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    1. Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

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      Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

      Paul Silva's latest innovation did not go quite as planned. Silva, the energetic, quick-talking investor whose Valley Venture Mentors program helps local startups become polished businesses, gathered a group of small businesses and investors in VVM's Tower Square headquarters last week. Their mission was ambitious and unconventional: To help level the business playing field by having investors make same-day, small-dollar investments to local companies. It was an unusual strategy designed to help cash-strapped business founders, many of whom have day jobs and for whom the long process of soliciting six-figure seed funding can be a major financial burden.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    2. Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

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      Paragus IT founder Delcie Bean gives 40% of computer company to employees

       Paragus Strategic IT founder Delcie Bean has given 40 percent of the company's stock to its 40 employees in a deal valued at $1.6 million. Bean said in a statement: "I knew this was the right decision for myself and for Paragus because Paragus is a company that owes 100 percent of its success to the hard work of its incredible employees, or partners as I like to call them. As the only shareholder, I knew that anything I could do to further that spirit and attract new talent would be a sound investment. That's why it ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst

    3. Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

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      Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

      On Wednesday afternoon, inside Valley Venture Mentors' meeting space on the street level of Tower Square, Paul Silva was conducting an experiment. A group of local startup founders were about to pitch their businesses to about 15 waiting investors. But rather than months of negotiations and hundreds of thousands of dollars, the investors were expected to commit small dollars quickly – by the end of the night, with a few days to opt out afterwards. Silva, the executive director of Valley Venture Mentors, said the approach was designed to give new startups, who had never secured major investments small amounts of ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 14 2016)

      Pilot Program Targets Region’s Manufacturing Sector

      A $320,000 pilot program to be undertaken in conjunction with MassDevelopment (the primary funding agency putting up $200,000), the National Machine Tooling Assoc. (NMTA), the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and other partners will seek to change many aspects of this equation. It will enable, and essentially force, participating companies to become more willing and able to take some calculated risks.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    5. Investors to fund local startups at Valley Venture Mentors event | masslive.com

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      Investors to fund local startups at Valley Venture Mentors event | masslive.com

      A group of local startups will pitch investors and win funding at an event hosted by Valley Venture Mentors Wednesday afternoon.  The 'Pre-Seed Demo Day' is a pilot program that will connect participants in VVM's accelerator program with investors, who will make early stage, low-dollar commitments to companies within hours of hearing their pitches, VVM Executive Director Paul Silva said.  'œWe're going to have 10 or so companies who just graduated from the accelerators,' Silva said. 'They're going to do these pitches and essentially do speed dating with investors in the room.'€


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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    6. Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

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      Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

      Harvard is one of the partners in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street where McCullough and other officials announced Wednesday an expansion to boost Harvard's computing capacity and storage.  'I don't think you realize the massive size of what you have here in Holyoke,' McCullough said.  Harvard is using the tens of thousands of computers in the acre-sized computer room at the center for various projects. The blinking lights visible on the rows of black racks show the digestions of data, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    7. Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

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      Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

      It was born out of a blend of need and desire. Nevin Murrary wanted something that would get him to high school in a manner that would by healthy, environmentally friendly — and cool. He and his father, Kevin, came up with the PEBL, described as a bridge between a bike and a car. But beyond becoming an effective means for the younger Murray to commute, it is evolving into a business concept with recognized potential.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Amherst   Greenfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    9. Accelerator Helps Entrepreneurs Hone Ideas, Shape Dreams

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      Accelerator Helps Entrepreneurs Hone Ideas, Shape Dreams

      ‘Community’ and ‘network.’ Those were the two terms used time and again by members of the second cohort of Valley Venture Mentors’ accelerator program to describe the program — and they speak volumes. While those involved with the 36 ventures are competing against each other for prize money, they are also staring down the same challenges of entrepreneurship, thus making that journey a little less daunting for their colleagues.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Northampton   Valley Venture Mentors

    10. Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the Springfield-based workforce training nonprofit, has won a $123,808 grant from the Commonwealth Corporation's Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.  'It will allow us to continue to expand our class size and it will allow us to increase the number of employer partners we can work to fill vacancies with,' said Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards.  The grant will likely cover an 18-month contract with Commonwealth Corp., pending the signing of the contract in July, Edwards said. The grant is part of over $2 million in funds awarded by the trust fund in late April.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

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      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

      The companies are of wide-ranging backgrounds, Valley Venture said in a press release. Six are run by women and three by people of color. Five are tech companies and seven make physical products. Nine are from the Pioneer Valley, four are from Springfield and others are considering moving to the city.  And on May 26, Valley Venture -- which runs a mentorship program for local entrepreneurs, and will be a primary tenant of the upcoming Springfield Innovation Center -- will kickstart some of those businesses. A panel of angel investors and venture capitalists will allocate $250,000 in funding to the businesses ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    12. Are you interested in Entrepreneurship?

      Explore From the EDC (May 11 2016)

      Are you interested in Entrepreneurship?

      At 7 pm, Wednesday, May 25, Mount Holyoke College will host a workshop for community residents and members of the Mount Holyoke community interested in exploring what is involved in starting your own business.

       

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    13. 'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

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      'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

      The Springfield Innovation Center now taking shape inside what had been an abandoned building at 270-280 Bridge St. downtown could end up producing the next MassMutual Financial Group or the next Smith & Wesson.  According to Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, that's just some of the potential success the center could breed. Ash spoke Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking -- in reality they smashed plasterboard with a hammer -- for the Innovation Center facing Steiger Park.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    14. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    16. Dockit Creates Co-working Space for Springfield Lawyers

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      Dockit Creates Co-working Space for Springfield Lawyers

      Lauran Thompson — a paralegal who had managed her family’s law office, Thompson & Thompson, for 15 years — recognized the value of co-working as well, and saw opportunity in a model popular among law professionals out west and in Boston, but sorely lacking in Western Mass. The business she started, Dockit — located just off Main Street, in the pedestrian walkway between Harrison Street and the MassMutual Center known as Market Place — provides exactly that, with plenty of amenities to boot. Members don’t have their own desks or offices, but can work or meet with clients in a number of shared ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Northampton

    17. Microenterprise Program Helps Refugees Launch Businesses

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      Microenterprise Program Helps Refugees Launch Businesses

      If all Ascentria Care Alliance did for refugees was help them get established in the U.S. and find jobs, it would be important work. But, thanks to an initiative launched in 2010 called the Microenterprise Development Program, Ascentria is actually putting many of its clients on the road to business ownership, through education, assistance with permitting and other hurdles, and small loans. The result, so far, is a patchwork of intriguing startups across the Pioneer Valley owned by people who truly appreciate their new opportunity, and have their sights set on continued growth.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    18. Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

      TechSpring is located on the fifth floor of the MassLive Building, 1350 Main St., and owned by Baystate Health, the same regional health care system that owns Baystate Medical Center and four community hospitals in Westfield, Ware, Greenfield and Palmer as well as Health New England, a health insurer.  TechSpring is working on innovations like the remote monitoring technology, e-visits for health care professionals and automated kiosks where a patient steps into a photo booth-sized pod and uses attached blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes to check his own vitals while a professional looks on via computer.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Greenfield

    19. Cheeky City beauty boutique featuring local bath and body products opens in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      Cheeky City beauty boutique featuring local bath and body products opens in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      Leanne Sedlak opened Cheeky City at 1341 Main St. late last month, her newest business in Springfield. The boutique features a casual, fun atmosphere. Upon stepping into the store -- located near the MassMutual Center -- black, white and hot pink pop out among an array of colors in Cheeky City. One corner of the business features a purple, shimmering bathtub.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    20. Click Workspace breathes new life into former Northampton antiques center on Market Street | masslive.com

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      Click Workspace breathes new life into former Northampton antiques center on Market Street | masslive.com

      After 15 months of construction and renovations, Click Workspace will soon open for business on Market Street.  Click, a co-working enterprise that acts as a temporary home-base for entrepreneurs, techies and creative professionals -- currently headquartered at 20 Hampton Ave. -- purchased the 9,000-square-foot building at 9-1/2 Market Street in Jan. 2015.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    21. Rep. Richard Neal hears success stories at Valley Venture Mentors accelerator 'boot camp'

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      Rep. Richard Neal hears success stories at Valley Venture Mentors accelerator 'boot camp'

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal listened intently Friday as, one-by-one, entrepreneurs from this year's Valley Venture Mentors Springfield Accelerator program shared successes they've had in the last few weeks. One fledgling company got its first paying customer. A few said their products are now available internationally. Some were able to get more funding to help finance their dream. Neal, D-Springfield, spoke during the first day of Valley Venture Mentors Springfield Accelerator boot camp at the Mentors headquarters in Tower Square. His appearance followed a morning of closed-door meetings on the subject of fostering new business and economic ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    22. Public invited to downtown Springfield panel discussion on entrepreneurship, workforce training | masslive.com

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      Public invited to downtown Springfield panel discussion on entrepreneurship, workforce training | masslive.com

      The Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association is inviting the public to attend its next meeting, March 16, to hear a panel discussion regarding downtown programs related to entrepreneurship, workforce training and the planned Innovation Center.  The meeting is entitled 'Business Innovation in the Downtown,' and is being conducted at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, at the Central Library, 220 State St. The program will be presented in the library community room on the first floor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. Bounce! Provides a Lift for Old Cinema Complex

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      Bounce! Provides a Lift for Old Cinema Complex

      It was property basically slated to go dark. That was the fate awaiting the closed cinema complex at the Springfield Plaza … until a group of entrepreneurs with some imagination commenced a process to make it a part of a new wave in business and recreation — trampoline sports. Early returns suggest the facility known as Bounce! was a leap worth taking.  Bill Merrill couldn’t help himself.  When asked how many young people — and some maybe not so young — he expects to see at his new venture, Bounce! Trampoline Sports, on a given day, week, or month, he started by saying ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Innovation, entrepreneurship are in Western Mass. DNA: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Innovation, entrepreneurship are in Western Mass. DNA: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

      Sometimes I think, as residents of Western Massachusetts we are hardest on ourselves and have trouble seeing the very positive things that are happening in our economy, when those from outside the region see a very different, and bright, picture.  A perfect example of this is our quickly growing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The Western Massachusetts Ecosystem is led by and coordinated through the Valley Venture Mentors, an affiliate of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC).  

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Valley Venture Mentors

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