Each year, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) selects a cohort of Social Innovators for the Social Innovator Accelerator through a six-month evaluation process that brings together a range of stakeholders, including funders, practitioners, and leaders from business and academia. Once selected, each Innovator receives access to cash and in-kind benefits valued at $150,000 over the course of 24 months. Applications are due July 16. More information here.
EforAll will be hosting an in-person food-themed Pitch Contest this summer! The Foodie Venture Pitch Contest is open to people who are in the food business idea stage, people who are looking to take a hobby to the next level, or those looking to pivot and grow an existing business. The contest is open to all individuals in or near the EforAll Lowell community. Apply by July 20th, 2021 at 5 pm. Click here to learn more.
The Lucy Lab is an industry-agnostic marketing focused 8-week accelerator with a proven, curated curriculum for female founders that teaches you how to build and launch products/services that your ideal customers want, need, and will pay for. Applications are due July 25. Check out the application today!
Applications are open now for Techstars Boston. Since 2009, Techstars Boston has supported over 180 companies that have raised over $1.4 billion in funding. Techstars Boston is a 13-week mentorship-driven accelerator program for early-stage, tech-enabled companies. If you’re a founding team at the pre-seed or seed stage, interested in building a business in Boston, and are working on solving a problem in healthcare, fintech, or anything out of a lab, the Techstars Boston team might be a fit to work with! Applications are due July 28. More information here.
The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM) has partnered with the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to launch a $2M grant program that will invest in small- to medium-sized manufacturers across the Commonwealth. Applications are open until July 29. More information here.
Massachusetts Manufacturers’ Accelerate Program (MMAP)
If you operate in the semiconductor, battery technologies, additive manufacturing, or defense and aerospace industries, you can apply for up to $250k in capital equipment (50% cost share) from the Massachusetts Manufacturers Acceleration Program. Applications are due July 29. 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.
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.