Tags: bridgewater-raynham, coffee pods, EurekaFest, innovation, inventeam, invention, lemelson-mit, MIT, STEM education
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By: Tracey Brenner
Lemelson-MIT hosted its eighth-annual EurekaFest June 20-21st, a celebration designed to empower the next generation of inventors by inspiring youth, honoring role models, and encouraging creativity and problem solving. Each EurekaFest Team, comprising high school students, educators and mentors, received up to $10,000 from the Lemelson-MIT Program to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.
Sixteen Teams, parsed into groups of four, presented their “pitch” to peers, teachers, and media in classrooms across the Stata Center at MIT the morning of June 20th. The young students, the most senior of which are now rising college freshmen, each handled themselves with youthful poise, enthusiasm, and eloquence. Teams actively displayed a product prototype during the presentation. Prototypes included, from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C., a safety device that attaches to a door to prevent it from opening in an emergency situation; from Elkin’s High School in Missouri Texas, an automated disinfectant system for high-end 3D movie glasses; and from the School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a system for detecting and alerting parked police officers of impending physical dangers.
In addition to displaying prototypes, Teams also described the need based/market-driven iterative ideation and development process in which they engaged, and touched on some of the ways they executed key to-market strategies. For example, students described building a well-balanced founding team, raising supplemental funds, securing support from the community/stakeholders, and, in some cases, conducting patentability studies and pursuing intellectual property protection. Students also answered a plethora of eager questions from and offered tips and advice to their peers.
This Lemelson-MIT Program is an example of collaborative cross-disciplinary STEM education reaching to its highest heights. May it incite and inspire educator and entrepreneur alike.
MBBP client Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Highschool’s InvenTeam was one of the 16 high schools nationwide to be selected for a $9,200 grant out of 250 applicants. Through this grant, the BR team has invented a device that separates and stores the materials of single-serve coffee pods allowing proper recycling and composting.
Congratulations Bridgewater Raynham InvenTeam!
Tags: employment law, harassment claims, sexual harassment
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MBBP has released a new Employment Law Advisor (ELA) which covers the topic of Sexual Harassment Policies in Massachusetts. Massachusetts law requires covered employers to adopt and distribute sexual harassment policies containing specific provisions. Beyond this legal requirement, the use of a well-crafted, properly disseminated policy, combined with other preventive efforts, can significantly reduce an employer’s exposure to harassment claims. This ELA discusses Massachusetts requirements for employers, drafting tips for sexual harassment policies and anti-harassment training.
If you would like to be added to our ELA mailing list, please contact Jaclyn Jefgood.
Tags: Clean Tech, financing, green
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6th Annual Conference on Clean Energy – Two days designed to provide you with the latest investment opportunities, business insights, and fund-raising strategies in Clean Energy.
Company leaders participating in the Industry Panels will give their perspective on critical issues in many industry sectors including BioEnergy, Combined Heat & Power, Efficiency & Energy Services, Energy Storage, Portable Power, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Electric Car, Ocean Energy and Solid State Lighting.
Finance panel discussions will feature top investors to provide insights into sources of seed, VC, project and government funding, providing the information startups need today to finance their companies.
For more information about the conference, please visit greenovationconference.com.
To discuss your company’s clean tech and renewable energy legal needs, please visit MBBP’s Clean Technology & Renewable Energy Practice.
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MBBP Attorney Jeffrey Steele will be a panelist on Financing and Partnering for Emerging Business at the 5th Annual Conference on Clean Energy to be held in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, November 12–13. The conference, a centerpiece of Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Week, brings together entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders in the clean energy startup community including the opportunity to pitch innovations. The event is organized by The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and the The Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition. Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton is a conference sponsor. For more information on the conference agenda and registration, please see the conference web site at greenovationconference.com
Jeff Steele has extensive experience representing start-ups, developing companies and investment and venture capital firms in connection with private placements, seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, initial and secondary public offerings, public company compliance work, and executive employment matters.
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We salute the Clean Energy Fellows, a program to help accelerate clean technology in Massachusetts and throughout New England, as they begin a year of learning and business networking toward the goal of better understanding of how to apply clean technology to local industries and businesses.
A project of the Clean Energy Council, the fellowship program addresses a simple but acute problem: a lack of repeat entrepreneurs in the sector — a critical ingredient in venture formation, funding, and growth — by offering entrepreneurs from other sectors an intensive, half-time, semester-length, clean energy program to accelerate their transition into the sector.
Mass. High Tech published a nice article that follows up on last year’s crop of fellows — including MBBP client Steve Kropper from WindPole Ventures, to answer the obvious question… “Where are they now?” See the article here: Following the first Clean Energy Fellows