Watertown, MA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
The Perkins Assistive Technology Prize supplies $ 25,000 in incentive grants to entrepreneurs who focus on improving opportunities and quality of life for folks with disabilities as part of MassChallenge 2013. Perkins is offering the grants, drawn from a donation earmarked for technological options, to promote their global mission to empower people with disabilities to reach their individual possible.
Applicants to MassChallenge, the worlds biggest accelerator system and startup competition, get a $ one hundred refund against the $ 199 entry fee when they apply by this noon (EST) Wednesday, March 6, 2013. All entries are due by April 3, 2013.
Founded in 1829 as the 1st school for the blind in the United States, the Perkins now touches the lives of much more than 600,000 people in 67 nations far beyond the historic Watertown, Massachusetts, campus. Notably, MassChallenge draws entrants from around the world and has gone international this year.
Administered via MassChallenge, Perkins Assistive Technology Prize encourages the development of new, low- and higher-technologies devices or software program that could significantly enhance the top quality of life for folks with disabilities. Such assistive technology could apply to any sector of life (education, transportation, recreation, communications, vocational, and so on.). The made could address a particular group of folks with a disability (vision loss, hearing loss, mobility, etc.), or have a much more universal market place application. Particulars and application at http://www.MassChallenge.org.
Joining with MassChallenge is a organic for us, says Perkins President Steven Rothstein. Its in everyones interest to urge entrepreneurs to contemplate accessibility simply because much better access for people with disabilities means much better access for all. Perkins has a 184-year history of innovation in educating individuals who are blind or deafblind.
Assistive technologies makes it possible for folks with disabilities to be productive workers, to procedure information, and to place their tips into action. Innovation can be applied in countless techniques to supply mobility for men and women with physical disabilities, communication access for those with hearing or vision loss, and adaptations we have but to picture. Together, Perkins and MassChallenge can place entrepreneurs imaginations in motion to locate new techniques to leap more than disability to productivity and independence.
Perkins gives education, solutions and merchandise to people who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired with other disabilities, to build much more productive and meaningful lives. Perkins pursues this mission both locally and globally. Founded in 1829, Perkins reaches a lot more than a half million people every year in 67 countries around the globe. The organization advances its mission through its a variety of divisions: College for the Blind, International, Library, eLearning, and Items. Discover more at http://www.Perkins.org.
MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the initial to assistance higher-influence, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached.
Rewards for startups incorporate:
:: Four-month accelerator plan. Globe-class mentorship and coaching, free office space, access to funding, legal guidance, cofounders, media exposure and far more.
:: Over $ 1M in Cash Awards. $ 10M+ in-kind assistance.
:: Open to all. Any early-stage startup can enter, from anyplace in the world, in any sector.
:: No equity taken. No restrictions applied.