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In the News - Five Questions With: Carolyn Kirk

By: Susan Shalhoub 

A question and answer session with MassTech executive director, Carolyn Kirk, on the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team, or the MERT, which is an effort to respond to COVID-19 in terms of supporting manufacturers who want to pivot and produce items relevant to the pandemic.

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Finalists Selected for Second COVID-19 Response Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — Nine intrapreneurs from companies across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for Lever’s second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, which focuses on helping Massachusetts companies pivot operations to produce innovations that support the state’s reopening.

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Massachusetts Explores Opportunities Around Blockchain

BOSTON — The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, together with key thought leaders from the region, have launched a new training program on blockchain technology targeted at government innovators, demonstrating the Commonwealth’s commitment to supporting the blockchain revolution.

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Cape Cod’s Speakeasy Travel Supply Wins Inaugural ‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ In Support of COVID-19 Response

WESTBOROUGH - On Friday, July 24, 2020, a panel of expert judges declared Speakeasy Travel Supply of Cape Cod the winner of the first COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, a competition focused on companies pivoting operations to produce general-use face masks. The Challenge featured pitches from 11 established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge.

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Statement on the Passing of Mitchell Adams, Former MassTech Executive Director

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mitchell Adams, who served as MassTech executive director from 2001 to 2011.

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New Accelerator Aims to Boost ‘Made in Mass.’ Products that Support Re-opening

WESTBOROUGH, MA – The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever have announced the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge to identify and mentor innovative Massachusetts companies interested in developing a product or service to support Phase 2 of the state’s re-opening. The Intrapreneur Challenge is a five-part business accelerator program that aims to activate, connect, and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ Launches to Increase PPE Supply in Massachusetts

WESTBOROUGH, MA – Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a new project to boost the number of homegrown companies able to manufacture personal protective equipment or PPE, a critical need in the response to the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge will be managed by Lever, a North Adams-based business accelerator and innovation support organization that will activate, connect, and focus companies as they pivot production capabilities to produce the materials necessary to combat the pandemic. The new effort will be supported by a $250,000 grant from the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the organization managing the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MERT).

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Boost Production of Personal Protective Equipment, Critical Supplies in Massachusetts to Support COVID-19 Response

BOSTON - May 21, 2020 —Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $9.5 million in grants to boost production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical materials needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Reopening Massachusetts plan. The new awards were made through the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to 15 grantees, including Massachusetts manufacturers, that are producing needed items such as masks, gowns, ventilators, swabs, and testing materials, and the capacity to test them.

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MassTech & MassRobotics Launch ‘Robot Stories,’ a Student-Focused ‘STEMinar’ About Massachusetts Robotics

BOSTON - The Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative and MassRobotics will broadcast a four-session virtual ‘STEMinar’ that highlights Massachusetts as the leader in the robotics revolution. The new ‘Robot Stories’ series is targeted primarily at middle and high school students who get the opportunity to interact with several of the world’s leading roboticists about what the future of robotics looks like. The series will be broadcast on Wednesday afternoons starting tomorrow, May 20th, with additional episodes launched on May 27th, June 3rd, and June 10th. Beyond students, the series aims to inspire teachers, parents, and those interested in tech, innovation, and robotics.

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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Manufacturing Emergency Response Team To Support Supply Production

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a new initiative and over $10 million in funding to support manufacturers’ efforts to pivot production operations to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical devices, such as ventilators, sanitizers, and thermometers. To make this announcement, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today were joined by the Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kenneally, MassTech Collaborative CEO Carolyn Kirk and Brenna Schneider, CEO of 99Degrees, a Lawrence-based performance activewear manufacturing firm that has begun manufacturing gowns for health care workers.

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