Melbourne, Fla. (June 1, 2023) - Groundswell Startups, the premier high-tech incubator on Florida’s Space Coast, announced its expansion on May 18, 2023 at the Grand Opening of its Prototype Lab. Groundswell will partner with Catania Product Development, a product-design and engineering firm out of Melbourne, Florida, to operate the lab which sits adjacent to Groundswell’s current location on Irwin Street in Melbourne.
The mission of the Prototype Lab is to break down barriers to bringing new technologies to market by helping founders access the expertise and equipment they need to quickly prototype, iterate, and scale. The Prototype Lab includes printing capabilities, circuit board assembly and testing tools, and design services, bringing a new set of technologies and resources to innovators and entrepreneurs in the fast-growing region of Florida’s Space Coast. With this addition, Groundswell Startups provides founders everything they need to launch in one location.
“At Groundswell, we bring ideas to life,” said CEO of Groundswell Startups Jarin Eisenberg. “The Prototype Lab is about fueling the next generation of technologies from Irwin Street and equipping local industries with the expertise they need to use additive manufacturing to enable more production in the United States.”
The Prototype Lab has already proven to increase capabilities for entrepreneurs throughout the Space Coast. Since starting operations in April, Catania’s expansion at the Prototype Lab has facilitated a proof of concept for its client SwiftPaws in a matter of days, saving critical time and resources to provide a quicker time to market. Before the Prototype Lab, this process would typically have taken several weeks.
Raymond Catania, CTO of Catania Product Development spoke at the Prototype Lab Grand Opening to mark this groundbreaking new facility and described how this lab will bring a new set of advancements for the local community:
“This lab will be a gamechanger for innovation on the Space Coast, providing avenues to make amazing products faster, and more affordable. We are proud to be able to give back to a community which has given us so much and look forward to the amazing products and ideas we will contribute to through the Prototype Lab.”
To learn more about Catania Enterprises, visit www.CataniaEnterprises.com. To learn more about the Prototype Lab and see a full list of its capabilities and technologies, visit www.swellstartups.com/prototyping-lab/
About Groundswell Startups
Groundswell Startups is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, high-tech incubator and coworking space dedicated to helping founders and startups succeed on Florida’s Space Coast. For more information on our community of creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and how we can help visit www.swellstartups.com
About Catania Product Development
Catania Product Development is a Brevard-based startup that focuses on artistic designs that elevate the user’s experience. Their team is passionate about their projects, resulting in designs that the end-user will love and delivering engineering services in the most efficient and productive ways. To learn more about Catania Product Development, visit www.CataniaEnterprises.com