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The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is a business accelerator program to activate, connect and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Innovation 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.

Lever's COVID Challenge Series

Challenge I: General Use Face Masks (concluded)

Challenge II: Innovations to Support Reopening (concluded)

Challenge III: Innovations to Slow the Spread (deadline: September 18)

Challenge IV: TBA

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation 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: General Use Face Masks

Winner: Speakeasy Travel Supply

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Challenge 2: Innovations to Support Reopening

Winner: CareAline Products

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The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is a business accelerator program to 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 Innovation Challenge compliments services provided by the state’s Manufacturing-Emergency Response Team (M-ERT), led by the MassTech Collaborative in partnership with MassMEP to 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 Innovation 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:
Protective Face Masks

Winner: Speakeasy Travel Supply

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Challenge 2:
Innovations to Support Reopening

Final Event & Winner Announced: August 21

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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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