NORTH ADAMS — Applications are being accepted for the Berkshire Sustainability Challenge, sponsored by small business accelerator Lever Inc. The winner will receive a $20,000 innovation grant, while startups selected as finalists will receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by MassCEC. Scholarships are provided on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of MassCEC.
The winner of the innovation grant will be incubated at Lever for four months at no cost. Lever will provide access to top leaders within the clean energy industry as mentors; one-on-one coaching; and customized workshops.
To be eligible, business models must have high growth potential, yield technology products or services with clean energy applications, and leverage one or more pre-existing asset in the Berkshire region.
The application deadline is Aug. 26. Workshops will take place Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18. The final event is Dec. 2.