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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center

CHICOPEE — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $2,581,109 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of a new advanced manufacturing center at Convergent Photonics in Chicopee, which is partnering with Western New England University (WNE) on the new facility. Called a ‘Lab for Education and Application Prototyping, or LEAP, the lab will focus on product development, training, and research in the field of integrated photonics, and will be the fourth lab of its kind in the state.

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New Report Defines Opportunities to Advance Massachusetts FinTech Ecosystem

BOSTON, Mass., October 20, 2020 – New, comprehensive research analyzing Massachusetts’ FinTech ecosystem has determined that more than 350 companies from the sector are headquartered in the Commonwealth. The study conducted by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), "Now, Next and Beyond: Analysis of the FinTech Ecosystem in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," combines survey data, research and comparisons to other leading FinTech hubs around the world. In addition, the report outlines 16 recommendations to support the sustainability and growth of the FinTech and financial services industries in Massachusetts, as well as recommendations for ways to further position the ecosystem to achieve global leadership.

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Finalists Selected for Massachusetts COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. — Eight companies from across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for the COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge, the third in a series of innovation pitch competitions organized by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and Lever, Inc. to identify and grow innovations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million in New Manufacturing Emergency Response Team Grants

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $6.5 Million to 13 Massachusetts organizations to develop new products to assist in the response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MERT) will expand the Commonwealth’s work to drive in-state manufacturing of critical products, an effort which has produced more than 11 million pieces of personal protective equipment and other critical pieces as of September.

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Massachusetts Awarded ‘Future of Manufacturing’ Grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new ‘Future of Manufacturing’ grant of $499,955 awarded to a collaboration of Massachusetts organizations, which will help the region’s manufacturers pivot their operations to address emerging crises.

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Applications Open for Cybersecurity Mentorship Pilot Program

The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative has released applications for the new Cybersecurity Mentorship Pilot Program, an effort providing opportunities for diverse Massachusetts college students to learn about careers in cybersecurity and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry experts. The goal of the program is to promote increased diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts.

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CareAline Products Wins Second ‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ In Support of COVID-19 Response

WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, August 21, a panel of expert judges declared CareAline Products of Danvers the winner of the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, a competition focused on companies developing innovations that will help Massachusetts in its reopening processes. The Challenge featured pitches from nine established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge.

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Massachusetts Manufacturers Wanted: COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge

WESTBOROUGH — The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever, Inc., have announced the ‘COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge,’ the third in a series of innovation pitch competitions to identify and grow innovative solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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In the News - Five Questions With: Carolyn Kirk

By: Susan Shalhoub 

A question and answer session with MassTech executive director, Carolyn Kirk, on the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team, or the MERT, which is an effort to respond to COVID-19 in terms of supporting manufacturers who want to pivot and produce items relevant to the pandemic.

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Finalists Selected for Second COVID-19 Response Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — Nine intrapreneurs from companies across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for Lever’s second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, which focuses on helping Massachusetts companies pivot operations to produce innovations that support the state’s reopening.

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