Specifications include, but are not limited to: The Innovation Institute is looking to support a focused effort that increases the number of individuals from underrepresented or diverse populations who are offered internships or entry level employment opportunities within technology firms across the Commonwealth. This RFP offers applicants the opportunity to propose creative project(s) to increase the successful placement and retention of talent for tech internships, apprenticeships, and any entry level tech sector jobs from underrepresented groups such as women, African American, or Hispanic individuals. This program is committed to seeking out and supporting exceptional initiatives capable of achieving this goal in a region or across the state as a whole. The Innovation Institute looks to also improve levels of achievement and “quality of experience” at places of employment for individuals of diverse race and gender when placed into tech companies. The Innovation Institute is open to any range of creative proposals that will contribute to these goals.