The MassTLC Tech Top 50 celebrates tech companies and leaders across the region who have made a significant impact in the community during the past 12 month. This year, we are excited to recognize winners across 8 categories: Best Pivot to Meet the New World, Business Accomplishment, Company Culture, Inclusivity Impact, Leadership, New Company of the Year, Tech for Good: Social Responsibility, and Tech to Watch.
Forty-nine honorees were chosen across these categories, with the final recognition, the Mosaic Award, given to Chevalier “Chevy” Cleaves, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, for his work creating access and opportunity for future leaders. View the full list of winners, here.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more about each of the recipients to spotlight their accomplishments and their impact on customers, partners, employees, and the broader community.
Today, meet Mimecast, one of this year’s honorees for Tech for Good: Social Responsibility.
What program(s) have you created/supported in the past year (since May 2020) that have given back to the community? And who/what has been impacted?
Mimecast has deepened our partnership with Boston-based Year Up by launching a corporate internship program. By investing in having Year Up interns join our team, we’re able to provide a unique workplace experience in cybersecurity. Each internship has a 6-month term. Following completion of the internship, we have hired multiple Year Up alumni full-time. As a company, we prioritize multi-faceted and long-term charitable partnerships versus ad-hoc grant making.
Why did your company choose to implement this program(s)?
Year Up’s internship program is one of the tools we’re leveraging to diversify our workforce. There is a need for the cybersecurity industry to reach underrepresented talent where they are, and Year Up does exactly that. We have partnered with Year Up for almost four years across volunteerism, corporate grants, and mentorships. The success of these program elements led to this new phase of our work together.
What measurable success has this program(s) achieved?
We have had multiple Year Up internships join the full-time Mimecast team. Placements have been made in our IT, Customer Support, and Customer Onboarding Teams. Year Up is a data-driven organization, which has appealed to us on the Mimecast team. For example, graduates of the Year Up program experience a significant increase in earnings potential when compared to those who haven’t completed the program. An important, even if not numerical, impact is the energy each Year Up intern brings to our culture. Their perspectives are invaluable and energize our commitment to inclusion.
What does it mean to be recognized with the other Tech Top 50 honorees?
We’re so grateful for the MassTLC’s ongoing support and recognition of our work at Mimecast. There are a number of remarkable organizations being represented in this year’s list, and it’s always an honor to be in a cohort with them. For us, the Tech Top 50 underscores the various strengths the Greater Boston technology community. When we come together, we can tackle the biggest challenges facing our region.
Learn more about Tech Top 50 and meet all the winners, here.