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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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Massachusetts Wins $3.2M DoD Grant to Develop National Model for Manufacturing Technician Training

BOSTON – During a meeting of the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) on Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a new $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program (DoD ManTech) to develop a manufacturing technician training program that will serve as a national model. During the meeting, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, a co-chair of the AMC, announced the award, known as “MassBridge,” which will develop and test a state-based training and career pathway model for manufacturing technicians that meets the talent needs of the national Manufacturing USA Institutes and their members.

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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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