovation-based regional growth.  During his tenure, the organization has launched several new initiatives including a software accelerator program, a clean tech accelerator, a statewide Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, and an optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator. Through these and its other offerings, NextCorps has served more than 800 client companies over the past 5 years.





April 26
11:00 am - 12:30 pm