2022 NPAs Boston Startups to Watch & more

February 9, 2022

2022 NPAs Boston Startups to Watch & more
Hi all!
Cleantech investment exploded in 2021 — the first half of the year alone saw over $60 billion flow to climate-tech startups. That momentum could continue this year. It’s estimated that 14% of VC dollars will go to climate techs.
We love the Winter Olympics at NPA!
Watching these incredible athletes from around the globe compete is stunning and heartbreaking at the same time.

Did you know China has the most extensive snow-making operations in the history of the Winter Games? All competitions will take place almost entirely on artificial snow for the first time.
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The State of Manufacturing

The new year has not been too good in the manufacturing sector.

The PMI Index continues to decrease and finished at 57.6%.

In January, 17 of 18 industries reported a sharp increase in prices.

Orderbooks also saw a dip in many sectors.
EPE Components, a reliable component brokerage company, contributed these very helpful insights about the ongoing chip shortage situation:

The late December flood in Malaysia continues to impact the global electronics supply chains.

NDK, a quartz crystal producer, suspended production at two of its Malaysian plants in late December and announced that it expects to resume production again in April 2022.

Panasonic’s factory has meanwhile resumed normal operations but expects some continued delays as material suppliers are still in recovery mode.

Renesas, Nexperia, On Semi, Taiyo Yuden and, Nichicon all report that operations are back to normal, though some delays will remain.

General electronics lead times remain very long. Some OEMs keep extending their lead times, with several having their bookings filled for 2022 and partly through 2023.
Boston-area startups raised $1.2B in January: biotech startups (as usual) led the way with $547M, followed by Cleantech & Greentech startups, which raised $271M:

  • Factorial Energy raised $200 million to help commercialize solid-state EV batteries.
  • Seurat Technologies raised $21 million to help decarbonize manufacturing and address supply chain issues with its Area Printing Technology.

This Super Bowl ad from Boston Dynamics is awesome. We love the robots! #thisissecurity

Huge Congrats to FORGE who was one of the Winners of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)'s 2022 Channel Partner Strategic Awards. The full list of winners can be found here.
Cleantech Open is looking for the most promising startups in the cleantech industry for their 2022 CTO accelerator program. Applications are open from now until April 17th and can be done here.
NPA mentors with CTONE, apply, and we might just have a great time!
Yo, Robotics Startups, we know of a stellar hardworking Senior WPI Robotics Engineering student looking for an Internship. Contact him directly or hit me up for a reference.
We finalized our research, reviewed all the data, called in references, and bribed some mobsters to get the inside scoop so we can finally give you the most anticipated list of 2022: the NPA Hardware Startups to Watch!
Our monthly survey
In our January survey, we asked what had your company done to minimize the supply chain disruptions? The result showed that exploring more domestic U.S. sourcing or production and postponing product lines were the most voted options.
With the Crypto Phenom and all the Crypto-related products gaining momentum and mainstream popularity, we'd like to ask:
Do you engage with Cryptocurrency or invest in it? Why?
Yes, it’s the financial way of the future.
Yes, I don’t want to miss out.
Yes, to be part of this cultural moment.
No, and I won’t invest.
No, but I’ll invest soon.

The question was finally answered: NFT is pronounced “neft”. LanguageIsFungible (Source: The Verge)

Tesla released its own in-car karaoke microphone in China, the TeslaMic. ARealCarpoolKaraoke (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Who will dominate Super Bowl LVI? Crypto ads. Over 5 crypto companies will be featured during Super Bowl 2022 commercials. CryptoBowl (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
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