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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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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    8. 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

    9. UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

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      UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    10. An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

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      An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

      As John Aubin talked about Open Square, the massive former mill complex along the canals in downtown Holyoke that has been his passion for the past dozen years or more, he continually referred to it as an “urban laboratory” — for architecture, planning, sustainability, and economic development.  By that, he meant this was a place to experiment and drive innovation in response to an ongoing movement that has more people apparently willing and able to work, live, and locate businesses in urban settings, although many cities are struggling to take full advantage of that phenomenon.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

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      Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

      ef Sharpe and Jeff Hausthor are on the edge again. The cutting edge, that is.  The entrepreneurs, who have been partners in five business ventures, joined Henry Lederman last October to start a new company called Qnect, and are launching a new software product called QuickQnect at the three-day NASCC Steel Conference in Toronto.  They say the product will revolutionize the way the joints in a steel structure are connected. “The idea of turning this manual process into a software solution is brand-new, and QuickQnect is up to 100 times faster than the conventional way of connecting the joints in ...

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    12. Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

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      Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

      ‘Collisions.’  That’s the term Paul Silva absolutely wore out as he talked about what happens when entrepreneurs — or ‘crazy people,’ as he calls them — as well as creative types, such as writers, editors, musicians, and website designers, get together in close quarters.  “There are collisions — and lots of them,” said Silva, adding quickly that these developments take many forms, such as individuals collaborating on an idea that becomes a business concept. Or an entrepreneur finding an angel investor that can provide the capital to get an idea off the ground. Or a writer making the acquaintance of a social-media ...

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    13. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

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      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Develop Springfield

    14. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and officials from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative are scheduled to attend Wednesday's monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.
      bialeckihead.JPGGregory P. Bialecki Republican File Photo  Today's session begins at 5 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    15. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

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      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    16. Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

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      Tour of Boston innovation centers inspires Springfield business leaders

      A group of Springfield area business leaders that want to see something similar take shape in their backyard recently took a tour led by Ann Burke and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. of facilities that have been crucial to Boston's tech boom.  The group visited entrepreneurial shared work spaces like the Cambridge Innovation Center and the Harvard Innovation Lab as well as gathering spaces on the South Boston Waterfront. Such collision centers, as they are often called, are rare in the western part of the state. The spaces, according to Scott Foster of Valley Venture Mentors, are ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Ann Burke

    17. Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

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      Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10

      Scott Foster, Valley Venture Mentor co-founder and president, said a cooperative spirit is built into the program, and he believes business startups need all the encouragement they can get. Seven out of 10 new businesses are doomed to fail, he said. The idea is to create a “vibrant economic ecosystem” by identifying and nurturing startups with the potential to thrive. Although the focus is on western Massachusetts entrepreneurs, people from all over the region are welcome to participate. Some businesspeople come from as far away as Vermont. VVM recently received a grant of almost $150,000 from the Massachusetts Technology ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    18. Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

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      Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money Solutions, Springfield

      I started my business in 2005 as an accounting and tax practice called Ramos Accounting and Tax Services. I had already been an accountant for about seven years and I felt there was a need in the Latino community for professional tax preparers and financial advisers. I got my start in an incubator office at the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce. I started working with individual clients as well as specializing in small businesses, doing everything from bookkeeping to taxes and administration. After a year, I moved into an office at the Monarch Building with an accounting firm. It was ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    19. Casting His Lot | BusinessWest

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      Casting His Lot | BusinessWest

      When Yasir Osman arrived in New York from his homeland of Sudan in 1989, he had $100 in his pocket and very limited knowledge of English.  Osman, who would relocate to Springfield a few years after arriving in Brooklyn — only a few months after meeting his future wife, who grew up in the City of Homes — has taken an intriguing ride from being an attendant in a parking garage on East Court Street to working his way up with that enterprise to regional manager, to starting his own company, Executive Parking. That venture now manages more than a dozen garages ...

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    20. Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

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      Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

      It is an optimistic word, and when I think about it with respect to economic development, I immediately consider the many opportunities for growth - in jobs, business establishments, visitors and investment. All of which contribute to our collective standard of living, and to an increase in tax revenues that support the quality of life we desire.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    21. Developers of Kloudbook startup turn to Valley Venture Mentors for help getting off the ground

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      Developers of Kloudbook startup turn to Valley Venture Mentors for help getting off the ground

      Kloudbook was born of a father’s frustration and a son’s drive.  The father, David Mullen, wanted there to be a way on the Internet to store and retrieve people’s current contact information – home and work phones, e-mails and cell phones – and the son, Michael Mullen, a University of Massachusetts senior, set about to make the idea into an actual thing.  That thing is Kloudbook, which they tout as the world’s first social network that deals only with up-to-date contact information. The Mullens believe it has the potential to soar high, providing they can get it off ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   TD Bank   Springfield

    22. Outlook 2014: Western New England University Center for Innovation is part of region's 'entrepreneurial ecosystem' | masslive.com

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      Outlook 2014: Western New England University Center for Innovation is part of region's 'entrepreneurial ecosystem' | masslive.com

      The entrepreneurial spirit continues today.  I have been involved with local entrepreneurs through Western New England University’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for more than 12 years. The center has two major functions: legal support for entrepreneurs; and educational outreach to promote entrepreneurship on campus and in the community.  The center offers legal assistance, free of charge, through the Small Business Legal Clinic. The clinic works with businesses in the start-up and early operational phases and handles matters such as organizational issues, intellectual property, contracts, taxes, and other non-litigation matters. The library in our resource center is open to the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    23. Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

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      Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

      Daniel Touhey and his partner, John Frank, knew an opportunity when they saw one.
      When their employer, Spalding Sports Worldwide, closed up its Chicopee location in 2009, Touhey and Frank decided to stay in Western Massachusetts and start their own company.  Since 2010, their company, PSI 91, has been located in the Business Growth Center, also known as the Scibelli Enterprise Center, at Springfield Technology Park.  PSI 91 began shipping its products – inflatable basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and footballs - exclusively for the Under Armour brand in 2011.

      “Under Armour is the fastest growing sports apparel business in the country,” Touhey ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    24. Mom-and-pop businesses need help to bolster economy

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      Mom-and-pop businesses need help to bolster economy

      According to many federal, state and local assisted government programs, financial institutions and alternative loan and funding agencies, start-ups are considered having one year or two in business. In addition, a small business is considered a business with at least 100 employees and with annual receipts ranging up to $2.5 million.  The question is who or when did the definition for start-up change? And, when is $2.5 million a year considered a small business?

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

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