27 May CASE STUDY: IYRS School of Technology and Trades
Flux Marine is a Rhode Island-based start-up working to revolutionize the marine industry by replacing boat engines with 100% electric outboard motors. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of its workspace, they no longer had a place to test, prototype, or build their motors. At the same time, IYRS School of Technology & Trades shut its doors to in-person education, leaving its facilities and resources unused.
Thanks to 401 Tech Bridge, the two organizations found a mutually beneficial solution to their problems. 401 Tech Bridge connected Flux Marine with IYRS, which provided the facility, equipment, and expertise needed to enable Flux Marine to complete its prototype. For IYRS, the collaboration with Flux Marine enhances its curriculum by enabling students to observe and engage in the real-world process of an early-stage company transforming an idea into a product and bringing it to market, and an opportunity to develop a model for post-secondary trade school and industry collaboration.