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October 30, 2023

MBI grants $240K to seven organization for diversity and workforce development

PHOTO | Courtesy of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives' space on Briden Street in Worcester.

Worcester life sciences incubator Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives has awarded seven grants to local individuals and companies as part of its 2023 Challenge Grants program.

The grants in this year’s program went to awardees in the categories of Increasing Diversity in STEM, Workforce Challenge, and Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs in STEM. Grants amounts ranged from $23,500 to $50,000 and totaled $240,667. The challenge grants aim to increase diversity in the life sciences industry as well as bolster the workforce needs of the industry, according to a Wednesday press release from MBI.

“Worcester is home to the largest foreign-born adult population of any Massachusetts Gateway City, as well as 13 colleges and universities and over 60 already established biotech companies. Our Challenge Grants program connects these communities so that we can create pipelines for talent to support our growing life sciences sector while supporting increased diversity in the industry,” MBI President and CEO Jon Weaver said in the press release.

This is the first year of the Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs in STEM Grant. The companies to win the grant are:

  • Massachusetts Life Science Center in Waltham, $25,000
  • Lina Gonzalez, founder of SpadXTech in Worcester, an MBI-incubated company, $25,000

Recipients of the Increasing Diversity in STEM Grants are:

  • BioBuilder Educational Foundation in Newton, $50,000
  • Latino Educational Institute in Worcester, $42,167.95
  • Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, $50,000

Recipients of the Workforce Challenge Grants are:

  • MassBioEd in Cambridge, $25,000
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston and Worcester, $23,500

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