Driving 2043 is an early-stage startup accelerator designed to advance electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. Through this program early-stage startups will have a unique opportunity to advance the development of their product, hone their business model and demonstrate product market fit through training and 1-2-1 advising from leading automotive, EV, cleantech and startup leaders. Applications are due December 7. More information here.
The MASS AWIS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Impact (IEI) Program is an introductory in-person entrepreneurship program for women in science. The workshop series is designed not only to help participants to operationalize their ideas, but to address barriers to female entrepreneurship. We will discuss technology and economic solutions, explain market analysis and identify target customers and audiences. We will alert participants to statistics about female entrepreneurs, but rather than simply discussing issues, we aim to provide suggestions and solutions for overcoming them. Applications are due December 20. More information here.
Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders (ACCEL)
Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space (BGS) are requesting applications from innovative startups with founding and executive teams that are primarily made up of BIPOC leaders who are developing climate solutions for sectors including electricity, transportation, buildings, manufacturing, and agriculture. Applications are due December 23. More information here.
MassCEC Accelerator Funding Program
The Accelerator Funding Program provides grants to Massachusetts accelerators for specific activities with the goal of growing the cleantech innovation ecosystem and commercializing early stage cleantech startups. Grants fund accelerator activities, including operations and management expenses, events and educational series, growing strategic clusters, prizes, and scholarships for their current cohort of startups. Applications are due January 2. More information here.
NOFA/Mass Winter Conference – January 14-15, 2023
The 36th annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference connects farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, and environmentalists to share resources and ideas to grow our vibrant organic community. More information here.
The Empower Digital Grant program provides funding for the needs of Massachusetts-based small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals seeking tools and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider for up to $5,000. More information here.
FinTech Sandbox is a nonprofit which enables financial technology entrepreneurs to build robust products by providing access to critical data, development tools and a curated network of customers, entirely for free. FinTech Sandbox is open to all startups innovating in financial services that can use financial data products we offer for product development and testing. The spirit of the program is to offer data to start-ups that could not otherwise afford it. More information here.
The NAACP Power Forward Small Business Grant is available for Black-owned businesses with one to 25 employees located in New England (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and select areas of Connecticut (more details in the application). $25,000 in grants are available on a rolling basis. More information here.
Venture Lane is piloting a new virtual membership 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.
P&G Ventures is an early stage startup studio within Procter & Gamble that partners with entrepreneurs to accelerate billion dollar ideas that improve consumers’ lives. Focus areas include nontoxic home and garden, women’s health, anti-aging, daily wellness, and cleaning/sanitizing. More information here.