1. Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

    Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

    Valley Venture Mentors awarded $252,000 in funding to the 12 finalists in its startup accelerator competition during a ceremony at the MassMutual Center Thursday evening. Companies, ranging from app developers to manufacturers of silencers for firearms, received awards of between $6,000 and $50,000, with judges allocating the money following a months-long process of boot camps and pitching sessions.  The evening's biggest winner was Celia Grace, an Amherst-based fair trade wedding dress retailer and designer that took in $50,000.

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