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Black & Veatch launches COVID-19 response accelerator to stem pandemic

Black & Veatch launches COVID-19 response accelerator to stem pandemic
Black & Veatch launches COVID-19 response accelerator to stem pandemic
  • The company introduces a campaign in an effort to put an end to devastating effects of the pandemic.
  • 2020 IgniteX Covid-19 Response Accelerator to offer USD 250,000 in form of grants or in-kind services for realization of the novel solutions.

From increasing the fatality rate to leading to a nationwide lockdown, the novel coronavirus pandemic has brought about unprecedented and tragic disruption globally. However, against this backdrop, Black and Veatch has called for introducing and leading a push to find and collaborate with myriad startups and innovators to bring out novel solutions that would lessen the impact of this virus on communities. Not only this, the company has plans to build these solutions in such a way that their future applications also extend beyond the pandemic whatsoever.

The campaign, ‘2020 Black & Veatch IngniteX COVID-19 Response Accelerator’ is looking for support and ideas from evolving entrepreneurs and companies on ways to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak along with helping commercialize, scale and deploy those concepts. It has been claimed that the array of possible solutions is endless covering a wide gamut of testing, screening, and disinfection technologies to medical facilities, biotech-related services, autonomous delivery networks, and disease tracking software.

According to official sources, the IngniteX COVD-19 Response Accelerator is committed to offering at least USD 250,000 in grants or in-kind services. Apparently, these offerings would be used to support collaboration and recruitment as part of the campaign. 

Commenting on this campaign launch, the Vice President of Innovation and Strategy at Black & Veatch, Ryan Pletka cited that with company’s reach and intellectual capital, it stands ready to support innovators striving hard to make a difference in the medical field now. He further adds that the disruption put forth by the pandemic displays an important moment for the innovators to think out of the box in order to develop solutions for greater good.

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