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    1. Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

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      Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills is open and starting to grow.  “We opened Thanksgiving Eve,” said brewer Nick Morin. “It was snowing, and we had a full house.”  If you go they will give you a sampler of five different craft beers to try.
      Francine Kulig came in Friday night with her husband and her sister-in-law.  “We all liked a different beer,” she said.  Morin said his most popular beer is called the “Baby-Maker,” named because he was brewing it when his wife was a week and a half past her due date when she was expecting their ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Ludlow Mills   Easthampton

    2. Off to a Roaring Start

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      Off to a Roaring Start

      “I think it’s important for any entrepreneur to map and frame out their ideas, utilize the networks that are in the community, and not be afraid to take advice along the way,” said Berry, who served the MSDC as deputy director. “There are individuals out there who have a tremendous amount of proven experience in establishing companies and moving them forward. If you have a vision or dream, and once you get through that fear of risk and get over that hurdle, you utilize the resources available and push your dream forward.”  Today, Berry is definitely practicing what he ...

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    3. Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

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      Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      HitPoint Studios will move its offices from Amherst to Springfield after a group of local investors committed $1.25 million to the company in an effort to keep it in Western Massachusetts. The mobile and video game developer received competing offers from the Silicon Valley and Boston areas, contingent upon moving there. In a statement, River Valley Investors Chairman John Goodhue said HitPoint is "exciting" and now it "will grow right here."

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    4. ACCGS Business@Breakfast to Tout Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

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      ACCGS Business@Breakfast to Tout Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

      The entrepreneurial spirit of the region will take center stage at the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield’s Business@Breakfast on Jan. 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Ludlow Country Club, One Tony Lema Dr., Ludlow. Paul Silva, executive director of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), will discuss “Putting the PIONEER Back in Pioneer Valley.” He will be joined by Natasha Clark, founder of LionessMagazine.com, a Western Mass.-based, all-digital magazine for the female entrepreneur.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    5. Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

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      Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

      Dr. Keroack along with state and city economic development officials opened TechSpring Friday at the MassLive building, 1350 Main St., the former One Financial Plaza. Funded with a $5.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, TechSpring is a "collision space" and collaborative where innovators in the health care technology field can work with Baystate, gaining access to its data and to its expertise in return for developing technologies that help improve people's health, said Managing Director Christian Lagier, himself an import from Denmark via Silicon Valley in California.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    6. Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

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      Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

      Friday is the official ribbon-cutting for a new shared workspace in Springfield focused on testing and deploying new health care technologies. Baystate Health, the big nonprofit healthcare system that spawned the space, has dubbed it the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. But that sounds like a name coughed up by a committee, and Christian Lagier, a former entrepreneur and business development executive who will run it, says he expects everyone will call it TechSpring.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health   Springfield

    7. UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

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      UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

      The University of Massachusetts system spun off a record six start up companies in the past year while at the same time generating $30 million in licensing revenue by bringing technology developed at its campuses to market.  This is the eight straight year UMass has generated $30 million, according to a news release issued this week.
      Three of the new companies are developed from UMass Amherst technology. The other three are from medical school.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    8. Springfield restaurant cook-off: Contest here with downtown location as prize would follow similar promotions in Iowa, Indiana | masslive

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      Springfield restaurant cook-off: Contest here with downtown location as prize would follow similar promotions in Iowa, Indiana | masslive

      A 'Chopped'-style restaurant cook-off with a downtown eatery location as the prize isn't just a flaky idea getting chewed on by the Springfield Business Improvement District.  Instead, it is a strategy Iowa farm towns have used to enliven their business district and add variety to their restaurant scene. A restaurant contest is a tool urban Evansville, Indiana, chose to help enliven a street corner that, like Springfield, lost its vibrant retail trade to suburban malls.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    9. Photos: Students from 14 Western Massachusetts colleges gather for entrepreneurship conference in Springfield | masslive

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      Photos: Students from 14 Western Massachusetts colleges gather for entrepreneurship conference in Springfield | masslive

      The 10th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference featured 650 people registered representing 14 area colleges and over 55 local businesses and organizations at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Friday.  Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate and support college students to turn their ideas into small businesses. Students began the day collaborating on teams representing several colleges and universities for the “Change-It-Up” competition to create solutions for college and university campuses based on a contemporary problem they see emerging on their campuses with rapidly changing technology and expectations of ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    10. Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      The Springfield Innovation Hub will be one of the tenants in the Springfield Innovation Center being created by DevelopSpringfield in 16,450 square feet of space now owned by DevelopSpringfield at 270 and 276-284 Bridge St. facing the park.  He hopes to have the cafe, once planned for the former Cobalt space at City Stage, open in April 2015. Bean said the idea moved when DevelopSpringfield firmed up its plans for Bridge Street.  The location is right around the corner from where New England Public Radio opened its new studios and offices this week.  The Springfield Innovation Center received $2 ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Springfield

    11. White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

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      White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

      Berry said the company has initial plans to explore options for bringing the brewing operations within the Springfield city limits. “It’s a two-phase process,” he said. “Phase one is to introduce the product and the brand and let the beer, the brand and the compelling story resonate in the area [to create] organic growth and strategic growth. We’ll do that all while trying to identify 9,000 to 10,000 square feet to bring a multi-barrel production facility, job creation and a landmark where folks can go and do some tasting right here in the city of Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    12. Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield will transform two neighboring vacant Bridge Street buildings into the Springfield Innovation Center, a nursery and proving ground for the next generation of Springfield start-up companies.  The center would combine the Valley Venture Mentors cooperative work-space and advising programs along with an innovation cafe and rental space for companies that have outgrown Valley Venture Mentors' space but are not yet ready to fully strike out on their own, said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    13. White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

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      White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

      White Lion Brewing, Springfield's first craft brewery, held a launch party at Springfield Museums Tuesday night, drawing an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 300 guests. Founded by Raymond Berry, the nascent operation currently contract brews in Ipswich, but hopes to open a brewing plant in downtown Springfield within the next two years. The event was populated by movers and shakers in the city, including Mayor Domenic Sarno, former state Sen. Brian P. Lees and others. "This is great for Springfield. Ray has really done this the right way," Lees said. "As a former marketing major, he really ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst

    14. Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

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      Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      A private firm, Solar Design Associates, is expected to discuss their plans for a Solar Artisan Village at Wednesday’s meeting of the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that would be built on the former state school grounds.The Aug. 6 meeting at Lawrence Memorial Hall begins at 7 p.m. According to a company representative, James Kelly, the concept would be called BelArts.  “The Solar Artisan Village will be a working environment that creates jobs and revenue for Belchertown. The new village, in the heart of Belchertown, will be home to entrepreneurs, start-ups and a creative economy.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    15. Promising Venture | BusinessWest

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      Promising Venture | BusinessWest

      In addition, MassMutual will invest more than $1.5 million over the next three years in a startup accelerator managed by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), an entrepreneur-mentoring network based in Springfield. The first class of the accelerator will feature 30 startups to be selected through a competitive application process later this summer. DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the city, has been tasked with building out the physical location for the accelerator in the Tower Square building downtown.  “We’re building off a mentorship program that we’ve been running now for three and a half years,” said Scott Foster ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Nick Fyntrilakis

    16. Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

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      Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

      The foundation founded by Grinspoon and his wife Diane Troderman, in 1993, established and funds the popular PJ LIbrary program. The program provides free Jewish content books and CDs to children, six months to eight years of age, being raised on Jewish values by their family. Locally, it is under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. The foundation, through its partners, has distributed more than 10 million books to children in this country, Israel, Mexico and elsewhere.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    17. MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

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      MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

      Springfield-based MassMutual announced Thursday that it has formed MassMutual Ventures, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm focused on backing startups and businesses whose technologies could transform core insurance, retirement and asset-management industries. The new fund is managed by Doug Russell, MassMutual’s senior vice president, strategy and corporate development; Eric Emmons, who joined the firm after serving as the head of Siemens Venture Capital North America for the past five years; and Mark Goodman, who founded and managed two technology focused venture capital funds, Terawatt Ventures and Brookline Ventures. The new firm will manage its worldwide investments from its ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    18. Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

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      Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      The Springfield Innovation Café is still in its conceptual phase, but once realized, it has the potential to be to innovators in Western Massachusetts what the Student Prince and Fort Dining Room has been for the region’s politicians and businessmen. As envisioned by Paul Silva and Delcie Bean, the café will feature white boards, computers and, of course, Internet access. It will feature long hours to allow those in the innovation business time to gather before, during and after work to share ideas, brainstorm and think through solutions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Student Prince   Valley Venture Mentors

    19. Editorial: Springfield Tech Foundry to help high school students become innovators

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      Editorial: Springfield Tech Foundry to help high school students become innovators

      The brainchild of Delcie Bean, the Springfield Tech Foundry opened its doors to its first class of high school students Monday with a visit from Gov. Deval Patrick timed to the unpacking of their brand new laptops. Operating from ninth floor space at 1391 Main St., the program will train high school students in the soft and technical skills they need to land entry-level jobs in high technology immediately following their year’s worth of training.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    20. Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

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      Valley Venture Mentors accelerator to receive $100000 from MassTech

      Valley Venture Mentors received a $100,000  grant Monday from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative toward VVM's planned accelerator, a collaborative work space for young high-tech startup companies in Downtown's Tower Square. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grant Monday during a visit to what backers are calling the Springfield Innovation District. Other stops included Tech Foundry, a computer science program for high school students, located nearby at 1391 Main St., and a third stop to Baystate Innovation Center, a business incubator program of Baystate Health located in 1350 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassMutual   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

    21. Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe won't really be about serving a cup of coffee, said Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers behind the venture.  It will be about serving Springfield tech-savvy entrepreneurs by giving them a place to hang out, charge up - be it with caffeine or with electricity - and bounce ideas off each other.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    22. MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

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      MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

      At the Western Mass. Developers Conference last Thursday, MassMutual President, CEO, and Chairman Roger Crandall announced that the corporation will be investing $6.5 million in initiatives to assist fledgling businesses in Springfield. This is a major step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Springfield, and a commitment that could create considerable momentum in a city that needs some. The company announced that it will create a $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield, and also commit $1.5 million over the next three years to support the ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    23. Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

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      Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

      Jeanie Beresford, of Suffield, Conn., is the owner and maker of Blessed Creek People and Earth Friendly Soaps, an entrepreneurship that placed her with eight other idea-generators at the first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights.  Such events are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies, said organizers, who said similar ones have been held since 2009 in eastern Massachusetts.  Beresford said she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and by 2008, she had lost tolerance for being ill.

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    24. Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

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      Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Anthony Grandoit, a Springfield Technical Community College student took first place at the Awards Ceremony & Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. elevator pitch competition pitching a “faster, cleaner, convenient way to keep your baby fed”. Facing a crowd of more than 450 attendees,. Grandoit convinced a panel of bank judges that his pitch for Baby Keurig was the best. Mike Mullen from UMass Amherst took second place for his business concept Kloudbook, a mobile app to keep track of all of your contact information. Finally, Scott Abdow, a student at Greenfield Community College, took third place ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

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