FORGE is hosting a Design Challenge during the launch of their Merrimack Valley office on September 2nd in Lowell to provide select startups working in robotics, biotech, automation, electro-mechanical systems, instrumentation, or explosive atmospheres with the resources they need to evaluate their most pressing issues. During this in-person event, 3 startup companies will be given the opportunity to pitch their mechanical design challenge to their supplier experts from Product Resources to win 20 hours of services. Application deadline extended to Monday August 2 at 8 pm ET. More information here.

CESMII Roadmap Projects Request for Proposals (RFP3)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), has announced a $4.8 million request for proposals (RFP) to develop emerging technologies for the manufacturing sector, including advanced sensors, cloud-based computing, advanced modeling and simulation, and artificial intelligence. The RFP will focus on addressing challenges in sensing, control, analytics and predictive modeling technologies. Applications are due August 3. More information here.

The InnovateMass program provides up to $250,000 in grant funding and technical support to applicant teams deploying new clean energy technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies with a strong potential for commercialization. Successful applicants will propose projects that address important energy challenges, help to grow the state’s clean energy economy, and contribute to Massachusetts’ continued clean energy leadership. Applications are due August 16. More information here.

Bristol Myers Squibb is accepting applications for its BMS Golden Ticket at LabCentral Contest. Each Golden Ticket awards a winning startup one year of underwritten laboratory bench space and resident benefits at LabCentral, a shared laboratory space in Cambridge designed as a launchpad for life science and biotech startups.  Applications are open until August 17. More information here.

EmPower Massachusetts is a program offering funding to increase equitable access to the benefits of clean energy. Opportunities are available for community-based organizations, clean energy installers, financial institutions, municipalities, and more. Applications are due August 18. More information here.

Greentown Labs, a climatetech startup incubator, is accepting applications for the Greentown Launch Healthy Buildings Challenge. The accelerator will be hosted with Saint-Gobain, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of high-performance materials, with additional support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. It will provide selected building tech startups to gain access to Saint-Gobain leadership, potential partnership opportunities, desk space at Greentown Labs, $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding and more. Applications are open until August 25. More information here.

MassCEC announces the official launch of Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All), a program that aims to increase clean transportation access and decrease transportation burden for underserved and overburdened communities. Proposals are due September 7. Learn more here.

The Business Show on November 24-25, 2021 has evolved from the combination of two of Prysm’s very successful business events ‘The Great British Business Show’ and ‘Business Startup’. This unmissable event places thousands of online sellers, suppliers, and buyers from across the globe all under one roof, ensuring that attendees leave full of inspiration and ready to take the industry by storm! With all of the following provided, success and profit for your business is guaranteed. More information here.

Eligible Massachusetts businesses of any size may apply for training grants through the Workforce Training Fund’s Express Program. The Express Program offers cash grants to businesses to cover up to 50% of the cost of training employees, up to $3,000 per employee per course. Additional limitations apply. More information here.

The Seed Investments Program is a two-stage investment program that provides up to $250,000 in convertible notes to pre-seed or seed-stage clean energy startups. The program exists to support companies as they advance and commercialize clean energy technologies and business models. More information here.

Venture Lane will be piloting a new virtual membership in Q2 called Venture Lane Connect. The membership will enable B2B startup founders based in Boston to tap into Venture Lane’s curated network, weekly programming focused on go-to-market strategy, $400K in perks like AWS and Microsoft Azure and other resources for early-stage growth. Interested B2B startup founders and their teams can sign up for the private beta here.