Our Programs

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Through a range of equity-driven programs and a powerful network of industry partners, startups, higher education, and nonprofits, Ignite connects underrepresented students and innovators to academic, technical skills-building, mentoring, job placement, and board and leadership preparation opportunities that fuel biotech diversity and transform careers. 

The STAR Ecosystem aims to foster equal opportunities and diversity in fields like the life sciences by investing in high-performing STEM education nonprofits and Cambridge and Somerville public schools.

STAR ECOSYSTEM

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LabCentral Ignite hosts community workshops called “What the Heck is Biotech?” that aim to explain biotech and introduce community members to the possible career pathways across varying levels of education.

WHAT THE HECK IS BIOTECH?™

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Life Sciences in Full Color is a multifaceted public education campaign across the Boston area meant to inspire, inform, and activate more diverse biotech talent.

LIFE SCIENCES IN FULL COLOR

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MOSAIC convenes Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), building connectivity between them and the biopharma industry in order to tap fully into the talents and perspectives of people of color and other historically excluded students.

MOSAIC INNOVATION CONSORTIUM

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Career Forge is a training program that prepares career-ready people (“Forgers”) for technical roles while partnering with hiring teams in our network to connect underrepresented talent to meaningful career opportunities in biotech.

CAREER FORGE

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The LabCentral Ignite Golden Ticket contest provides support to biotech entrepreneurs who identify as women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, or people of color by giving winners access to shared lab space in Cambridge. In addition, winners participate in a year-long Ignite Fellowship program that aims to supercharge their networks.

IGNITE GOLDEN TICKETS

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IgniteVC is a membership-based platform offering a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) tools and resources created specifically for VC firms and their portfolio companies to help cultivate a highly inclusive life sciences venture capital community and to grow more diverse and inclusive portfolio companies from inception to success.

IGNITEVC

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