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Grant Funding

Lever Challenges offer $25,000 awards in non-dilutive grant funding to early stage companies through its Challenge programs. Lever specifies qualifying business verticals such as advanced manufacturing or health technology. Lever selects finalists, helps ready them for a juried pitch competition, and then supports the winning team during an incubation phase and beyond.

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The Berkshire Sustainability Challenge

Clean Energy

The Berkshire Sustainability Challenge is a competition that will award a $20,000 innovation grant to the startup that presents the most scalable clean energy business model. Startups selected as finalists will receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by MassCEC. The winner of the innovation grant will be incubated at Lever for four months at no cost

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Berkshire Health Technology Challenge

The Berkshire Health Technology Challenge (BHTC) will provide equity-free seed funding for the startup that presents the most scalable and investable healthcare products or services. The purpose of this challenge is to attract and support entrepreneurs with a scalable innovation in health technology.

Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge

We seek entrepreneurs who wish to build regional businesses that will create jobs in the Mohawk Trail region. Examples of qualifying businesses include woodland-related tourism, woodcraft, and woodland-derived natural products. Any entrepreneur seeking to establish and grow a sustainable, woodland-related business should apply. To participate, the entrepreneurs or their businesses must be located in a Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership (MTWP) member town.

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Berkshire Manufacturing Challenge

The Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (BMIC) will provide equity-free seed funding for the startup that presents the most scalable and investable manufacturing business model that will yield products or services that may be utilized in the life sciences.

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