1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. 'State of Entrepreneurship in the Valley' at TechSpring: Pioneer Valley 'the place people want to be' | masslive.com

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      'State of Entrepreneurship in the Valley' at TechSpring: Pioneer Valley 'the place people want to be' | masslive.com

      t's the third year in a row for the annual event. The 'State of Entrepreneurship' is the idea of Steve Davis of the Davis Foundation and chairman of the Economic Development Council's Entrepreneurship Committee.  'I think we have unbelievable activity here on the entrepreneurship side,' Davis said. 'It's very exciting.'  That's good not only for the business startups but for the region.  'I talk about it as business regeneration,' Davis said. 'We had Friendly's and MassMutual and Smith & Wesson here for generations. These all started as small businesses. Now we have to plant the seeds ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    2. 3 Small Companies Giving the Disaster Recovery Business a Good Name | Inc.com

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      3 Small Companies Giving the Disaster Recovery Business a Good Name | Inc.com

      Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rainbank has developed technology that makes better use of existing municipal stormwater infrastructure, which is frequently overwhelmed during big storm surges. Typically this infrastructure consists of underground pipes and holding tanks, or outdoor swales and storage ponds. Rainbank, a 7-person company with revenue of $500,000, equips these with computerized sensors, transmitters, and remote-controlled valves, and pumps.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

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      Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment organized the trip with the help of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. They visited the Yankee Candle factory in Whately and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.  In Springfield, they visited Valley Venture Mentors' business accelerator for startups in Tower Square, where they learned about the expertise and in some cases cash prizes Valley Venture Mentors can provide to new companies.  At Valley Venture Mentors, the trade reps also learned about TechSpring, an innovation hub established by Baystate Health in Downtown Springfield. TechSpring focuses on Big Data ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. More Than 500 Students to Attend Entrepreneurship Conference

      Explore BusinessWest (Nov 5 2015)

      The 11th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held Friday, Nov. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. More than 500 students and faculty representing 14 area colleges are expected to attend the event, which includes hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits, a keynote speaker, and networking. Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and the 14 colleges, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students in turning their ideas into businesses. The event will feature 25 exhibitors, including former Grinspoon student awardees who started their ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    5. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

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      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Core training, meetings, and events will be held the 1st weekend of every month. These monthly, long weekend, boot camps feature hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, there will be workshops covering strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team building/dynamics, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets & valuations 101

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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    6. VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

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      VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

      A popular tradition will continue at the 2015 Western Mass. Business Expo on Nov. 4, with a Pitch Contest presented by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). And this year’s competition will have a new and intriguing twist.  The contest, which represents a partnership between VVM, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and the Small Business Administration, will feature the debut of the InnovateHER pitch competition. The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower women and families through local business competitions.

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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    7. Delcie Bean to Speak at Bay Path’s Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 21 2015)

      Delcie Bean to Speak at Bay Path’s Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Bay Path University’s 12th Annual Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture will feature Delcie Bean, Founder and CEO of Paragus Strategic IT. Bean, a serial tech entrepreneur, will speak to the lens of innovation and also discuss the role it has played in his successes and failures during his presentation, “Innovation: The Great Differentiator,” on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. on the university’s Longmeadow campus.

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    8. Daniel Koval Creates Duop System to Reduce Cleaning Injuries

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      Daniel Koval Creates Duop System to Reduce Cleaning Injuries

      In 2012, Koval created a company known as Worksafe Technology Inc. to market the Duop System. Its goal is to eliminate causes of frequent and recurring workplace injuries by combining expertise in product design, development, and technology.
      “We are just rolling the Duop out on the market,” he said, explaining that it took so long partly because he worked on it only part-time. “Our patent was filed about a year ago and is still pending, but we brought the mop to commercial trade shows for professional cleaners, industry shows for housekeepers, and the Chicago Housewares Show, and the response has ...

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    9. TedxSpringfield to host speakers at MassMutual headquarters Friday

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      TedxSpringfield to host speakers at MassMutual headquarters Friday

      The TedX Springfield conference will bring a range of speakers, including academics, entrepreneurs, technology researchers and local students, to the MassMutual Financial Group's headquarters on Friday.The event, an independently organized offshoot of the internationally recognized TED Conference, was founded four years ago and has expanded to spotlight ideas from across the region, said TEDx Springfield chair Kathleen Mayko. "TedxSpringfield is designed to highlight those in the local community and beyond talking about ideas that they're passionate about and are really worth talking about," Mayko said.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Mount Holyoke College   Springfield

    10. Israel, a nation of business startups, can help WMass entrepreneurs and vice versa | masslive.com

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      Israel, a nation of business startups, can help WMass entrepreneurs and vice versa | masslive.com

      Yaakov met with representatives of Valley Venture Mentors, MassMutual and its Springfield Venture Fund for startups, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the TechFoundry IT training program and TechSpring which is Baystate Health's collaborative work space and technology accelerator located in downtown Springfield.  Yaakov also visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, met with the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and other Jewish leaders before touring the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield and meeting with local tourism boosters.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   West Springfield

    11. Holyoke Spark program gets additional $56,000 to help idea-holders start businesses | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Spark program gets additional $56,000 to help idea-holders start businesses | masslive.com

      Partners in Holyoke Spark are the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Community College, Easthampton Savings Bank, Holyoke Works, a job training and education program affiliated with the Holyoke Chamber, and Nuestras Raices. Nuestras Raices -- 'Our roots' -- is a nonprofit group that seeks to promote economic, human, and community development in Holyoke through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.

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    12. Sustainable food system entreprenuers to speak at Smith College

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      Sustainable food system entreprenuers to speak at Smith College

      The entrepreneurs will present their business models and talk about how they tie into sustainable agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for more in-depth discussion, according to the group PVGrows. Presenters will include the Artifact Cider Project, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, NextChar, Robariah Farms, Stillman Quality Meats, Sutter Meats, and Tregaverne Food & Grocery, all located in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    13. Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

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      Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

      It is 2:05 p.m., so the second shift has just started, and therefore all but one of the rings are green, meaning the machines are operating at or above the desired performance levels. One is orange, which means it is operating slightly below that level. If one should happen to turn red, it means what that color usually means — trouble.  But because of the dashboards and other elements of this system, that trouble can be identified, and dealt with, much sooner and more effectively than previously possible, said Steve Capshaw, president of VSS, who spoke about Machine Metrics ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Bill Bither

    14. Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

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      Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      White Lion will present Valley Fest on Aug. 29 in Court Square in downtown Springfield, expecting to draw some 2,000 beer enthusiasts to sample more than 100 different offerings of beer and hard cider made by more than 50 craft brewing companies from throughout the region — and well beyond.  “This is about the city of Springfield, about the region, but it also revolves around craft beer,”  White Lion is actually the first one of those brewers based in the City of Homes, and Berry hopes the festival — which will also feature culinary fare from local restaurants, live music, and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Springfield's White Lion Brewing gets boost from small business loan program created by Jim Koch of Samuel Adams | masslive.com

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      Springfield's White Lion Brewing gets boost from small business loan program created by Jim Koch of Samuel Adams | masslive.com

      White Lion founder Raymond Berry said he was thrilled with the assistance at a time when his fledgling brand, launched in October, is beginning to carve out its identity in the region.  The money will go toward working capital as the company works toward its long-term goal of finding and opening a brewing operation in Springfield, he said.  As important as the capital, Berry said White Lion was also received expertise from Samuel Adams officials about such things as brand management, promotion and distribution.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

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      Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

      Serial entrepreneur Delcie Bean IV took home BusinessWest’s inaugural Continued Excellence Award at last night’s ninth annual 40 Under Forty gala.  It was yet another honor for the owner of Paragus Strategic IT, who was named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur for 2014. For the Continued Excellence Award, which will be awarded annually to a former 40 Under Forty honoree who has continued to expand his or her business accomplishments and community impact, Bean was among about 40 individuals nominated by their peers and judged by an independent panel.

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    17. Springfield Tech Foundry graduates new class of computer experts | masslive.com

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      Springfield Tech Foundry graduates new class of computer experts | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the computer education program that aims to turn Western Massachusetts into the technology capital of the Northeast, will graduate 23 high school students on June 17 and then turn its attention to a new class of recent high school graduates.  The shift from starting with a class of high school juniors about to start their senior years to a class made up of recent high school graduates who are not in college or on a strong career path is just one of a series of experiments Tech Foundry originator Delcie Bean wants to undertake.  'That includes kids who ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Being Entrepreneurial

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      Being Entrepreneurial

      When Katie Stebbins talks with those involved in efforts across the state to create and expand what are coming to be known as ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems,’ she speaks with a good deal of perspective — and experience. Indeed, the Commonwealth’s recently named assistant secretary for Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, within the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.

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    19. 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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    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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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    23. 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

    24. 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

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