Are you a Latino-owned business looking for expert advice and a strategic roadmap to stabilize your company? Apply to the new Latino Business Resilience Program launched by Amplify Latinx, Enterprise Center and Surfside Capital Advisors. In this program, Latino-owned small businesses will develop and implement resiliency strategies such as pivoting, digital transformation, and capital readiness to navigate the ongoing uncertainties of COVID-19 and create the foundation for success in the recovery. This culturally responsive program will be available in English and Spanish. Applications for the Spring cohort are open now until February 26, 2021 on a rolling basis. More information here.
The SBIR Targeted Technologies (START) program helps growing Massachusetts-based companies convert research developed under SBIR and STTR contracts into businesses and jobs in Massachusetts. The START program plays an important role in powering Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy. Applications are due February 28. More information here.
Cultivate Small Business was created to help early-stage entrepreneurs (focused on women, people of color, and immigrants) build food businesses. It’s like a mini MBA for food businesses and it’s completely FREE. This year it’s virtual and open to anyone in Massachusetts. The 16 week program runs April – June, 2021 – applications are due March 1. More information here.
The Techstars Sustainability Challenge is an equity-free challenge that brings together founders with industry leaders in sustainability. Top Supply Chain solutions in the areas of Data & Automation and Materials & End-of-life Impact will have access to potential commercial opportunities with our corporate partners. We are looking for proven technologies that are able to be pilotable in 2021. Applications close March 1, 2021. More information here.
Technovation Girls, a flagship program of non-profit Technovation, is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The program offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year, Technovation Girls challenges 10 to 18 year old girls to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2009, over 15,000 girls have participated from over 100 countries. Applications are open through March 12. More information here.
The IncubateMass Program provides funding to Massachusetts incubators with the goal of growing the clean energy innovation ecosystem and commercializing cleantech startups through incubator membership. Grants are up to $175,000 per year and award payments are typically tied to incubator management deliverables and startup member milestones. Applications are open through March 12. More information here.
MassChallenge has opened applications for the 2021 early stage accelerators in Austin, Boston, Houston, and Rhode Island. MassChallenge supports promising early-stage startups across industries by connecting entrepreneurs to our powerful network of support and resources – at zero cost and for zero equity. Since 2010, MassChallenge alumni companies have gone on to raise $8.6B in funding, generate $3.6B+ in revenue, and create more than 186K+ jobs around the world. Use code MC21INNOWOMEN to receive 100% off the application fee (a $99 savings). Applications are due March 31, 2021. More information here.
Food Edge on May 4-6 is New England’s leading food summit that brings together the industry’s largest brands, disruptive startups, and top researchers to discuss the innovations and trends that are shaping the future of food. Food Edge explores food innovation with a focus on sustainable sourcing, recipe innovation, product design, customer experience, and social media. More information 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.