The $1500 stipend subsidy is available to help employers hire an intern from Lever’s Inclusive Internship Preparation Program (I2P2), which offers job and internship application help to college students from populations under-represented in the Berkshire workforce.
These wood-based businesses now begin a startup acceleration to refine their business plans and pitches and work with mentors; the Challenge will culminate in a final pitch event in May 2022, where the winning company will receive a $25,000 innovation grant from Lever.
All eight finalists will participate in a three-month accelerator program run by Lever, including an intensive series of lean startup workshops and tailored mentoring from experts to develop their innovative tool, streamline their business plan, and work on their go-to-market strategy.
With the theme "Innovating Innovation," this two-day event will feature intrapreneurs who "innovate from within" mature companies, a discussion of rural innovation, and presentations from leaders who are innovating for inclusion.
Keva Health, developers of a remote monitoring platform to help physicians treating asthma patients and an app for patients to better manage their condition, was awarded $40,000 to continue developing their business
Over the next two months, participants will refine their business plans and will deliver their final pitches to a panel of judges at the BHTC virtual event on June 10. The winning company will be awarded $25,000.
Over the next few weeks, these business owners will work with Lever to refine their business plans and goals. The winner will receive a $25,000 award to advance their business at the final Challenge pitch event on March 11.
Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge (MTEC), which seeks entrepreneurs building regional businesses that will create jobs in the Mohawk Trail region, is now accepting applications, and one business owner will receive $25,000 to advance their project.
Lever and the City of North Adams have been awarded $65,000 and $20,000, respectively, through a state grant program to support forest stewardship and conservation, trail improvements, and nature-based tourism in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP) region.