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    1. Finding a Unicorn

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      Finding a Unicorn

      Traction.  Webster has many definitions for that noun, including ‘the adhesive friction of a body on the surface on which it moves’ — and that’s why it’s used frequently, and often with accompanying adjectives, by companies selling tires.
      That’s also, although more loosely, why it’s part of the lexicon among those who launch new businesses — and, perhaps more importantly, those who sometimes help finance them.   So, in many ways, the first annual Accelerator Awards, staged recently by Valley Venture Mentors, represented a highly competitive contest of traction — which of the 30 companies in the first cohort of ...

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    2. Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

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      Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

      This semester, Manolakis and fellow senior marketing major Matt O'Connor, of Westfield, teamed up to prepare a marketing and launch campaign for XTurion and founder Sergey Kolyubin.  They did so via teleconference, Kolyubin on a screen looking at a Western New England University classroom with Manolakis, O'Connor, marketing professor Harlan E. Spotts as well as John Garvey, president of Garvey Communications Associates Inc., and entrepreneur Dan Koval of HeadsUp Design Co., based in Housatonic.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Westfield

    3. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

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      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

      The skin care startup Olive Natural Beauty took first place at the inaugural Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards, winning a $35,000 grant.  Twelve companies split a pot of $282,500, up from the $250,000 that was announced before the event on Thursday night at the MassMutual Center.  'Today is the culmination of four months of intensive training,' said VVM Executive Director Paul Silva, congratulating every business team who has gone through the mentoring and acceleration programs.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Google's Steve Vinter: Computing is the future of Massachusetts jobs | masslive.com

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      Google's Steve Vinter: Computing is the future of Massachusetts jobs | masslive.com

      More than 320 business owners, community leaders and Springfield Technical Community College students and alumni gathered at the Basketball Hall of Fame Thursday night to attend the 'Not Just Business As Usual' annual celebration of innovative thinking.  The event featured keynote speaker Steve Vinter, engineering director at Google's office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, along with interactive science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) demonstrations by STCC students. It is the largest fundraising event for the STCC Works Fund, which awards 25 $1,000 scholarships over the course of the year.

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    5. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists who will compete for grant money | masslive

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      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists who will compete for grant money | masslive

      Twelve companies will compete for their share of $250,000 in prizes from Valley Venture Mentors at the organization's first Accelerator Awards ceremony on Thursday.
      The finalists are: Artifact Cider Project, BeTH, EDENIS, Food on a Truck, Lobster IT Limited, LocalTable, MachineMetrics, Olive Natural Beauty, PetSimpl, White Lion Brewing Company, Wonder Crew, and Worksafe Technology.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    6. Investments for the Future

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      Investments for the Future

      Chris Sikes, Common Capital’s CEO, said this movement, if it can be called that, can be traced to New Hampshire, and it has quickly spread to many other areas of the country.  That’s because the concept is fairly simple, and — to the growing number of people who, like Weeks, desire investments that that can in some way be categorized as ‘sustainable’ — it’s also quite appealing.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Common Capital   Springfield

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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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    19. 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

    20. Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 31 2015)

      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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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