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In the News: MassDigi Goes to WPI & New State Award for Digital Games Intern Training Program

On Monday, April 26, 2021, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined leaders from the Mass. Digital Games Institute (MassDigi) for their 10th anniversary celebration at their current home, Becker College in Worcester. The event highlighted the impact MassDigi has had on the digital games sector in Massachusetts, as a hub for training students and as a launch pad for new game startups. The event also featured two announcements, including the move of MassDigi to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a move necessitated by Becker’s closure later this year. Lt. Governor Polito also announced a new two-year award from MassTech to MassDigi which will fund a new digital games training program. 

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Keva Health of Lexington Wins COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge

WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, April 9th, 2021, a panel of expert judges declared Keva Health of Lexington the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, a competition focused on entrepreneurs and startups working on innovative solutions to enhance resiliency and guard against potential future disruptions in industries like ecommerce, manufacturing, digital health, FinTech, and EdTech.

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New Commonwealth Grant Aims to Give Massachusetts Businesses an AI ‘Jumpstart’

The Innovation Institute at MassTech has awarded Northeastern University a $2.2 million grant for the AI Jumpstart Program, an innovative pilot program to assist Massachusetts firms interested in deploying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance their businesses. This novel program will fund new computing infrastructure at Northeastern and connect industry partners with world-class facilities and researchers across several AI disciplines.

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Applications Open for MassTech Intern Partnership Program

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is now accepting applications for the 2021 MassTech Intern Partnership, a program that reimburses qualified companies for hiring Massachusetts students as interns. Now in its ninth year, the Intern Partnership program offers $3,200 stipends to eligible Massachusetts tech companies for the purpose of hiring summer interns.

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Spring Cybersecurity Mentorship Program Participants Selected

The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative has selected the participants for the spring cohort of its Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, an effort that aims to increase diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts. A total of 25 undergraduate students from 14 different schools from across the Commonwealth have been paired with 22 mentors from 14 different organizations.

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Baker-Polito Administration Launches BlueTech Tech and Innovation Grant Program

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Seaport Economic Council’s BlueTech Tech and Innovation Grant program, established to identify new business and technology approaches that address the needs of the Commonwealth’s coastal communities.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $429,000 for New Space Test Facility in the Berkshires

PITTSFIELD - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $429,000 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of new specialized equipment for testing the reliability and compatibility of spacecraft components by Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc. (EMA). Located at the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), EMA will have the only facility in the world capable of both performing testing on materials in a replicated space environment, and the only facility in the world able to design and manufacture the systems capable of producing the energy sources that can replicate the space environment here on earth.

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Finalists Selected for Connect Tech Innovation Challenge

Six companies from across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for the Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, the fourth in a series of pitch competitions organized by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and Lever, Inc. to identify and grow innovations inspired by challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

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Massachusetts eHealth Institute Awards ‘Right Care 4 You’ Grants to Reduce Healthcare Costs

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative recently announced awards for the new Right Care 4 You grant program totaling $189,360 for two digital health companies to support pilot projects with Massachusetts employers to help reduce their healthcare costs. 

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Applications Open for Spring Cybersecurity Mentorship Program

WESTBOROUGH – The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative has launched the spring edition of its Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, an effort that aims to increase diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts. Launched as a pilot last September, the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program pairs diverse college students from across the Commonwealth with mentors from the state’s cybersecurity sector.

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