Community-Based Innovation

Support of community leadership and community-based stakeholders across the state will position them as places they can grow and participate in the innovation, creative, and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Massachusetts.

Key Programs and Resources

Collaborative Workspace

Administered by MassDevelopment Finance Agency

*Applications are now being accepted through July 20, 2018.

Accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities, by supporting infrastructure that fuels community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
In partnership with UMass Boston, the Global Entrepreneur in Residence program helps international entrepreneurs stay in the U.S. and continue to build their startup companies. UMass acts as the “sponsor” for filing cap-exempt H-1B petitions, enabling the entrepreneur’s start-up company to apply for the entrepreneur’s work authorization, and ultimately will allow the company, and new high-skill jobs, to grow here in Massachusetts. 

Seaport Economic Council Grand Challenge

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
Provides funding for new and novel technology solution or business approach capital projects that have growth potential in a marine economy marketplace.

* Additional Programs and Resources

Community Compact Program

Administered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Offices
The Community Compact Program is a voluntary, mutual agreement entered into between the Baker-Polito Administration and individual cities and towns. In a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement at least one best practice that they select from across a variety of areas, with several connecting to economic development. For example, creating an economic development plan that engages diverse stakeholders, leverages local and regional economic strengths and assets, encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and/or promotes workforce development planning and implementation.  

Innovation Institute

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
Funding to assist in supporting the ecosystem for innovation and industry cluster growth across Massachusetts.

MassTech Research and Development Grants

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
Supports large-scale, long-term projects that have the potential to spur innovation, promote cluster development, and grow jobs by investing in critical research & development (R&D) infrastructure. 

SBIR Target Technologies (START) Program

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
Helps growing Massachusetts-based companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts.