History & Mission
The Berkshire Innovation Center serves as a catalyst to spark innovation and sustainable growth of technology-focused companies. We do this through programs that promote learning and enrich people in technology-led career paths, and by providing research and innovation space for people and companies to explore new technologies, all while convening and connecting a community of like-minded people.
With the approval of over 80 regional stakeholders in the private sector, government, and academia, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awarded the City of Pittsfield a $9.7 million capital grant in the May of 2014. The grant was for the development of a 20,000 square foot innovation center in Pittsfield’s William Stanley Business Park, the former site of General Electric.
The Berkshire Innovation Center, which officially opened in 2020, provides regional manufacturers and STEM businesses with advanced R&D equipment, state-of-the-art lab and training facilities, and collaboration opportunities with BIC's renowned research partners, as well as internship and apprenticeship programs for local students. Operationally, the BIC is a membership model designed to be self-sustainable and private sector driven.