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January 12, 2021

Fourth leg of Mass. Tech COVID challenge seeks entrepreneurs and startups

Photo | Edd Cote Healthcare workers at a UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 testing center.

The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, in conjunction with North Adams economic development non-profit Lever, is seeking entrepreneurs and startups to participate in its Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, the fourth iteration in a series of competitive pandemic-related accelerator programs.

Participants will complete a six-week acceleration program aimed at developing COVID-inspired ideas to help bolster economic recovery and strengthen the flow of goods, services and programs, according to Mass. Tech. The program will culminate in an April 9 pitch competition, with the winner taking home $40,000, and the runner up taking home $10,000.

Applications are due Feb. 19, with finalists selected by Feb. 26.

Eligible applicants must be Massachusetts-based companies less than two years old, with less than $500,000 in annual revenue, and must be working on products or services focused on connection technologies.

Thirty manufacturers have participated in the challenge series since it launched in June 2020, according to Mass. Tech. Previous winners were Speakeasy Travel Supply of Barnstable, CareAline Products of Danvers and Shrewsbury’s Industrial Polymers and Chemicals.

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