New England high tech companies: Apply for a $20K grant from the UMass Lowell Research Institute Northstar Campus SBIR Center. Eligible companies (i) are operating in New England (ii) have fewer than 30 people (iii) are high tech / tough tech, (iv) have at least 10% DOD business. (v) have not previously won an award with them. Companies having won a DOD SBIR or STTR (Phase I or beyond) and are dual-use are preferred. Applications are due by April 27. More information here.

Applications are now being accepted for the IGNITE 2021 Cohort. IGNITE is a virtual accelerator offering an experiential training, mentorship and networking curriculum to attract and nurture the next generation of medtech founders and entrepreneurs. IGNITE Cohort members get access to medtech, financial, business and legal experts as well as the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and in-kind services. Applications are due April 30. More information here.

Applications are open for the 36th New England Innovation Awards. Innovative start-ups receive support in strategic positioning and communications, target market definition and prioritization, publicity and brand awareness building, and and connections to an extensive network of business leaders and investors. The deadline is April 30. 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.

Parallel18 is an accelerator program based in Puerto Rico and they’re calling for applications. Parallel18 provides: $40K grant (equity-free); A network of active investors; Connections to multinationals; Hands-on mentorship; $75K follow-on matching fund; and tech perks to help you grow. Application deadline is May 10. More information here.

Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy – This program is designed for entrepreneurs focused on building a world where people and nature can thrive together. In 2021 this program hopes to provide hybrid virtual/ in-person programming, if possible, dependent on COVID-19 conditions. Application deadline is May 12. More information here.

Visible Hands is a pre-seed investment fund with a fellowship program supporting underrepresented talent in finding their co-founding teams and building venture-backed, technology-driven startups. Through this fellowship, Visible Hands provides investments of up to $200k, company building-services, and access to a national network of industry experts, founders, and investors. Application deadline is May 14. 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.

The ‘Next Steminist’ scholarship program for young women to pursue careers in STEM are $10,000 awards designed to help female undergraduates get started in STEM and pave the way for the next generation of technology leaders and innovators. Applications are open until May 17. More information here.

Retail Business Services is joining up with fellow Ahold Delhaize USA companies and Venture Cafe Cambridge for SEED, a program to help early-stage entrepreneurs seeking to jump into the retail grocery sector. Applications for the 10-week immersion program are open to startups until May 31. More information here.

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Mass Tech Intern Partnership, a program that reimburses qualified companies for hiring Massachusetts students as interns. The Intern Partnership program offers $3,200 stipends to eligible Massachusetts tech companies for the purpose of hiring summer interns. Applications are due by June 30. 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.