Opportunities for Startups and Supporters
AWS Activate Founders offers startups free tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS
AWS Activate Founders, open to self-funded and bootstrapped startups, helps startup founders take their business to the next level. Whether you’re a tech or non-tech founder, Activate Founders provides $1,000 USD in credits and $350 USD in developer support credits to help you quickly get started on AWS. Use this cost-saving opportunity to experiment, build, test, or deploy your startup architecture on AWS. Learn more and apply today!
The GSV Cup: The World’s Largest Pitch Competition for "Pre-k to Gray" Edtech Startups
Edtech startups, apply now to compete for $1 million in cash & credits! Selected semi-finalists will all receive a complimentary ticket to the 2021 Summit for either in-person or virtual and have the chance to compete for $550,000 in non-dilutive capital and $450,000 in Google Cloud credits. The search for the “Elite 200” semi-finalists who will pitch at the 2021 ASU+GSV is underway, read the FAQ to learn more. Apply by 3/31
The Capital Network’s 2021 Fellowship for Female Founders
Designed for female founders of early-stage, high-growth startups based in the New England area, this fellowship is a great opportunity for those looking for education, mentorship, networking opportunities, and support as they prepare to raise first outside capital. This free six-month fellowship includes 40+ workshops & events, 1-on-1 mentoring, monthly cohort meetings, educational resources on fundraising, and access to a network of 100+ investors and mentors ready to support you in your venture. Apply by 4/1
QUBIC Labs & Startup Boston: The Blockchain Showdown $20k Pitch Competition
Do you have a crypto or blockchain-enabled startup or concept? Join this first-ever month-long pitch competition for crypto and blockchain founders. The perfect way for new entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts with an idea, and founders with a product to get feedback from industry pros, and to potentially win cash prizes! You do not need to be a current founder. You can submit a concept, or you could already have a product live on a website. Open to startups with less than $2M in funding. Apply to pitch and compete for the $20k prize! Apply by 4/2
Masschallenge Startup Accelerator in Boston, Providence, Austin & Houston, Texas and Mexico City
Entrepreneurs, founders, and researchers are invited to meet with the MassChallenge team to learn how the non-profit's proven methodology supports startups and accelerates the growth of the most innovative solutions solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Participating entrepreneurs will have access to expert mentorship, a global peer network, $250k in deals & discounts, cash and prizes, and more – all for zero equity, no strings attached. Use code MC21BNT to receive 100% off the application fee (a $99 savings). Apply by 4/5!
The EforAll Business Accelerator Program
A free, one-year program offered twice a year in each of our communities. This program offers a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship, and access to an extended professional network. In the accelerator, you work in a cohort of up to 15 business owners who are all doing this together, which is so powerful. You are matched with up to 3 mentors who work with you every week of the 12-week intensive period, acting as your advisors and reinforcing your classroom learning. Benefits of the accelerator program: Offered at no cost, Cohort model featuring up to 15 entrepreneurs per class, facilitates collaboration and teamwork, Practical, intensive in-person sessions with content specialists cover critical early-stage business challenges (i.e. value proposition, fundraising, bookkeeping, pricing, social media) and Opportunity to win seed money each quarter. Apply to South Coast, Roxbury or Lowell by 4/22. Apply to Worcester, Holyoke, Longmont or Lynn by 5/19. Apply to Cape Cod or Berkshire County by 8/12. Apply Today
Techstars Boston Startup Accelerator
Grow your startup! From aspiring founders to early-stage entrepreneurs, Techstars can scale your vision into a thriving business. Join an Accelerator! Each year, we choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life. With over a decade in the books, this program focuses on the most promising startups in this vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2021 this program hopes to provide hybrid virtual/ in-person programming. Apply by 5/12
Prepare 4 VC Startup Accelerator
Prepare 4 VC offers a 16 week, equity-free accelerator program serving handpicked startups globally through two live weekly sessions, resources and videos, and an ongoing chat group with our advisors and your cohort throughout the program. We host two demo day events week 8 and 16 of the program with a focus on helping you shape, scale and share your startup story effectively. Learn More and Apply Today.
Free Subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine
The most widely read business publication in the world, Businessweek helps you stay on top of changing business and economic trends, the volatile stock market, the latest maneuvers and mergers and much more. Every issue of Businessweek brings you timely, analytical and influential reporting on the topics ranging from technology and leadership to finance and strategic planning. Keep your pulse on the business climate. Make more money. Take your career to a whole new level. Do it all -- only with Businessweek! Claim Your 1-year Digital Subscription.
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Entrepreneur has the solutions for growing businesses. In every issue, you'll find the secrets of successful entrepreneurs, trends in start-ups and business opportunities, ideas in sales and marketing, and more. Claim Your 1-year Subscription.
VentureFizz Job Board - Boston, NYC & Philadelphia
Exploring new opportunities? The VentureFizz Job Board has over 2,400 positions listed across all functional areas: Software Engineering, Product Management, Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Operations, and more! Explore Opportunities
The Buzz: 50 Startup Accelerators In New England: A Market Map
Unlike the prior market maps, the only requisite is that firms must have a headquarter office within New England and be classified as an accelerator in Crunchbase to make the list. When available, investment numbers from Crunchbase are included. Explore Accelerators
QUBIC Labs Startup Incubator in Quincy, MA
QUBIC Labs is a startup incubator and innovation hub dedicated to developing a thriving ecosystem of FinTech, GovTech and CivTech expertise and early-stage businesses. Based in Quincy, MA, QUBIC Labs is setting the tone for entrepreneurship and innovation just south of Boston with the goal of creating 1,000 jobs over the next 10 years. QUBIC Labs is a nonprofit organization supported by its Founding Sponsors, including FoxRock Properties, South Shore Bank and Foley & Lardner. Learn More
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center: InnovateMass
Provides up to $250,000 in grant funding and technical support to applicant teams deploying new clean energy technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies with a strong potential for commercialization. Successful applicants will propose projects that address important energy challenges, help to grow the state’s clean energy economy, and contribute to Massachusetts’ continued clean energy leadership. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Today
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center: Triple Decker Design Challenge
Seeks proposals from design/build firms, architects, and other qualified applicants to identify replicable and scalable all-electric triple-decker energy retrofit approaches.The program seeks to set a new and scalable standard for transitioning these iconic New England dwellings into high-performing, low-carbon buildings. With support from The Barr Foundation, MassCEC will be awarding 9 winning submissions, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000, with a $10,000 People's Choice Award. Student teams are invited to compete for a winning prize of $5,000. Vote by 1/17
Greentown Labs Bold Ideas 2020
Want to work with Schneider Electric? Bold Ideas 2020, a program run out of Greentown Labs, will give a handful of startups unparalleled access to the mentoring, connections, insights, and business and technical resources they need to drive partnerships with Schneider Electric. Bold Ideas 2020 is for pre-Seed to Series B stage entrepreneurs who can enable the swift deployment, integration, and operation of energy storage assets at scale. The structured program is rooted in driving partnership traction. Apply Today
Present Your Tech Startup Live at Boston New Technology
Harvard Business School Angels of Boston: Angels Pitch Events
Our mission is to build a community of Harvard alums to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem found around HBS and the broader Boston community - to provide real value and insight to entrepreneurs whether our members elect to invest or not. HBS affiliation not required to attend or present. Entrepreneurs seeking funding need to submit their business plan for a chance to pitch your startup. Recently, HBS Angels has invested nearly $1MM in three companies: Smoodi, BLDUP and Vincere Health. Online. Free. Apply
Procter & Gamble: Connect + Develop program
It’s a fact: collaboration accelerates innovation. In an increasingly connected world, the biggest business wins come from working together. When we partner externally, inspiration and innovation—and mutual value creation—are at our fingertips. P&G’s Connect + Develop program helps initiate partnerships to meet today’s needs across the P&G business: for products, technology, in-store, ecommerce and the supply chain. Whether you are an individual inventor, a small business, or a Fortune 500 company, Connect + Develop is designed to help innovators and patent-holders connect with P&G. We are actively seeking innovation and partnership solutions in: Oral, Personal and Family Care Innovations, Beauty and Grooming Innovations, Household Care Innovations, Packaging Innovations, Industrial and Manufacturing Innovations, Digital, Business and Retail Innovations and P&g Trademark Licensing. P&g Ventures Labs is Also Seeking Solutions for Women's Wellness - Fatigue, Maximizing Mental and Physical Performance, Redefine Aging at Home, Non-toxic Insect Control for Home and Family, Alleviating Symptoms of Menopause, Treating Chronic Skin Conditions & Symptoms and Improving Sleep Through Environment. Submit Your Solution Today
Helpful Engineering Challenge: COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Treatments and Therapeutics
HelpfulEngineers is an open source group of 3,000+ members who have congregated to develop solutions for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Developers and medical professionals are needed to help design innovative ways to fight the virus. We are quickly trying to design and arrange the production of pragmatic devices to move life-saving air, extend existing tools, or organize volunteers on the ground to bolster medical workers. Free. Join Today
Be a BUILD Mentor
Boston high school students are launching their own businesses and they need you! Invest in the next leaders of Boston by signing up to be a mentor. Mentors work with their BUILD team to develop and strengthen skills like communication, collaboration, innovation and grit as well as empowering BUILD students to take charge of their education, careers, and life. Mentoring takes place weekly at our partner schools during the early afternoon. Use your lunch hour to make a difference in a young person’s life while connecting with other like-minded professionals in Boston. Learn More and Sign Up
If you are a Boston-area women-led startup or small business, apply now to be a part of iFundWomen Boston, in partnership with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS). iFundWomen is a platform designed to help the city's female entrepreneurs raise the capital needed to get their ideas off the ground. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Today
SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs
For early-stage hardware startups that meet the eligibility criteria, the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program offers software, training, and co-marketing resources, at no cost, to help you succeed! Learn More and Apply here. SOLIDWORKS offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SOLIDWORKS products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better.
Submit Your Product to Mass Innovation Nights
Our mission is to help local entrepreneurs get more visibility for their new products. We want to connect members of the local innovation community. It all started in April 2009 as Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) with a website and a monthly event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. Startup founders can sign up for free to exhibit and present at a monthly event. Learn more and submit your product
Boston ENET's eMinute Pitch
This program is a great way for founders to build experience pitching their companies in front of a large, friendly audience. Up to 2 founders are selected to present at the start of each Boston ENET meeting. Founders get 90 seconds to introduce their company, talk about the problem they're solving, the traction they've gotten, and what their next step is. Each pitch is followed by several minutes of feedback and suggestions from the panelists that are presenting during the main portion of the meeting. With attendance ranging from 50 to 90 people an eMinute can provide substantial free exposure for a company and founder. Apply Today
Join the LOT Network for Free!
LOT Network is a non-profit community of companies committed to protecting its members from costly patent troll litigation. Network members include market leaders such as Facebook, Tesla and Amazon, as well as startups across industries. By protecting early stage companies from frivolous litigation, we’re helping them to focus their resources on the commercialization of great ideas. If you have less than $25M in annual revenues, you can join LOT Network for free AND get free patents! Learn More and Sign Up
Join Innovation Women for Great Public Speaking Opportunities!
Innovation Women is an online speakers bureau for entrepreneurial and technical women. WHY? Innovation Women is a visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women. Innovation Women helps connect event managers to women who are potential speakers. No more “token woman”. Our goal is gender-balanced panels and equal visibility opportunities for women. Members receive:
- Direct invitations to speak through our platform
- A weekly email with 100 opportunities they can apply for (sample list here)
- Promotion of their speaking engagements, books, awards, etc.
- The opportunity to participate in our IW webinar series, pop-up events and more!
HubSpot's 2019 Sales Guides and Templates Kit for Startups and Entrepreneurs
Be ready to hit the ground running in 2019 with free guides and templates including email templates, sales call checklists, prospecting guides, sales forecasting templates, and more. Download Kit
Free eBook: Ship it - Silicon Valley Product Managers Reveal All!
Know Your Users - Specific direction on conducting user research and applying metrics that actually matter. Learn How to Measure - You’re not psychic. You need to gather data and measure. We tell you which one is the only metric that matters. Secrets from top PM leaders - Practical advice and thought leadership from PM's at companies like Facebook, Reddit and Dropbox. 46 pages on Product Management. Download eBook
MassVentures: Massachusetts Innovation Economy Survey Results
The MA innovation economy is improving, but funding gaps still exist. MassVentures, a leading seed and early stage tech-focused VC firm, conducted a survey of the Massachusetts innovation economy. The goal of the survey is to gain a broad perspective on the innovation economy for early stage technology companies in Massachusetts - what is working and where are the gaps. Respondents included entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. The 2018 Innovation Economy Survey shows:
• The innovation economy is improving
• Access to capital is getting better
• But there is still a shortage of equity capital for startups
• The biggest gap in funding is $0-3 million
• Funding for first time entrepreneurs and underserved markets is still a challenge
• Fewer entrepreneurs are leaving Massachusetts
• But when entrepreneurs leave it is for access to capital
New England Venture Capital Association’s newly-released guide encompasses players in the Tech, Healthcare, and Life Science communities, as the city's comprehensive front door to the innovation ecosystem; a jumping off point for educational, business development, and career opportunities alike.
Working on a startup, supporting startups, or interested? Join this well-moderated group for members to discuss technology, seek help, and build their startups. Hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge in partnership with Boston New Technology and 35+ organizations that support Boston’s startup ecosystem. Introduce yourself and start conversations!
The VentureFizz Podcast
Features interviews with the top entrepreneurs, CEO's, and investors across the Boston tech scene. Click here to check all the episodes.
Free Social Entrepreneurship 101 Course
Discover Your Passion and Path to Change the World! Understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and be inspired to find new ways to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Appreciate that social entrepreneurship is a mindset to tackle problems across different sectors (public, private, non-profit). Discover a pathway for how you can make change whether this is founding an enterprise, serving on a board, or supporting social entrepreneurs in other creative ways. Enroll Now
CB Insights: The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail (Free 25-page report)
We analyzed 101 startup failures to bring you the reasons why startups don’t make it. Despite their efforts, 70% of upstart tech companies fail — usually around 20 months after first raising financing. And it's not just the companies with relatively few resources that bite the dust. Every year, all types of firms go out of business — even after raising hundreds of millions in funding and achieving billion-dollar valuations. Blood testing startup Theranos, for example, raised $500M in total financing and reached a valuation of nearly $10B before falling to its death. Download Report
How To Pick Startup Winners?
Yes — an algorithm to find unicorns is here. In 2015, we worked with The New York Times to predict 50 future unicorns using CB Insights’ Mosaic algorithm. 48% went on to become unicorns. At the risk of sounding immodest, that’s pretty darn good. See our predictions, which ones made it, and how we did it. Download the whitepaper.
JLL's 2019 Boston Tech Landscape & Outlook Report
The technology sector is the driving force behind Metro Boston's economy. In the past ten years, high-tech employment has doubled in Boston, and has continued to grow in the suburbs even as urbanization has taken hold. When measured against its peers, Boston is a true tech tour-de-force. Out of the top US metros, it has the second highest concentration of both millennials and STEM talent within 10 miles of its core. Tech heavyweights Google, Facebook, and Salesforce all have a presence here. And homegrown unicorns including the likes of Wayfair, DraftKings, Toast, and CarGurus continue to flourish. Access the Full Report
PwC and CB Insights' Q4 2018 MoneyTree report
Highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally. Download Report
CB Insights: 14 Trends Shaping Tech in 2019 (Free 57-page report)
Technology is now central to every industry — from building construction to healthcare administration to food production. We look at the top tech trends poised to reshape industries in 2019. Download Report
CB Insights: 7th annual Tech IPO Pipeline 2019 (Free 38-page report)
Features 286 of the most promising and highly valued private venture and private equity-backed technology companies in the United States. Download Report
CB Insights: Global Corporate Venture Capital (Free 51-page report)
A comprehensive, data-driven look at global corporate venture capital activity in 2018. Download Report
CB Insights: AI Trends In 2019 (Free 84-page report)
An analysis of emerging AI trends using the CB Insights NExTT framework. What’s next for AI? CB Insights examined 25 of the biggest AI trends, covering everything from next-gen prosthetics to crop monitoring. Using the NExTT framework, we looked at the industry adoption and market strength of these trends, categorizing them as necessary, experimental, threatening, or transitory (NExTT). The framework educates businesses about emerging trends and guides their decisions in accordance with their comfort with risk. Download Report
CB Insights: What’s Next In AI? (Free 63-page briefing)
With AI already taking the world by storm, what are the biggest trends in the space? We discuss trends across the AI value chain from disruptions in healthcare to applications in agriculture. Download Report
CB Insights: What Is Blockchain Technology? (Free 31-page eBook)
Learn about Blockchain, Initial Coin Offerings, Bitcoin, Ethereum and other Cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin was built using blockchain to create a global, distributed ledger of transactions. This ledger or digital history is stored on hundreds of thousands of computers. So, it can’t be spoofed or changed. It’s controlled by no one and secured by cryptography. Download eBook
IBM: Blockchain for Dummies (Free 51-page eBook)
Read use cases describing real blockchain networks, the latest from the IBM Blockchain Platform and more. Blockchain can do for business what the internet did for communication. Every second of every day, businesses exchange value with suppliers, partners, customers and others. By value, we mean goods, services, money, data and more. Each exchange of value is a transaction. Successful transactions need to be fast, precise and easily agreed on by parties participating in the transaction. Blockchain for business provides a way to execute many more of these transactions — a much better way. Download eBook
CB Insights: Blockchain Trends In 2019 (Free 47-page report)
What’s next for blockchain technology? CB Insights examined 18 of the biggest blockchain trends, covering everything from bitcoin mining to security tokens to smart contract platforms. Download Report
CB Insights: How Blockchain Technology Could Disrupt Healthcare (Free 27-page report)
From managing patient data to tracking drugs through the supply chain, blockchain could solve some of the healthcare industry’s biggest problems. The healthcare industry is plagued by inefficiencies, errors, bureaucracy, and high administrative costs. Could blockchain technology help solve some of these challenges? For all the hype, there’s no question that blockchain’s distributed ledger technology can offer real value for the healthcare industry. Blockchain could help solve some of the industry’s most pressing compliance, interoperability, and data security issues, as well as enable new patient-centric business models. But unlocking blockchain’s potential for healthcare will be a slow process, and change is unlikely to come fast. Download Report
CB Insights: What Is Quantum Computing? (Free 31-page report)
Quantum computing is poised to upend entire industries from telecommunications and cybersecurity to advanced manufacturing, finance, medicine, and beyond — but few understand how quantum computers actually work. Download Report
The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Employee Engagement App
To truly empower employees and optimize productivity, you need more than a communications tool. This guide frames the app platform planning process and how to create the work environment your organization needs. Learn more and request your free eBook here. For discounted pricing on hubEngage employee apps, contact Co-founder, Chris Requena at Chris "at" hubEngage.com.
Vettery: Boston Tech Salary Report 2019
Want a more competitive recruiting strategy and a more robust candidate pipeline. Download Report
Vettery: How to Hire, A Founder's Guide to Recruiting (Free 71-page eBook)
A comprehensive guide to recruiting from start to finish. With insight from top recruiters and best practices for maximizing every step of the hiring journey, How to Hire provides a framework for the best way to build your team. Download eBook