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

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 26 2015)

      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

    2. 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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    3. Daniel Koval Creates Duop System to Reduce Cleaning Injuries

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 21 2015)

      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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    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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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    7. 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

    8. Machine Metrics is Producing Results for Customers

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 9 2015)

      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

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

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 11 2015)

      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

    10. 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

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

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 22 2015)

      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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    12. 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

    13. Being Entrepreneurial

      Explore BusinessWest (May 27 2015)

      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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    14. Finding a Unicorn

      Explore BusinessWest (May 21 2015)

      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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    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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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    18. 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

    19. Investments for the Future

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 27 2015)

      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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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