Commonwealth Hydropower feasibility and construction grants are now open. The 2021 Commonwealth Hydropower solicitation provides funding for feasibility studies and construction projects. MassCEC’s Hydropower program seeks to increase the output of the Commonwealth’s hydropower assets by providing grants to ecologically-appropriate projects that can be implemented quickly and efficiently. Preference will be given to applications received before March 19. More information here.

OneValley’s Female Founders Scholarship: Are you a female founder working on a startup? This month, OneValley is hosting a pitch night to highlight cutting-edge, female-founded startups. The winner will receive $2K in cash and the audience pick will win $500. Eligible applicants and selected participants will also be provided with an annual Passport subscription through OneValley’s Female Founders Scholarship program. Apply by March 24. More information here.

Visible Hands is a 14-week program that provides funding, company-building services and an ecosystem of industry experts to people whose gender or racial identity is severely underrepresented in the tech industry, including women, nonbinary people and Black, Latinx and Indigenous Americans. Applications for the company’s inaugural cohort open on March 29. More information here.

EforAll Lowell and Salem Five welcome all aspiring entrepreneurs to apply to their upcoming Pitch Contest! An EforAll Pitch Contest offers the opportunity to share your idea with the audience and receive valuable feedback from our Judges. All business ideas across a wide range of industries are encouraged! The deadline to apply is March 30th at 5 pm. 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.

Pepperdine University Most Fundable Companies® competition is the annual startup competition run by Pepperdine University. Winners earn a spot on the annual Most Fundable Companies List, with national publicity and recognition. The free program informs US startups with less than $10 million in revenue about investor diligence. Deadline is March 31. More information here.

Based in & around Boston, The Capital Network Fellowship for Female Founders 6 month fellowship helps support 10-12 women per cohort who are building early stage startups and looking to raise a funding round. The fellowship gives access to 25+ events over 6 months including workshops, mentoring sessions, bootcamps and other events with the cohort and wider community. One of the main benefits will be giving these women access to the education needed to make the right decisions for their businesses and access to key investors and mentors to support them. Applications are open through April 1. More information here.

QUBIC Labs, in partnership with Startup Boston, is hosting The Blockchain Showdown, its first-ever month-long pitch competition for crypto and blockchain founders. New entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts with an idea and founders with a product will have the opportunity to get feedback from industry pros and potentially win cash prizes. Submissions are due April 2. 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.

Innovation to Impact at Yale (I2I) announces an Award Competition for Innovators who are passionate and committed to providing solutions to the marketplace to address Substance Use Disorders. Awards will be granted for up to $60,000. Solutions may include the use of diagnostics, prevention, and treatment. Application deadline is May 15. More information here.

INBOUND 2021 – October 12-14, 2021
INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections that attendees need to grow their businesses. INBOUND is an annual experience uniting super curious, question-asking professionals with game-changers in marketing, sales, customer success, and more. The education sessions are boundless. 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.

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.