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NextFlex is a public-private consortium of companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and governments with a mission to advance US manufacturing of flexible-hybrid electronics. A key tenant of NextFlex is encouraging investment in the manufacturing ecosystem for this exciting technology, in return for receiving intellectual property, new product ideas, and partnering opportunities.

Benefits of Joining NextFlex

Institute Projects — Members participate in Institute-funded projects to advance flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing via a project call process; these projects will be carried out both at member facilities and at the Institute Hub in San Jose, California.

Technical Activities — Members assign their employees to working groups that create and maintain the NextFlex technology roadmap, conduct project calls, and monitor projects; all members have access to the roadmap.

Education/Workforce Development  Members participate  in workforce development projects that provide skills development targeted at industry demand identified by research, and participate in curriculum development.

Intellectual Property (IP) Access  Members operate under a friendly IP policy designed to reward invention and speed commercialization.

Hub Facility and Nodes  NextFlex’s flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing demonstration center – the Institute Hub – is in San Jose, California and available on a priority basis to members. Partner nodes – providing unique access to tools, materials and subject matter experts – are available throughout the US.

Institute Governance — All members get a voting seat on the Technical Council. Tier 1 Corporate members get a voting seat on the Governing Council; Tier 2/3 Corporate and Tier 1/2 Academic/Non-Profit members share representation on the Governing Council.

Networking, Information Sharing, Resources  NextFlex creates opportunities for members to share their capabilities and identify potential partners, exchange information, and gain access to industry information and events at a discount.

Observer Status — NextFlex invites small, start-up companies to become Observers, providing  visibility into Institute activities and potential participation in Education/Workforce Development/Training programs.

Membership Levels

Corporate

Academic / Non-Profit

Federal Government

Corporate

Corporate
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Observer1
Benefits Technical Working Groups Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation By Invitation
Online Member Portal Full Access Full Access Full Access Limited
Networking Full Access Full Access Full Access Limited
Project Funding Eligible Eligible Eligible Ineligible
Education/Workforce Development Program Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Limited
Member Discounts Eligible Eligible Eligible Limited
Obligation Annual Membership Fee $150,000 $50,000 $10,000 $2,500
Cost Share Commitment2 $250,000 $50,000 Project-Based Only None
Governance Governing Council Seats 1 Vote Each 3 Votes for Tier3 1 Vote for Tier3 None
Technical Council Seats5 1 Vote Each 1 Vote Each Non-voting None
IP Access Commercial License Available Available Available Not Available
Evaluation License Included Included Included Not Available

(1) Reserved for start-ups: <$5M gross annual revenue, <20 employees and unaffiliated with non-qualifying entity; 3 years maximum
(2) Includes cash, or in-kind contributions for projects or in support of the institute
(3) 1 Vote for every 3 members of the tier; up to 3 votes
(4) Voting when 15 tier members is reached
(5) Participants each have a primary Technical Council representative, plus other representatives to be involved in sub-committees or working groups
(6) Government IP rights as detailed in IP Plan

Academic / Non-Profit

Academic/Non-Profit
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Benefits Technical Working Groups Full Participation Full Participation By Invitation
Online Member Portal Full Access Full Access Limited
Networking Full Access Full Access Limited
Project Funding Eligible Eligible Eligible
Education/Workforce Development Program Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation
Member Discounts Eligible Eligible Limited
Obligation Annual Membership Fee $15,000 $7,500 $2,500
Cost Share Commitment2 $600,000 $300,000 Project-Based Only
Governance Governing Council Seats 3 Votes for Tier3 1 Vote for Tier4 None
Technical Council Seats5 1 Vote Each 1 Vote Each None
IP Access Commercial License Available Available Not Available
Evaluation License Included Included Not Available

(1) Reserved for start-ups: <$5M gross annual revenue, <20 employees and unaffiliated with non-qualifying entity; 3 years maximum
(2) Includes cash, or in-kind contributions for projects or in support of the institute
(3) 1 Vote for every 3 members of the tier; up to 3 votes
(4) Voting when 15 tier members is reached
(5) Participants each have a primary Technical Council representative, plus other representatives to be involved in sub-committees or working groups
(6) Government IP rights as detailed in IP Plan

Federal Government

Federal Government
Benefits Technical Working Groups Full Participation
Online Member Portal Full Access
Networking Full Access
Project Funding Ineligible
Education/Workforce Development Program Full Participation
Member Discounts Eligible
Obligation Annual Membership Fee N/A
Cost Share Commitment2 Not Required
Governance Governing Council Seats Up to 25%
Technical Council Seats5 Up to 25%
IP Access Commercial License N/A6
Evaluation License Included6

(1) Reserved for start-ups: <$5M gross annual revenue, <20 employees and unaffiliated with non-qualifying entity; 3 years maximum
(2) Includes cash, or in-kind contributions for projects or in support of the institute
(3) 1 Vote for every 3 members of the tier; up to 3 votes
(4) Voting when 15 tier members is reached
(5) Participants each have a primary Technical Council representative, plus other representatives to be involved in sub-committees or working groups
(6) Government IP rights as detailed in IP Plan

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