Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces its 2021 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge. Each senior will present their business plan in a recorded eight-minute pitch to the judges, Mayor Tom Bernard and Bruce Lessels, founder of Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont.

The MCLA community is invited to cast their vote on the proposals from 5 p.m. Monday, May 3, to 8 a.m. Friday, May 7. To watch and vote, visit lnk.mcla.edu/thechallenge.

The judges will deliberate and the community votes will be tallied to determine the winners. The first-place project will be awarded $7,500, second place $5,000, and third place $2,500 toward start-up funding to cover inventory, equipment, and marketing for the business.

The winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, at lnk.mcla.edu/thechallenge.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989. She can be reached at jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.