MassDiGI New Ventures Center
Innovation on campus is a critical component of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since its establishment in 2011, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) fosters new interactive media and game development concepts, the growth of new technology ventures, the practice of learning agility, and the creation of new jobs in the sector.
To accomplish these goals, MassDiGI has embarked on such major initiatives as the region-wide MassDiGI Game Challenge pitch competition and a multi-institutional MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program to target college and university students to become leaders in the new digital economy. MassDiGI has achieved a track record of successful outcomes over a short period of time.
MassDiGI is focused on leveraging regional assets to create opportunities, encouraging economic development, strengthening Massachusetts’ ability to compete in the global marketplace, capturing the energy and excitement of a fast-growing economic sector, fostering a culture of innovation, and advancing high-growth student entrepreneurs. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $1.4 million to Becker and MassDiGI to help create the NVC. In 2017, the College will open the MassDiGI New Ventures Center (NVC) to further enhance this mission.
The NVC will function as a year-round, cutting-edge business assistance center, incubation, and acceleration laboratory. The NVC will be housed in the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Becker College’s Worcester campus and also exists as a virtual incubation and acceleration laboratory for interactive media, game development, and technology-centric student entrepreneurs from the eleven Gateway Cities across Massachusetts.
The NVC’s primary goal is to support the development of student start-up ventures that graduate into the community as financially viable companies that foster an entrepreneurial mindset off-campus. The NVC seeks to retain these companies and young graduates within the state’s Gateway Cities in order to continue to create new jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new products, and strengthen local economies.
NVC student entrepreneurs will be actively mentored by MassDiGI’s experienced staff, visiting entrepreneurs, companies-in-residence, Becker’s School of Design and Technology faculty, MassDiGI’s Advisory Board members, and a network of industry professionals and academic experts. Students who earn their way into the NVC will be given access to educational programming, peer interaction, technical assistance, business development services, and the extended community of support needed to learn, practice, and launch products into the global digital marketplace.