The Berkshire Angel Network links local entrepreneurs with potential investors to purchase interest in start-up or early phase business ventures. The network provides entrepreneurs a source of potential seed capital and investors have an opportunity to explore and analyze prospective business enterprises.
BUSINESS LOANS-SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
The SBA provides assistance to U.S. small businesses in four primary areas: advocacy, management, procurement, and financial assistance.
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND (ETF)
MassDevelopment’s Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) supports innovation and growth in Massachusetts by providing loans and guarantees for technology-based manufacturing facilities and equipment.
IndieGoGo.com offers anyone with an idea – creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial – the tools to effectively build a campaign and raise money.
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers and more. It is a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. Kickstarter is solely fro projects, it cannot be used to fund charity projects or causes.
MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Massachusetts Business Development Corporation’s mission has always been to provide loans and investment capital to growing companies in Massachusetts.
MASSACHUSETS TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIVE (MTC)
Renewable Energy Trust offers competitive grants for businesses interested in renewable and clean energy projects.
MASSACHUSETTS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (MTDC)
The Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), a leading edge venture capital firm that addresses the “capital gap” for start-up and expansion of early-stage technology companies operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
PITTSFIELD ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION CORPORATION (PERC)
PERC’s primary purpose is to further the economic development and social welfare of the City of Pittsfield and Berkshire County. Fostering increased employment opportunities and facilitate growth and development of small businesses through the administration of the CDBG Small Business Loan Program, Economic Development Loan Fund, CDBG Technical Assistance Grants and the State Small Business Technical Assistance Grants.
ProFounder is an online crowdfunding platform that provides tools for entrepreneurs to raise their investment capital from their communities. Your community is defined as people with whom you have a substantial, pre-existing relationship, this group may include your friends, family, and people you know. You have 30 days to reach your fundraising goal in order to receive the capital pledged.
Quirky currently focuses on developing consumer products that could retail for under $150 and don’t involve integrated software such as mobile applications, business ideas, and complex electronics. Innovators who submit product ideas will receive detailed analytics related to our online community’s feedback and input on their ideas, which can be used as a form of market research. Once the idea has passed all phases, the product is marketed on Quirky’s website.
SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) & BUSINESS TECHONOLOGY TRANSFER (STTR)
Federal grants for technology companies for research and development assistance
THE MASSACHUSETTS BANKING PARTNERS SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM
New small business loan program designed to improve access to financing by very small businesses that are receiving one-on-one assistance and training from small business assistance providers.
WORKFORCE TRAINING FUND (WTF)
The Workforce Training Fund provides resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees.