In the News: "Advancing manufacturing: New state initiatives discussed at BCC"
PITTSFIELD — A state-funded, cutting edge manufacturing program is making its way across the state and is targeting the Berkshires for growth.
Two directors of advanced manufacturing programs at the MassTech Innovation Institute provided an overview of the agency's Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, also known as M2I2, on Tuesday at Berkshire Community College.
The innovation initiative is a capital grants program that provides capital cost shares for projects and discovery centers throughout the state, and is aligned with the federal government's Manufacturing USA program. M2I2 is overseen by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Executive Officer of Housing and Economic Development.Read More
In the News: "New initiative aims to diversify tech talent"
The Innovation Institute, an economic development agency housed within the larger quasi-governmental organization the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, has just launched an initiative aimed at increasing diversity in local tech industries.
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Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Launches New Drive to Diversify Tech
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has launched a new effort aimed at increasing the diversity of candidates that get hired for internships, apprenticeships, and entry level jobs in the Commonwealth’s technology sector. The program aims to provide grants to civic organizations, businesses, or non-profits for new or existing projects that increase the number of workers from under represented populations who are offered internships or entry-level employment opportunities at tech firms across Massachusetts.Read More
New ‘Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy’ Focuses on the Future of Work
WESTBOROUGH – A newly released report card from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ lead tech-focused economic development agency shows that the state’s innovation economy continues to lead key competitors, but job growth in tech-focused sectors has slowed. The research report also tackles issues focused on “The Future of Work” incorporating commentaries from four executives from Continuing Education, Higher Education, Business, and Youth Education on ways the Commonwealth can better prepare students and workers for 21st Century jobs.Read More
In the News: MassTech's Mentorship Grantees Making Headlines Statewide
In the second half of 2018, the Innovation Institute at MassTech managed the successful launch of several Entrepreneur Mentoring grants awarded under a procurement started early last year. Several of these grantees have been highlighted in media outlets across the state, putting a spotlight on the exciting work they’re doing to grow small businesses and to develop innovative startups.Read More
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New $100,000 Grant to Catalyze Entrepreneurship on Cape Cod
YARMOUTH – October 22, 2018 – Today, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced a $100,000 grant to a new partnership formed by Cape Cod Young Professionals, a Barnstable-based non-profit, and the Cape Cod branch of Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) to foster entrepreneurship on Cape Cod. EforAll is a non-profit which has had enormous success in driving inclusive entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities across Massachusetts. Over the next year, the grant will fund the launch of a new accelerator for the Cape region, a multi-week program designed to nurture the development of new businesses, and pitch events aimed at providing seed funding to founders with ideas for new businesses or social impact organizations.Read More
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $450,000 in Grants to Bring the ‘Internet of Things’ to State’s Blue Economy
SCITUATE – The Baker-Polito Administration announced the winners of the inaugural Seaport Economic Council Grand Challenge, awarding over $450,000 in grants to three organizations that will deploy Internet of Things, or ‘IoT’, technologies to boost economic development in the state’s marine economy.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More