OPS21 INNOVATION STRATEGY PROJECT 

ITAC is proud to have partnered with EWI, a leading engineering and technology organization dedicated to developing, testing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

The Ops21 Innovation Strategy project helps identify the best immediate technology or process innovations for your business. Our experts will come to your shop floor to identify, recommend, and prioritize actionable and impactful technology or process innovations for your business, focusing specifically on those that can be implemented within 6 months to a year.

Throughout this project, our experts will identify at least five “quick win” improvement, innovation suggestions, which they - with your input - will narrow down to two quick-win recommendations for more focused consideration.

For the two selected "quick win" areas, your company will be presented with information to allow you to adopt and execute on each. This presentation package will include:

  • a description of the system or process,

  • a rough order of magnitude cost estimate based on the estimated costs of key components and engineering work,

  • an estimated return on investment, and

  • where applicable, a list of potential suppliers or system integrators.

This opportunity is a technology strategy project and does not include the implementation of the recommended technology.

The Ops21 Innovation Strategy Project Application is now open for submittals! See “Apply for the Innovation Strategy Project” button below.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only two NYC Manufacturers will be selected for this opportunity.

For eligibility criteria, see below.

Reach out today to futureworks@itac.nyc to learn more.

Ops21 Innovation Strategy Project Eligibility Criteria

In addition to being a NYC manufacturer, your company needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Ops21 Innovation Strategy Project opportunity:

  • You must have the support of your company’s leadership and the commitment of the resources necessary to execute this project (people, access, and funds, as needed)

  • Your company must be revenue-producing. This opportunity is for an established NYC manufacturer, not for startups.

  • Your company must be established and have operated in NYC for over 5 years. Those operating in NYC for less than 5 years may be approved for consideration on an exception basis.

  • The Innovation Strategy Project must be focused on/for the benefit of your NYC operations.

  • Project cost: If selected, your company must be willing and have the funds to pay for 30% ($11,250) of the project cost. The New York City Economic Development Corporation will cover 70% ($26,250) of the project cost via the Ops21 program. Total project value: $37,500.

    This opportunity is a technology strategy project and does not include the implementation of the recommended technology. The manufacturer portion of the cost pays for 30% of the expert technology consultation cost.

If you have any questions on the criteria above, we recommend that you email the Ops21 team at futureworks@itac.nyc to set up a time to discuss them, before proceeding further with your application.

OPS21 MANUFACTURER IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS (OPS21 GRANT)

ITAC’s team of Technology Experts is available to help you scope and implement projects in the areas of Digital Manufacturing, New or Advanced Materials and Robotics.

NYC manufacturers interested in implementing such projects are also eligible to apply for Ops21 Advanced Technology Implementation grants in order to lessen the cost of technology implementation.

The Ops21 Grant Application is now open for submittals! See “apply for project implementation grant” button below.

The first round of applications will be reviewed by our Ops21 Selection Committee in mid to late January 2019; we will then continue our review process monthly, on a rolling basis.

For eligibility criteria, see below.

To save time on your application, we recommend that you review and complete the offline Ops21 Grant Application worksheet first, click here to download.  This will enable you to gather the information you need prior to completing the application online.

Reach out today to futureworks@itac.nyc to learn more.


Ops21 Grant Eligibility Criteria

In addition to being a NYC manufacturer, your company or project needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for an Ops21 Grant:

  • The implementation project needs to fall under one of the following advanced manufacturing technology areas:

    • Advanced Materials, Digital Manufacturing, Robotics

  • We will also consider Additive Manufacturing/3D printing-related projects, but such projects will be funded on an exception basis only, as the Ops21 program did not focus on this topic area. Please reach out to the Ops21 team to discuss prior to applying at futureworks@itac.nyc.

  • Your project must have the support of your company’s leadership and the commitment of the resources necessary to execute the project (people, access, and funds, as needed)

  • Your company must be willing to define project deliverables, report project impacts (immediate impacts, as well as impacts 1-5 years following completion), and be willing to complete a case study (without sharing any IP), success story, and provide photos and quotes.

  • Your company must be revenue-producing. This program is for established manufacturers, and is not intended to support startups.

  • Your company must be established in and have operated in NYC for over 5 years. Those operating for less than 5 years may be approved on an exception basis.

  • The project must benefit your NYC operations.

  • If selected, your company must be willing and have the funds to pay for the balance of the project cost that is not covered by the Ops21 Grant. In addition, your company must be motivated to find the financial resources to complete the project (either through internal or external funds), even if not selected to receive Ops21 funds.

Note: if your company is a NYC industrial company providing services to manufacturers within NYC's five boroughs, you may be eligible to apply. Reach out the Ops21 team at  futureworks@itac.nyc to confirm if this exception is applicable to your business.

As a note, companies who are selected as finalists for Ops21 Project Implementation Grants, may be asked to submit financial documents to determine eligibility, and may be asked to attend an interview.

If you have any questions on the criteria above, we recommend that you email the Ops21 team at futureworks@itac.nyc to set up a time to discuss, before submitting your company’s application.

OPS21 TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP PROJECT

ITAC is proud to have partnered with EWI, a leading engineering and technology organization dedicated to developing, testing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

The Ops21 Technology Roadmap project brings specialized engineers and industry experts to your shop floor to recommend ways to introduce innovative technologies to your business. EWI will lead the Ops21 Technology Roadmap project and they will focus on your operational pain points, your plans for the future and how technology can be deployed to help you be more competitive. 

As a result, your company will receive a technology strategy customized for your business that will enable you to successfully navigate technology adoption and deployment, prioritize investments that are most impactful to your business, and give your company a springboard for future success. 

The Ops21 Technology Roadmap application is now closed.

Thank you to all companies who submitted applications!


Ops21 Technology Roadmap Eligibility Criteria

In addition to being a NYC manufacturer, your company needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Ops21 Technology Roadmap Assessment opportunity:

  • You must have the support of your company’s leadership and the commitment of the resources necessary to execute this project (people, access, and funds, as needed)

  • Your company must be revenue-producing. This opportunity is for an established NYC manufacturer, not for startups.

  • Your company must be established and have operated in NYC for over 5 years. Those operating in NYC for less than 5 years may be approved for consideration on an exception basis.

  • The technology roadmap must be focused on/for the benefit of your NYC operations.

  • If selected, your company must be willing and have the funds to pay for the balance of the project cost that is not covered by the Ops21 Program.  The total cost of this project is $75,000; the company will be expected to contribute at least 50% ($37,500) of the total project cost.

If you have any questions on the criteria above, we recommend that you email the Ops21 team at futureworks@itac.nyc to set up a time to discuss them, before proceeding further with your application.