The Black New Venture Competition is accepting applications from promising early-stage Black founders to compete for a chance to win $200K of total prize money. The event is hosted by the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School. Applications are due January 10. 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. 

Venture Lane Studio Cohort 3 – starts March 2023
Venture Lane Studio helps B2B software startups find real traction and repeatable success. They transform early stage B2B software companies with outstanding potential into growth stage ventures through a bespoke 3.5 month program, a proven methodology from experienced entrepreneurs, and a world class support network of peer founders and mentors. Applications are due January 15. More information here.

Apply Now for the 2023 Board-Ready Bootcamp, beginning April 5th: The Board-Ready Bootcamp is designed to improve the quality of board governance and composition at companies by providing a high-impact curriculum on board fundamentals, strategy, and governance. Given the lack of diversity in the tech boardroom, the bootcamp is focused on preparing underrepresented tech leaders, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and women tech executives. Apply by March 25. More information here.

Accelerate Your Impact: Massachusetts Small Business Coaching Program
Boston Impact Initiative (BII) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) have partnered to offer entrepreneurs and small business owners coaching and resources to build sustainable and socially impactful businesses. 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.