stanleyHARTFORD: Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Techstars are taking applications period for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator.

Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars a manager of startup accelerators created a three-year partnership and the launch of the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford. The “mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will select 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in its first year.

The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which includes technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The materials range from plastics and metals to concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication

Applications will be open until April 8, 2018, and the program will run in the third quarter of 2018. Similar programs will be run in 2019 and 2020, with 30 potential startups completing the process.

reuterClaudia Reuter was recented appointed Managing Director of the Accelerator. Reuter was co-founder of SchoolChapters in West Hartford, an online educational resources company that was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the MIT Sloan School Executive Program.

Startups will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker's new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence – Manufactory 4.0 in Hartford and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses and bring new technologies to market.

Visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/additive-manufacturing-program/ to apply. More information about the application process can be found here: http://apptoolkit.techstars.com.