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Becker College, MassDiGI get grant for new ventures center in Worcester

Photo taken from MassDiGI’s website.
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Becker College and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, also known as MassDiGI, said Thursday that they have received a federal grant to help build a $2.8 million video-game incubator and training center in Worcester.

The $1.4 million grant is from the Economic Development Administration, which is part of the US Department of Commerce.

Projected to create 430 jobs over a 10-year period, the MassDiGI New Ventures Center will be “a business assistance center for interactive media, game development, and technology-centric business undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs,” said Becker College, which added that it will match the federal grant.

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In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of MassDiGI, a state-sanctioned video game industry group.

“As the home of both MassDiGI and a nationally recognized video game development program, Becker College is perfectly positioned to help grow one of the most dynamic pillars of the Massachusetts innovation economy: the interactive entertainment industry,” Robert E. Johnson, president of Becker College and chair of the MassDiGI Advisory Board, said in a statement. “The jobs created by the work of this center will be highly skilled and well-paid. They will build the talent pool in Massachusetts by providing opportunity for graduates from Becker and other institutions of higher learning across the state.”

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