Jean Billant is Senior Business Advisor at Advance London, delivering circular economy focused business support and advice to SMEs within London to help them scale-up existing circular economy operations or transition to more circular business operating models.
Prior to this, he has been advising SMEs and manufacturing enterprises to design market-ready solutions around waste to energy, decentralized energy production and bio-based materials.
His sound knowledge on technical related issues combined with business and financial skills such as access to finance, business modeling, market mapping and analysis give him a unique perspective on the development of innovative and low carbon business solutions.
Jean studied Business and Sustainable Development in Kedge Business School and specialized in circular economy and sustainable development. He lived and worked for development projects in South America, South East Asia and Africa.
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80 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the first 20 percent of the product design process. Design has the key to take cost and waste out of manufacturing.
Design for Manufacturing Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem.
Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:
New York Investment Fund
McLaren Engineering Group
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Parsons School of Design
New York Life
Hutzler Home Products
Panoptic Online Marketing
Gordon Randall Perry Design
Francis Bitonti Studio
Terrapin Bright Green
Dynamo Development Lab
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.
There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.
We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.
We will never share your contact details with third parties, not even with sponsors.