1. VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

    VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

    Valley Venture Mentor's third annual Accelerator program may have been capped by the grants given to a dozen of its participants at a recent awards ceremony, but participants say the rewards of the program go far beyond dollars, encompassing everything from intensive business training and expert advice to exposure in the marketplace and critical networking. These entrepreneurs’ ideas are often potentially world-changing; VVM’s goal is to help turn that potential into reality.

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