Five Ways Think Dutchess Supports Entrepreneurs

It’s National Entrepreneur Day!  Dutchess County recognizes that the key to building a strong community is a strong ecosystem of local businesses. Dutchess County has rich history of entrepreneurs like Adams Fairacre Farms, Dorsey Metrology, Efco Products and Schatz Bearing Co. who have called Dutchess home for decades.

We recognize that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbones of our cities. We are proud of our entrepreneurial communities like Beacon, Millbrook, Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie that continue to provide innovative ideas and efforts, and develop products recognized both locally and worldwide. Companies like Crown Maple, More Good, Sloop Brewing, Salleyander Soap, Screamin’ Onionz, Unlimited Tomorrow are leading entrepreneurial growth here in Dutchess.

One of our biggest strengths in driving economic growth has always come from this entrepreneurial spirit. A spirit that creates a constant source of jobs, innovation and revenue that drives a diverse industry base keeping a steady influx of capital flowing into the local economy. From business services and a range of products, to restaurants and manufacturing facilities, Think Dutchess provides services to businesses of all sizes to keep that spirit strong.

We understand the dynamics of entrepreneurship. Some businesses that start small will grow quickly to employ many people and increase production rapidly. Others will remain small, following a more gradual growth path. Whatever your path, here are five key ways we support entrepreneurs and small/medium businesses:

  • Build your Dutchess County WorkforceWe provide access to a network of resources that work alongside your growth.

From workforce development incentives available from the Dutchess Community College, Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and Empire State Development, to commercial real estate analysis and site selection support, we can help you find the people and space you need to scale your business.

  • Think Dutchess helps you navigate regulatory process and remove barriers to entryWe simplify processes.

Our experts help simplify regulatory processes and remove barriers that can slow your growth. We can help navigate and anticipate compliance and regulation procedures including permitting and review processes, licensing and zoning.

 

  • Think Dutchess increases your access to capitalWe expand access to capital.

Whether you need assistance with deal structuring, access to funding or just perfecting your pitch and business plan, we can introduce you to people like Community Capital, Hudson Valley Start-up Fund, SBDC and WED-C to keep the ideas, and cash flow, coming.

  • Think Dutchess gets you networking like a proWe grow your network.

From meetups and co-working spaces to keep you inspired to important face-to-face meetings to get you to your next milestone, Think Dutchess will get you networking like a pro!

  • We encourage innovation.

We know the greatest entrepreneurs are the ones that dare to challenge the status quo.  If you are an idea/seed stage company that is seeking to disrupt an industry and develop their idea here in Dutchess, apply to compete in the Innovation Challenge- Think Dutchess’ entrepreneurial pitch competition that aims to launch the next great business idea.  Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2018.  Compete and gain all of these services and more cash and prizes to take your business to the next level.

Dutchess County-based Innovator, Unlimited Tomorrow, Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 Amputees

Preparing their new facility in Rhinebeck, NY, innovator Easton LaChappelle and the Unlimited Tomorrow team announced their latest drive to change the lives of amputees. The facility will soon house state-of-the-art 3-D printers that will produce high-tech, affordable prostheses for amputees around the world.

Learn more about how you can help this Dutchess County-based trailblazer impact the lives of hundreds, and potentially thousands, around the world in the official Unlimited Tomorrow press release below.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unlimited Tomorrow Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 People in Need

Indiegogo Campaign Seeks to Provide 100 Tenacious People with Customized, Next-Generation Prosthetic Devices so They can Grab Life with Both Hands

Tony Robbins, the Earliest Supporter of Unlimited Tomorrow, Deepens Commitment;
Will Help Fund 100 State-of-the-Art Prostheses

RHINEBECK, N.Y.—November 7, 2018—Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc. has kicked off the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to provide 100 adults and children with amputations or limb differences with advanced customized prosthetic devices.

“Those who are missing limbs have the same great potential as all of us—they just need access to smart, intuitive, and affordable prostheses that empower them to do even more,” said Easton LaChappelle, Founder and CEO of Unlimited Tomorrow. “Our crowdfunding campaign allows everyone to do their part to empower amputees to achieve their ambitions—and literally grab life with both hands.”
Supporters of Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” campaign include enterprise technology partners Microsoft, Arrow Electronics and Dassault Systèmes. To contribute to Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more, please visit: https://igg.me/at/100tomorrows

At least 30 million people around the world are in need of a prosthetic device, but an advanced prosthesis can cost more than $80,000. As a result, many adults and children with amputations or limb differences are forced to use basic, cumbersome prosthetic devices, such as hooks, which limit what they can do in everyday life. Furthermore, children often require four to five artificial limbs as they grow into adolescence and adulthood, driving the cost for their families up to almost $500,000.

To combat this problem on a global level, and give inspirational people the devices they need to both complete everyday tasks and accomplish everything they set their minds to, Mr. LaChappelle founded Unlimited Tomorrow to manufacture prosthetic devices that are as tenacious as the people who wear them—at less than one-tenth of the cost of traditional devices. Unlimited Tomorrow’s prosthetic devices are 3D-printed, ultralight, and AI-enhanced devices which have individually moving fingers and look like realistic limbs. More information about Unlimited Tomorrow’s high-tech prosthetic devices is available at http://www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Supporters of the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign include Tony Robbins, world-renowned peak performance strategist, who is helping to fund 50 prosthetic devices. He will match funding from other campaign supporters to provide an additional 50 prostheses for amputees and those with limb differences who are in need. Mr. Robbins first spotted the potential of Mr. LaChappelle’s vision, and made an initial investment to help him establish Unlimited Tomorrow.

“Unlimited Tomorrow has the potential to change the lives of millions of people and can have real global impact,” said Tony Robbins. “We chose to turn to crowdfunding and partnerships rather than venture capital to stay true to this mission, and this is something that everyone can be a part of to make a reality.”

“This is only the beginning for Unlimited Tomorrow. Helping millions begins with helping the first 100,” said Mr. LaChappelle. “We could not have come this far without the support of Tony Robbins and our other partners, and thanks to their help, we are positioned to begin the long journey to provide 30 million individuals with limb differences around the world with advanced and customized prosthetic devices. By combining 3D printing, 3D scanning, machine learning, and crowdfunding, we and our supporters can work together to change millions of lives for the better—step by step.”
Unlimited Tomorrow previously utilized crowdfunding to raise $1.6 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New York and grow its team.

About Unlimited Tomorrow

Unlimited Tomorrow, an advanced manufacturing company, provides amputees with next-generation and affordable artificial limbs. Its world-leading solution is an intuitive scalable platform which creates custom devices from start to finish. By combining 3D scanning, 3D printing, and machine learning, Unlimited Tomorrow is putting artificial limbs affordably within reach of the millions who need them.

For more information, visit www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Media Contacts:

For Unlimited Tomorrow:
Jami Schlicher
(973) 850-7309
jschlicher@jconnelly.com

For Tony Robbins:
Jennifer Connelly
(917) 757-7662
jconnelly@jconnelly.com

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