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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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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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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 Innovators Wanted For New COVID ‘Connect Tech’ Challenge

WESTBOROUGH —The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever have announced the Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, the fourth in a series of innovation accelerator programs to identify and grow innovative solutions to challenges presented by COVID-19.

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Shrewsbury’s Industrial Polymers and Chemicals Wins Mass. COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge


WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, October 30th, a panel of expert judges declared Industrial Polymers and Chemicals of Shrewsbury the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Health & Safety Challenge, a competition focused on developing innovations that will help Massachusetts slow the spread of COVID-19. The Challenge featured pitches from executives at eight established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge. Watch the official announcement of the award on YouTube.

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Experience the Ever-Expanding Future of Robotics in New Event Hosted by MassRobotics and the MassTech Collaborative

BOSTON, Mass., October 27, 2020 – The $100+ billion-dollar global robotics sector is growing by leaps and bounds. Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of large factories. A new generation of robotics systems are bringing value to industries such as agriculture, healthcare and warehousing, and becoming more prevalent in the home. On November 5th, MassRobotics and the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) will bring together a world-class team of robotics researchers and industry veterans from Massachusetts to discuss these ongoing initiatives and their impact on the commercial robotics sector.

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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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