1. 'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

    'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

    Their enterprise was one of several winners of grants, ranging from $700 to $6,000, awarded at Wednesday night's Valley Venture Mentors Collegiate Accelerator Graduation at Tower Square. The grants totaling $25,000 help graduates establish their businesses. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield-based nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs in Western Massachusetts. Twenty students from nine area colleges graduated Wednesday.

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    1. There is something comforting about your native cultural dishes, the flavors and the spices.
    2. This is a family recipe and it is gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and very low in fat. We also want to source all of our ingredients locally.
    3. You always hear about Indian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, but you never see Nepalese food, and we want to spread our culture to the United States through these sauces.
    4. We really want to engage the college talent we have here in Western Massachusetts. We wanted them to know they don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York, there is an incredible opportunity to take their ideas or business to the next level, right here.
    5. We have such a diversity of talent and ideas in this group. They have all brought an energy and optimism, and out-of-the-box thinking, which has really been unprecedented.
    6. I started on Instagram in November and we are currently up to 21,000 followers on social media and have shared 400 stories of LGBTQ travelers from around the world.
    7. I have been performing for 10 years, so I know the struggle of trying to fill a venue or get recording time.
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