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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $80,000 Grant to Worcester Roots to Boost Co-Op Development, Job Growth

WORCESTER – Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced an $80,000 grant to the organization Worcester Roots yesterday, an award that will support the development of cooperative businesses and non-profits in the region. The grant was awarded as part of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s (MassTech) Entrepreneurship Mentoring Grant program, an effort that aims to develop strong mentorship ecosystems across the Commonwealth.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Boost Entrepreneurship in the Pioneer Valley

Springfield, MA - Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced $160,000 in grants to support entrepreneur mentoring programs at two organizations in the Pioneer Valley, Springfield’s Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) and SPARK in Holyoke. These grants were made under the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s (MassTech) Entrepreneurship & Mentoring Program, which aims to develop strong mentorship ecosystems in regions across the Commonwealth. 

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State Grants Aim to Boost Berkshire County Startups

North Adams, Mass. — During an event today at Greylock WORKS, Berkshire County startup incubator Lever, Inc. announced that it secured $450,000 in new funding and launched two new challenge programs which aim to boost entrepreneurs and innovative startups in the region. The new programs will award a total of $150,000 in seed grants for manufacturing and health startups in the Berkshire region over the next three years, awarding six $25,000 grants to startups that participate in Lever’s new Challenge programs.

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New WHOI Test Facility Aims to Boost Mass. Marine Robotics Sector

WOODS HOLE, MASS. - July 19, 2018 - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Center for Marine Robotics kicked off its 4th Annual Entrepreneur Showcase and Leadership Forum today with the official opening of a new pressure test facility that will help researchers and companies better develop innovative marine technologies. The new facility will allow WHOI to replicate the pressure of the deep ocean in an onshore facility which will more than triple the project capacity of its existing manually-operated system, allow for unattended 24/7 operations, and expand the ability of researchers and private firms to test their marine robotics and sensor systems.

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Governor Baker Announces $7 Million in New Advanced Manufacturing Awards and Celebrates Opening of UMass Lowell’s Fabric Discovery Center

LOWELL, MA - July 12, 2018 — Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined leaders from UMass Lowell, national manufacturing institutes and the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing community to officially open the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell, a unique research and development facility. The center will drive innovation in textile research and provide a foundation for collaboration between university research, students, and companies from across the Commonwealth. 

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21st Edition of the “Index of the Mass. Innovation Economy” Released

BOSTON – The 21st edition of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy research report tackles the subject of technologic convergence this year, in addition to tracking the Commonwealth’s performance in 22 key indicators. This year’s edition of the Index includes a backgrounder on technologic convergence, which is the “increasing level of interaction and overlap between different technology areas and industry sectors,” and includes contributed commentaries from three Massachusetts leaders who focus on how convergence is shaping business, higher education, and K-12 learning. 

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U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Safeguards Operation of MassBroadband 123 Network

Last year, the Network Operator of the MassBroadband 123 network, KCST, Inc., formerly Axia NGNetworks, USA, Inc. (“Axia”), commenced a chapter 11 bankruptcy case with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts. In a recent parallel court proceeding, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a decision made by a lower court that AxiaNetMedia must continue its obligations under the Guaranty Agreement it signed with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative back in 2011. This was a positive decision for the Commonwealth-owned MassBroadband 123, as it is another in a string of legal victories which supports MassTech's contract as the owner of the network and ensures continued delivery of services to the many public institutions and private companies that take service from it.

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The WBJ 2018 Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 the Worcester Business Journal presented the third annual 2018 Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards.  The event included panel discussions, networking with industry leaders, and a celebration for the 2018 Central Mass “Manufacturing Excellence Award” honorees.

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AFFOA & MIT Launch Advanced Fabrics Entrepreneurship Program

Cambridge-based AFFOA has partnered with MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) to foster a new program that "aims to prepare the next generation of smart-fabrics entrepreneurs," housed at facility supported by the Commonwealth's M2I2 Advanced Manufacturing grant program. 

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New Mass. Grant Program Aims to Boost Entrepreneur Mentoring Statewide

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has launched a new grant program designed to fund and grow entrepreneur mentoring across the Commonwealth. The program will grow regional start-up ecosystems and communities of innovation by connecting startup entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners to mentoring and networking opportunities.

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New Grant Program Launched to Drive Innovation in the Commonwealth’s Maritime Economy

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, in partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council (SEC), has opened applications for the “Grand Challenge,” a new program aimed at supporting projects which catalyze the development of innovative technologies in support of the marine economy in Massachusetts. The Grand Challenge will support projects that apply technology and business solutions to the marine economy to reach the economic development potential of our ocean and coastal resources.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $400,000 Grant to Boost Research into Flexible-Hybrid Electronics

Billerica, MA, February 1, 2018 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $400,000 grant to UMass Lowell and SI2 Technologies (SI2) to support a research and development partnership to pursue the commercialization of innovative flexible-hybrid electronics technology.

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