Past Meetup

Manufacturing 101: Making Your Product. For Real

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The Grommet

87 Elmwood St. · Somerville, MA

How to find us

Take the Red Line to Davis Square. Head down the bicycle path towards Mass Ave. and look for the hole in the chain link fence. Head through there and look for the signs!

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Join us for a discussion on Manufacturing 101.

Topic Overview

You’re ready to start manufacturing your product! You’ve built prototypes and are ready to commercialize it, now what?

• What are the resources you need to go into production?

• What does your supply chain look like?

• How do you find the right factories?


Join us for a panel discussion with Susan Liang, Founder of Asulia Foods, Shannon Whitehead, Founder of Factory45 and Mike Langone, Founder of HopBox.

Asulia Foods ( make all natural, handcrafted fusion plant-based foods packed with nutrient-dense veggies, superfoods and flavor. They believe in the transformative power of nutrition and education.

Factory 45 ( is a new accelerator program that gives independent makers the resources to start sustainable businesses in the USA. Shannon co-founded {r}evolution apparel, a sustainable clothing company that was the highest-funded fashion project in Kickstarter history at that time.

HopBox ( make homebrewing kits that are designed to help you brew in style. Every aspect of brewing is provided for, from quality glassware to the durable, highly-portable handcrafted wooden base. They are currently crushing it in their Kickstarter campaign (!

Questions to Consider

• How do you take your final prototype through to manufacturing?

• What are all of the components involved in the manufacturing process?

• Where are you going to source your products?

• How do you approach suppliers and factories?

• What do you need to look for and consider in your suppliers and factories?


6:30-7: Mingle

7-8: Discussion and Q&A

8-9: Mingle

Thank you to our Sponsor!

The Grommet is gracious enough to host the event and to provide yummy, alcoholic beverages! Please send your thanks by tweeting them @TheGrommet.

What is The Grommet?

The Grommet is a product launch platform and e-commerce site that tells the deeper story behind the products and brands they sell. They find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed.

And remember, beer and wine will be served!