Vindor Music secures City of Somerville grant

Somerville startup becomes part of the first round of Engineers-in-Residence program backed by the City of Somerville, Greentown Labs, and the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

BOSTON, MA -- September 8, 2017 -- Vindor Music, a developer of affordable electronic instruments, has secured support and funding from City of Somerville’s Engineers-in-Residence program to support the commercialization of its first instrument, the Vindor ES1 electronic saxophone. Vindor Music is part of the first round of this Engineers-in-Residence program backed by the City of Somerville, Greentown Labs, and the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium with support from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

The Vindor ES1 is an easy-to-play electronic instrument developed by a team in Somerville. Held and played like a saxophone, the Vindor ES1 is lightweight, durable and designed so that children over six years old, high schoolers and adults can easily and affordably learn to play the saxophone, clarinet or flute.  Vindor Music will use the new funds for production and design improvements on final-stage prototyping as the company prepares to launch the Vindor ES1 on Kickstarter in October 2017.

 “Our mission is to make playing music accessible and easy for beginners and the ES1 is our first stride to our goal,” said Fen Trias, CEO of Vindor Music. “This grant will help us prior to our funding launch in October. We want to thank all parties who make this possible and make Massachusetts such a great location for startups, change-makers and innovators. Access to programs such as this to help companies such as ours address manufacturing challenges and to make our visions reality.”  

Ben Sommer, Economic Development Specialist at City of Somerville said: "The City of Somerville’s Engineers-in-Residence program is excited to work with the Vindor Music team and assist them with connecting to local resources and funding to further advance their product’s design. The Engineers-in-Residence program, funded by Economic Development Administration, is a regional cluster initiative focused on advanced manufacturing and hardware startups in Northeast Massachusetts. Program partners Greentown Labs, the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, and the City of Somerville seek to grow the regional manufacturing supply chain as well as help early stage companies prototype and design for manufacture. Vindor, part of the first round of the Engineers-in-Residence program, is a perfect example of a homegrown Somerville company at the intersection of technology and art, a unique and creative combination the city prides itself on."