Opportunities for Startups and Supporters

Opportunities:

National Security Innovation Network: Defense Innovation Accelerator

The Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA), powered by FedTech, finds breakthrough Department of Defense (DoD) lab technology and leverages it to solve the real-world problems of DoD and commercial customers. Teams of entrepreneurs, working with DoD lab scientists and technologists, assess the market viability and the potential to commercialize DoD lab technologies. Over approximately two months, teams will explore the commercial viability of a cutting-edge technology from a top-tier research and development lab within the DoD and potentially create a company through licensing the technology. For 2020, the following themes have been prioritized for development and acceleration: Cybersecurity and secure communications, Autonomous systems, Artificial intelligence, Virtual reality and computer vision, Sensors an d Human performance.  Apply Today

 

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

 

PAX Momentum, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier startup accelerator

Twice a year, ten promising companies each receive a $50k investment and join our eight-week intensive program (mostly virtual with only 3 in-person sessions). The program consists of training, mentoring, and validation. Studies show that entrepreneurs who go through an accelerator program like PAX are more successful – they raise more money and have better outcomes. Three out of the ten spots in the program are reserved for CleanTech companies. PAX is where sustainability meets profitability. Mentoring: Meet with industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Get expert advice to examine and refine your strategy. Learn how to build a business from the most renowned business leaders of today. Benefit from the PAX Momentum team and board of advisors who have founded dozens of companies and invested in hundreds more. Validation: PAX Momentum Accelerator will invest $50,000 in each company in the cohort. As a PAX graduate, investors and customers will know that you were rigorously vetted by successful investors and founders. Gain the professional network of investors and business leaders that will pave the way to success for your startup. Training: Attend weekly education sessions that can be done virtually or in-person, based on your preference. Learn key concepts in a group setting with your cohort. Attend lectures and discussions with successful entrepreneurs. Apply by 6/15

 

Greycroft and HubSpot for startups: ELEVATE 2020: The Growth Accelerator

A free virtual accelerator designed to help early-stage startups learn how to achieve rapid growth through the principles of inbound marketing, sales, and service. Build a Company that Grows Better, Faster! ELEVATE will be delivered free online over five weeks and 10+ sessions. Each week will feature a recorded master class and case study as well as a live deep dive and Ask-Me-Anything with the topic's instructors. Apply Today

 

VietChallenge - Global Entrepreneurship Competition for Vietnamese

The first global entrepreneurship competition for Vietnamese. VietChallenge is an annual startup competition for Vietnamese entrepreneurs from all over the world, hosted by The Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States of America. Since 2015, VietChallenge has successfully held 4 annual competitions, attracting more than 500 competing entrepreneurial projects submitted from 21 countries worldwide, and offering a total prize pool of $100,000. This year’s competition boasts a total prize pool of $50,000, the largest amount for a single Vietnamese competition up to date. Apply by 6/15

 

MIT Solve: Health Security & Pandemics Challenge

How can communities around the world prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats? MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers. Apply by 6/18

 

Massachusetts Innovation Network & New England Innovation Program

Robert J. Crowley's brain child, the New England Innovation Award competition was first launched in 1986, and since then, hundreds of companies have partaken in the competition, which was a couple of hours long when it started. Some notable mentions include Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Staples, Genzyme, MassChallenge, Carbonite, KRONOS, ZipCar, iRobot, zipcar, Keurig and Vistaprint. Today, 35 years later, to weather New England's Innovation Storm, we have extended the program to take the better half of a year (7-9 months to be exact). Any company/organization headquartered in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), that has a revolutionary product, technology or process, is welcome to enter the program. There is NO fee associated with applying or participating, our role is to fuel the innovation storm, not to take away from it. This year entries will be accepted for the following Categories: Clean Technology & Sustainability, Healthy Living & Well-Being, Information Technology & Cybersecurity, IoT & Smart Living, Life Sciences, Minority-Owned, Non-Profit, Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing. Apply by 6/26

 

National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Challenge

The specialty pharmacy patient journey can be incredibly complex and specialty drugs are more complex than most prescription medications. The expert services that specialty pharmacies provide drive adherence and persistency and ensure appropriate, safe and effective medication use. Innovation in the healthcare delivery system is robust! The use of digital health technology, patient engagement tools, telehealth and other innovative patient management solutions can assist specialty pharmacy industry stakeholders in providing the resources required to overcome obstacles and improve outcomes. In this challenge, consider how your innovative solution can benefit all Stakeholders - Patients, Specialty Pharmacies, Clinicians, Manufacturers and Payers-Across the Specialty pharmacy patient Care continuum. Apply by 8/1

 

Main St. Matters - Grants for Small Businesses Located in MetroWest MA

There is no doubt, small businesses are the heart of our communities. During these uncertain times, many of these businesses have faced financial challenges, and Better Business Bureau is here to help. BBB Serving E. MA, ME, RI & VT is proud to launch Main St. Matters, a program that will offer emergency grants in the form of $500 or $1,000 awards for small businesses (1-20 employees) who have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that Main St. businesses are the backbone of our economy. Their strong threads weave through our nation, tying communities together, and without them, we all suffer. It’s these businesses that have supported BBB services for over a century, so being able to give back in a time of crucial need is an honor. Apply or Sponsor Today

 

2020 MassMEDIC IGNITE MedTech Growth Challenge

A training, mentorship and networking program designed to attract and nurture the next generation of Boston-area MedTech founders and entrepreneurs. IGNITE Cohort benefits include: Potential prizes of up to $70,000 in cash and services available, Exclusive pitch opportunity to senior leaders at MedTech’s top companies, Unparalleled Master Classes and training sessions run by legal, financial, business, entrepreneurial and MedTech experts and professors, Access to industry thought leaders in intimate, invite-only gatherings, One-on-one expert mentoring, Complimentary Membership to MassMEDIC for one year, Discounted and Complimentary access to premiere MedTech events, Publicity and awareness for selected ventures and Participation in DeviceTalks MedTech Showcase. Apply Today

 

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

 

DCU Fintech Innovation Center

Applications for the DCU FinTech Innovation Center’s Summer 2020 cohort (Class Eight) are now open! Now more than ever, the world needs FinTech to solve systemic problems, and the Center is here to support you. They’ve worked with over sixty of startups and recently expanded globally supporting world class entrepreneurs in Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco. They’re committed to each of their companies, providing access to countless C-Suite level mentors, personal time with all DCU executives, over $250,000 in FinTech specific partnerships focused on growth, one year of free office space in the heart of Downtown Boston, and access to a FinTech network for no equity or fees. Apply Today

 

Present Your Tech Startup Live at Boston New Technology

Want to exhibit and present for 100-250 people and receive publicity with BNT's 27k members/subscribersIt’s free for New England startup founders. Coming up: FinTech & Blockchain, HealthTech, Clean/Green Tech & Energy, AI & IoT, AR/VR/MR, CyberSecurity & More. Please share the opportunity with your friends! Learn More and Sign Up

 

Want Free Publicity for Your Events?

BNT is building a new events calendar to offer members more online events and more local live events. If you are running or participating in any free and/or not-for-profit startup, tech, health or business events, virtual or live, please submit the website or registration URL and we will add it to BNT's events calendar and email newsletters to 27k. Submit Your Event(s)

 

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

 

The Capital Network Fellowship

Calling Female Founders! Application for The Capital Network Fellowship for Female Entrepreneurs is open through February 28th! It provides a FREE six-month membership and unlimited access to all the educational fundraising programs and resources TCN has to offer! Apply to get the education, mentorship, network and support you need to grow your business. More Information Here

 

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

 

The Capital Network: Launchpad on Demand Office hours from your computer

First Thursday of every month. A great opportunity for entrepreneurs! Get real time feedback from experienced angel investors, without the pressure of a formal pitch session. You’ve got questions and we have answers! Entrepreneur participation is capped to allow for a 3-3 ratio of angels to entrepreneurs giving you the best one on one discussion, all from the comfort of your computer or mobile device. Launchpad members are ready to answer your most burning questions and give you practical advice on what steps to take next. Learn More and Sign Up

 

iFundWomen Boston

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!

Free Resources:

iFundWomen - Free Crowdfunding Webinars and Great Resources

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

Download the Massachusetts Innovation Economy 2019 Report.

Boston Innovation Guide

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.

Join the Greater Boston Startups Group on facebook

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

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