1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

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      Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

      Whiteley took first place in the live 'elevator pitch' portion of the event. Her product is 'a fashionable self-protecting wallet that opens based on a thumb print, and can be tracked through a phone app,' according to HCC, which was represented by more than 50 students and faculty members.  She also won an award from the Springfield-based Valley Venture Mentors, a cash prize and the chance for an internship with The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Smith College

    2. Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

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      Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

      Hussain is the founder of Jeneyus, a company that specializes in developing websites and mobile applications. Since starting the company two years ago, he and his team of more than a dozen developers have created several mobile applications, though Hussain said he is still shocked by the success the company's latest venture.  The mobile application is an adventure game featuring the young Internet star. It begins with TerRio knocking on his grandfather's door, saying his famous line 'Ooh, kill em,' then taking off down the street. The object of the game is to run through traffic, ducking traffic ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

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      Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

      Members of the Holyoke High School Business Club April 8 visited businesses including Edaron Inc. at 100 Appleton St., which uses die cutting and mounting paper products to manufacture jigsaw puzzles and board games; Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative of artists, engineers, designers and fabricators at 400 Dwight St., where they saw a glass-blowing demonstration; and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street, an academic research facility.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    4. Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

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      Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

      A mop that greatly reduces the likelihood of work-related injuries and a GPS tracker for the family pet that also collects data on exercise. These are just two of the ideas that were turned into promising startups with the guidance of Valley Venture Mentors, a non-profit mentoring and acceleration program headquartered at Tower Square. VVM hosted a small pitch session on Friday at the end of a daylong tour of innovative businesses hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    5. BRICK workshop in Holyoke gets artists to collaborate and create | masslive

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      BRICK workshop in Holyoke gets artists to collaborate and create | masslive

      Bookbinder and silkscreen artist Lisa Hersey still had ink on her fingers when 70 bankers, lawyers, engineers and business owners filed into her workspace at BRICK CoWorkshop in Holyoke on Friday afternoon.  They were there as part of an entrepreneurship tour of the Pioneer Valley organized by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.  They watched as she laid out her creations, including one of 26 carefully made book-like boxes she'd created for a poet. Each box held a single cassette tape on which a poem had been recorded. The boxes $50.  'I haven't listened to the tape ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Springfield's Waterdog Technologies expanding with funding boost from River Valley Investors | masslive

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      Springfield's Waterdog Technologies expanding with funding boost from River Valley Investors | masslive

      A prominent and influential group of investors has provided a local technology distribution firm with $500,000 in funding, designed to catalyze the company's growth and keep it in the city.  River Valley Investors is a group of angel investors who help prop up new local businesses with solid growth potential. The Springfield Venture Fund created by MassMutual for the same purpose, plus individual businesspeople, contributed to this investment.  Waterdog Technologies, founded in 2013 and located at 1391 Main St., provides information technology products to businesses that will resell them to the end-user. Some of their products include Avast ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. Entrepreneurship Tour: UMass uses business startups as a teaching tool | masslive

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      Entrepreneurship Tour: UMass uses business startups as a teaching tool | masslive

      If a UMass student uses the campus' growing entrepreneurship programs to found that billion-dollar business in a dorm room, that is great, said Bill Wooldridge, director of the year-old Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.  He was one of about 20 University of Massachusetts Amherst speakers Friday during a day-long entrepreneurship tour of the Pioneer Valley organized by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.  More than 50 business and civic leaders attended the tour, which will also include stops at the BRICK maker space in Holyoke and TechSpring in Springfield.


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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    8. How UMass Amherst students' FogKicker invention could change your car's windshield | masslive

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      How UMass Amherst students' FogKicker invention could change your car's windshield | masslive

      As part of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council 2015 Innovation Tour on Friday, a UMass Amherst student presented a product called FogKicker, a coating technology with potential applications for millions of people.
      After winning the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge and its $25,000 top prize last month, the FogKicker team is looking to keep moving toward capturing a piece of the market.  YinYong Li, a PhD candidate at the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, described FogKicker's potential and how it works.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. Western Mass EDC to host tour highlighting role of co-working spaces in innovation economy | masslive

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      Western Mass EDC to host tour highlighting role of co-working spaces in innovation economy | masslive

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts hopes to show Friday that the future is here in the form of Holyoke's Brick Coworkshop for craftspeople and artists, the GeckSkin adhesives developed at UMass Amherst based on gecko biology, and Baystate Health's TechSpring innovation center in Springfield.  The EDC will lead business and civic leaders on a tour featuring all these projects and more Friday. More than 50 people are expected to attend. The tour begins in Springfield, goes to UMass Amherst, and to the Brick Corworkshop on Dwight Street in Holyoke before returning to TechSpring and Valley Venture ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Baystate Health

    10. Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation elevator pitch competition offers cash awards | masslive

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      Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation elevator pitch competition offers cash awards | masslive

      Six local banks will sponsor a live elevator pitch competition at the twelfth annual Awards Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative.  Representatives from each bank will also serve as judges at the annual event planned for April 22 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. The banks are: Berkshire Bank, Country Bank for Savings, First Niagara Bank, PeoplesBank, United Bank, and Westfield Bank, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    11. Planting Seeds

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      Planting Seeds

      “Harold’s vision is for college students to understand that entrepreneurship is not only a viable option, but also a prestigious one,” said Cari Carpenter, director of entrepreneurship initiatives at the Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.  “Over the past 12 years, we have engaged all 14 colleges in the Valley in an endeavor to collaborate to really support students exploring those career options,” she added. “I really think the fact that we have this intercollegiate collaboration, where each college has a faculty-member liaison on campus, and they encourage students to participate in our high-profile events, encourages business creation in the Pioneer Valley.”

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    12. HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

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      HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

      Less than a month after coming to the city from Amherst, game developer HitPoint Studios has announced another major business move.  HitPoint is using a $2 million investment package to build a new platform on mobile devices and smart TVs, a sort-of Netflix for gamers, but with a lot more bells and whistles.  MassMutual's Springfield Venture Fund, River Valley Investors and independent investors put up more than half of the money to help the company build and release the platform.

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    13. Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

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      Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) will host its inaugural Accelerator Awards event Thursday, April 30 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  The event will honor recent graduates of its new Accelerator Program, which is currently grooming 29 startup teams from all over the Pioneer Valley for success by imparting meaningful business knowledge, structure and tools.  During the awards ceremony, the organization will award grants of up to $50,000 each to startup teams selected as finalists. The April 30 event runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include a lively networking reception as well as a ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    14. Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

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      Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

      Western Mass is experiencing an Entrepreneurial Renaissance and I invite you to join me on April 10, 2015 to see first-hand highlights of this work in action! I believe you will be impressed and inspired. The tour will leave Springfield by Peter Pan Bus for UMass Amherst to see how student teams and faculty are innovating and formulating new ventures, and the entrepreneurship programs that support them.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    15. Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

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      Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

      Tasked with a way to use all those T-shirts donated to Goodwill Industries that cannot be sold again as T-shirts, a group of Western New England University students, all seniors, cut the shirts into strips and braided them into a knotted dog toy.  Goodwill liked it. Their professors liked it. Their peers liked it. But the final evaluation was made by an energetic pit bull/boxer mix owned by one of their professors.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Westfield

    16. Petsimpl entrepreneur Dave Waymouth says loyal customers proved key to his crowd-funding success | masslive

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      Petsimpl entrepreneur Dave Waymouth says loyal customers proved key to his crowd-funding success | masslive

      As it turns out, Kurt - one of Waymouth's 'overly vocal' Kickstarter backers with an insatiable appetite for questions - may define true crowd-funding success.  'Really, we all need a Kurt. At the end of the day, he's a loyal customer, and that's exactly what I want,' Waymouth told an audience of over 20 budding entrepreneurs during a February crowd-funding workshop held at Valley Venture Mentors, a nonprofit based in Springfield that provides key support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem through its mentorship and accelerator programs.  Waymouth is the founder of Petsimpl, a company that has created a product called ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Valley Venture Mentors

    17. Outlook 2015: Valley Venture Mentors helped entrepreneur Dan Koval bring his inventions to marketplace | masslive

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      Outlook 2015: Valley Venture Mentors helped entrepreneur Dan Koval bring his inventions to marketplace | masslive

      Dan Koval's resume looked pretty impressive with 10 years at General Electric, including stints in sales and international business development for which he traveled the globe, from England and Hungary to India and China.  But he had something nudging at him. It was a desire he'd had since he was a kid, to be his own boss.  And, he also had a creative drive to come up with an invention, or two - or many.  Koval was an adventurer without an adventure.  His life changed in 2002 when the Great Barrington resident finally acted on his entrepreneurial spirit and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    18. Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

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      Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors held a grand opening party on Friday, opening the doors to their new accelerator space in Tower Square.  Within the space, VVM will offer coworking, training and event rooms for community and innovation parters in the area. Additionally, the mentorship program will serve as home base for 30 growing business accepted into their accelerator class.  Entrepenuers in the program are enrolled in a rigorus training program that works to overcome typical causes of startups to fail. At the end of the program, they are eligible to win $50,000.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Valley Venture Mentors

    19. Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

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      Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      That was the case with people named Elvis, Ringo, and Tiger (OK, his real name is Eldrick). And, to a lesser extent, it’s working for the 29-year-old that BusinessWest has chosen to be its Top Entrepreneur for 2014 — Delcie Bean. Or just ‘Delcie,’ because that’s all that’s generally required when he becomes the subject of conversation. That’s true in part because, well, let’s face it, there are not many Delcies out there. But it’s also because Bean, in just a few years, has become a dominant force in the business community — and also with ...

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    20. Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, helps design solar-electric taxi

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      Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, helps design solar-electric taxi

      Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, a junior electrical engineering major, is one of five University of Massachusetts at Lowell students who designed, built and tested a prototype solar-electric-powered taxi which can ferry passengers at 25 mph without consuming a single drop of gas. The prototype has received the attention of the government of Kazakhstan, which has expressed interest in applying the technology in its country. Kazakhstan’s leaders have provided the students $27,000 in seed money to develop a similar solar-electric taxi for exhibition at the Astana Future Energy Expo in 2017. The taxi uses a 150-watt solar panel ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    21. Playing for Keeps

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      Playing for Keeps

      The video-game-development company that he and Paul Hake started in 2008 has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings and now employs about 35 people. Based first in Greenfield, then Hatfield, and most recently in Amherst, the firm relocated to downtown Springfield last week, thanks to a commitment of $1.25 million by area investors to keep HitPoint local at a time when Boston and California were calling.

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    22. 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

    23. 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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    24. 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

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