January 23, 2020 A Bedford-based nonprofit, MITRE, is the powerhouse behind a new initiative called Bridging Innovation, designed specifically to play matchmaker between startups and government agencies.
For the program, MITRE has partnered with essentially all of Massachusetts’ major players: MassRobotics, MassChallenge, Gov. Charlie Baker’s cybersecurity advisory panel, the Massachusetts Military Asset Task Force, Techstars’ Air Force Accelerator, Harvard Innovation Labs, MIT Engine and the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub.
“Government needs quick access to innovative solutions,” Russ Graves, MITRE’s Bridging Innovation director, said in a blog post. “It can be a tool to help create a new solution. Or a product—anything from ‘smart’ clothing for warfighters to a new healthcare mobile application. But it’s tough for a startup to know what the government needs and how to cut through the bureaucracy to reach them.”
In the post, MITRE highlighted its work with MassChallenge and MassRobotics: most recently, the establishment of a “safety and security” track at MassChallenge, as well as introductions to government sponsors for startups Cleo Robotics and Pison, among others.