NORTH ADAMS — Small-business accelerator Lever is accepting applications for its 2021 Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge. The application deadline is July 16.

Berkshire County companies are encouraged to submit their ideas for a new product or service to this contest. The winner will receive a $25,000 Lever Innovation Grant to continue developing their idea.

Up to 10 qualifying companies will be invited to compete on a first-come, first-served basis. All challenge participants will be given access to Lever-run workshops designed to validate and commercialize their innovation while minimizing the time and resources that are needed.

The finalists will participate in a pitch contest before a panel of judges that will be held in conjunction with Lever's Innovation Summit on Sept. 23 at the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield. Registration: