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Tech start-ups welcome in Haverhill

More than 50 businesses attended the city’s first conference on open innovation in March, where new products such as a Walking Charger (right) were demonstrated.
More than 50 businesses attended the city’s first conference on open innovation in March, where new products such as a Walking Charger (right) were demonstrated. Photos by Jim Davis/ Globe Staff

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About 60 years ago, the world’s first commercial product that included a transistor was built by Western Electric in downtown Haverhill. Today, Bounce Imaging, which Popular Science cited as having one of the best inventions of 2013, is relying on a company in the city’s Ward Hill neighborhood to test a high-tech orb that signals danger before first responders make their move.

Lightspeed Manufacturing, a printed circuit developer with an international customer base, is working with Bounce Imaging to create a working prototype of the device.

The partnership began last fall, when Bounce entered a hardware start-up competition sponsored by Lightspeed. Bounce was recently named the grand prize winner of the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge, a competition modeled after MassChallenge, an annual $1 million global competition that matches start-ups with mentors to help develop their products.

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