The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is a business accelerator program to identify and grow Massachusetts companies developing innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Innovation Challenge is a series of six-week accelerator programs managed by Lever, Inc. and sponsored by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
The ConnectTech Innovation Challenge is the first in the series open to entrepreneurs. The previous three challenges, referred to as the Intrapreneur Challenges, were geared toward activating and connecting existing companies as they pivoted operations to meet the early demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are now accepting applications to accelerate the entrepreneurial endeavors inspired by the pandemic that have potential spark economic recovery through connective technologies that strengthen resiliency in the flow of goods, services, and information.
Challenge 4: Connect Tech Innovations
The Intrapreneur Challenge complimented services provided by the State's Manufacturing-Emergency Response Team (M-ERT), led by the MassTech Collaborative in partnership with MassMEP and mobilized more companies to pivot operations towards products and services necessary to ensure health and safety during the pandemic.
The three Intrapreneur Challenges sparked the type of leadership, innovation, and creativity typically associated with nimble startups that allowed established firms the agility to "innovate from within".