The goal of the challenge is to attract and develop new arts enterprises to join the Northern Berkshire cultural economy. The successful applicants will show that they can leverage existing cultural assets in the region and have the potential to attract investment.
Getting a great idea or service to market can be challenging, even for those with business savvy.
That's why 1Berkshire and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are building on last year's Business Bootcamp to create a free program aimed at "fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Berkshires."
Networking is a big part of the mission of Lever, which "supports local economic development by creating and growing enterprises that leverage local assets, including the talents of young people from our region's colleges," according to its website.
Nuclea Biotechnologies' former CEO Patrick Muraca is accused of misusing investor funds for his new start up company.
On Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in federal court accusing Muraca of using funds from investors for NanoMolecularDX, a new company Muraca started in Lee, to fund personal expenses, including funding his fiancee's restaurant business.
Twenty-seven teams of two to five students entered the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge last fall, the first-ever competition held by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and funded by the Feigenbaum Fund and Jack and Susy Wadsworth. After months of research, planning, and guidance by mentors, four finalist teams stood to present their business plans.