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The Massachusetts COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge is a business accelerator program that will activate, connect and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Intrapreneur Challenge complements services provided by the state’s Manufacturing-Emergency Response Team (M-ERT), led by the MassTech Collaborative in partnership with MassMEP and will mobilize more companies to pivot operations towards products and services necessary to ensure health and safety during the pandemic and beyond.

The Challenge

The first Challenge track is focused on non-medical/general use face masks.

The second Challenge is focused on innovations to assist the state reopening plan

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge is sponsored by the MassTech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency that strengthens the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts.  Created in 2003, the Innovation Institute is the division of MassTech that advances its core mission by supporting priority industry clusters such as Big Data, Advanced Manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, and Robotics.  The Institute supports cluster growth through university investments and manages specialty funds including the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative and the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program.

Challenge 1

Now Closed

Protective Face Masks

Challenge Goal

Help Massachusetts manufacturers pivot their operations to produce non-medical face masks that can be sold to public and private buyers in Massachusetts, throughout the US, and internationally.

Accelerator Program Overview

Finalists will be accepted into a five-week virtual acceleration program in which they will be guided through Lever’s intrapreneur curriculum of lean business models, customer discovery, and prototype development. Finalists are matched with appropriate innovation centers, experts, and mentors to help them develop and deliver products that meet COVID related requirements and regulations. The program culminates with a virtual pitch event and a $25,000 prize awarded to the winner to kickstart the commercial scale of their face masks.

Challenge 2

Innovations to Reopening

Challenge Goal

Help Massachusetts companies pivot their operations to produce innovations that support the reopening processes.  We welcome any innovation that can support one or more of the following re-opening directives, as well as others found HERE >>

Download RFA

OPENING BUSINESSES

  • Retail stores – curbside pickup and indoor browsing
  • Restaurants – outdoor and indoor dining
  • Banks
  • Childcare
  • Construction
  • Hair salons
  • Office spaces
  • Funeral homes (limited capacity)
  • Beaches (with restrictions)
  • Movie Theaters
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Parks
  • Recreational day camps
  • Outdoor recreational facilities
  • Professional sports practice and training
  • Outdoor historical spaces
  • Hotels (with restrictions)
  • Close-contact personal spaces; i.e. nail salons, massages, tattoo parlors
  • Gyms

Examples of Potential Innovations

  1. Touchless payments
  2. Adhesive face masks that can be worn in hair salons
  3. Sanitization monitoring technology
  4. Social distance compliance technology
  5. Transparent/translucent face masks for hospitality smiles
  6. Dining safety
  7. Venue capacity monitoring technology

 

Accelerator Program Overview

Finalists will be accepted into a five-week virtual acceleration toward a new or expanded capacity to produce goods and services in support of the state’s re-opening. Priority will be given to companies that have potential to deliver solutions at scale in a short period of time.

During the challenge program, intrapreneurs will develop prototypes, business plans, market analysis and go-to-market strategies. On August 21, intrapreneurs will present their plans to a panel of experts. This panel will select one team to receive a $25,000 award to scale production of their innovation.

Although just one team will win the Challenge, all participating companies will benefit from the COVID Intrapreneur Challenge program. Participants will have access to manufacturing know-how, various domain experts, raw material providers, and prospective purchasers.

Eligibility

  1. Teams must be headquarted in Massachusetts
  2. Teams must have been operating for at least two years
  3. Teams must generate at least $250,000 in annual revenue

 

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Product/market fit
  2. Ability for team and company to execute
  3. Time to market
  4. Potential to support MA COVID response
  5. Market opportunity outside MA

 

Application – Deadline July 10th, 2020

Applications will be accepted through the MassTech Innovation Network, a virtual accelerator and mentor network powered by SaaS platform, StartupWind.  Information submitted on this site is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. ch. 66), and may be disclosed to the public, if requested, with limited exceptions.  Please do not include any confidential information on this site as we are unable to guarantee protection or non-disclosure of confidential information.

Click here to apply

Need more information?

Information submitted through this application is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. ch. 66), and may be disclosed to the public, if requested, with limited exceptions. Please do not include any confidential information on this site as we are unable to guarantee protection or non-disclosure of confidential information.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge is a business accelerator program that will activate, connect and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of this accelerator program will ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of established Massachusetts firms to design and produce non-medical / general use face masks.

The Challenge

The Intrapreneur Challenge compliments services provided by the state’s Manufacturing-Emergency Response Team (M-ERT), led by the MassTech Collaborative in partnership with MassMEP and will mobilize more companies to pivot operations towards products and services necessary to ensure health and safety during the pandemic and beyond.

The first Challenge track is focused on non-medical/general use face masks.

The second Challenge is focused on innovations to assist the state reopening plan

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge is sponsored by the MassTech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency that strengthens the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts.  Created in 2003, the Innovation Institute is the division of MassTech that advances its core mission by supporting priority industry clusters such as Big Data, Advanced Manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, and Robotics.  The Institute supports cluster growth through university investments and manages specialty funds including the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative and the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program.

Challenge 1

Now Closed

Protective Face Masks

Challenge Goal

Help Massachusetts manufacturers pivot their operations to produce non-medical face masks that can be sold to public and private buyers in Massachusetts, throughout the US, and internationally.

Accelerator Program Overview

Finalists will be accepted into a five-week virtual acceleration program in which they will be guided through Lever’s intrapreneur curriculum of lean business models, customer discovery, and prototype development. Finalists are matched with appropriate innovation centers, experts, and mentors to help them develop and deliver products that meet COVID related requirements and regulations. The program culminates with a virtual pitch event and a $25,000 prize awarded to the winner to kickstart the commercial scale of their face masks.

Challenge 2

Innovations to Support Reopening

Challenge Goal

Help Massachusetts companies pivot their operations to produce innovations that support phase 2 reopening processes.  We welcome any innovation that can support one or more of the following re-opening directives, as well as other directives found HERE >>

Download RFA

PHASE 2 – BUSINESSES

    • Retail stores – curbside pickup and indoor browsing
    • Restaurants – outdoor and indoor dining
    • Banks
    • Childcare
    • Construction
    • Hair salons
    • Office spaces
    • Funeral homes (limited capacity)
    • Beaches (with restrictions)
    • Golf courses and driving ranges
    • Parks
    • Recreational day camps
    • Outdoor recreational facilities
    • Professional sports practice and training
    • Outdoor historical spaces
    • Hotels (with restrictions)
    • Close-contact personal spaces; i.e. nail salons, massages, tattoo parlors

Examples of Potential Innovations

  1. Touchless payments
  2. Adhesive face masks that can be worn in hair salons
  3. Sanitization monitoring technology
  4. Social distance compliance technology
  5. Transparent/translucent face masks for hospitality smiles
  6. Dining safety
  7. Venue capacity monitoring technology

 

Accelerator Program Overview

Finalists will be accepted into a five-week virtual acceleration toward a new or expanded capacity to produce goods and services in support of the state’s re-opening. Priority will be given to companies that have potential to deliver solutions at scale in a short period of time.

During the challenge program, intrapreneurs will develop prototypes, business plans, market analysis and go-to-market strategies. On August 21, intrapreneurs will present their plans to a panel of experts. This panel will select one team to receive a $25,000 award to scale production of their innovation.

Although just one team will win the Challenge, all participating companies will benefit from the COVID Intrapreneur Challenge program. Participants will have access to manufacturing know-how, various domain experts, raw material providers, and prospective purchasers.

Eligibility

  1. Teams must be headquarted in Massachusetts
  2. Teams must have been operating for at least two years
  3. Teams must generate at least $250,000 in annual revenue

 

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Product/market fit
  2. Ability for team and company to execute
  3. Time to market
  4. Potential to support MA COVID response
  5. Market opportunity outside MA

 

Application – Deadline July 10th, 2020

Applications will be accepted through the MassTech Innovation Network, a virtual accelerator and mentor network powered by SaaS platform, StartupWind.  Information submitted on this site is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. ch. 66), and may be disclosed to the public, if requested, with limited exceptions.  Please do not include any confidential information on this site as we are unable to guarantee protection or non-disclosure of confidential information.

Click here to apply

Need more information?

Need more information?

Information submitted through this application is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. ch. 66), and may be disclosed to the public, if requested, with limited exceptions. Please do not include any confidential information on this site as we are unable to guarantee protection or non-disclosure of confidential information.

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