1. Articles in category: Entrepreneurship

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    1. Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation elevator pitch competition offers cash awards | masslive

      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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    2. Planting Seeds

      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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    3. HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

      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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    4. Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

      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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    5. Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

      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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    6. Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

      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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    7. Petsimpl entrepreneur Dave Waymouth says loyal customers proved key to his crowd-funding success | masslive

      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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    8. Outlook 2015: Valley Venture Mentors helped entrepreneur Dan Koval bring his inventions to marketplace | masslive

      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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    9. Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      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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    10. Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      That was the case with people named Elvis, Ringo, and Tiger (OK, his real name is Eldrick). And, to a lesser extent, it’s working for the 29-year-old that BusinessWest has chosen to be its Top Entrepreneur for 2014 — Delcie Bean. Or just ‘Delcie,’ because that’s all that’s generally required when he becomes the subject of conversation. That’s true in part because, well, let’s face it, there are not many Delcies out there. But it’s also because Bean, in just a few years, has become a dominant force in the business community — and also with ...

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    11. Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, helps design solar-electric taxi

      Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, helps design solar-electric taxi

      Oliver Kayego, of West Springfield, a junior electrical engineering major, is one of five University of Massachusetts at Lowell students who designed, built and tested a prototype solar-electric-powered taxi which can ferry passengers at 25 mph without consuming a single drop of gas. The prototype has received the attention of the government of Kazakhstan, which has expressed interest in applying the technology in its country. Kazakhstan’s leaders have provided the students $27,000 in seed money to develop a similar solar-electric taxi for exhibition at the Astana Future Energy Expo in 2017. The taxi uses a 150-watt solar panel ...

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    12. Playing for Keeps

      Playing for Keeps

      The video-game-development company that he and Paul Hake started in 2008 has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings and now employs about 35 people. Based first in Greenfield, then Hatfield, and most recently in Amherst, the firm relocated to downtown Springfield last week, thanks to a commitment of $1.25 million by area investors to keep HitPoint local at a time when Boston and California were calling.

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    13. Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills is open and starting to grow.  “We opened Thanksgiving Eve,” said brewer Nick Morin. “It was snowing, and we had a full house.”  If you go they will give you a sampler of five different craft beers to try.
      Francine Kulig came in Friday night with her husband and her sister-in-law.  “We all liked a different beer,” she said.  Morin said his most popular beer is called the “Baby-Maker,” named because he was brewing it when his wife was a week and a half past her due date when she was expecting their ...

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    14. Off to a Roaring Start

      Off to a Roaring Start

      “I think it’s important for any entrepreneur to map and frame out their ideas, utilize the networks that are in the community, and not be afraid to take advice along the way,” said Berry, who served the MSDC as deputy director. “There are individuals out there who have a tremendous amount of proven experience in establishing companies and moving them forward. If you have a vision or dream, and once you get through that fear of risk and get over that hurdle, you utilize the resources available and push your dream forward.”  Today, Berry is definitely practicing what he ...

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    15. Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      HitPoint Studios will move its offices from Amherst to Springfield after a group of local investors committed $1.25 million to the company in an effort to keep it in Western Massachusetts. The mobile and video game developer received competing offers from the Silicon Valley and Boston areas, contingent upon moving there. In a statement, River Valley Investors Chairman John Goodhue said HitPoint is "exciting" and now it "will grow right here."

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    16. ACCGS Business@Breakfast to Tout Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

      ACCGS Business@Breakfast to Tout Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

      The entrepreneurial spirit of the region will take center stage at the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield’s Business@Breakfast on Jan. 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Ludlow Country Club, One Tony Lema Dr., Ludlow. Paul Silva, executive director of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), will discuss “Putting the PIONEER Back in Pioneer Valley.” He will be joined by Natasha Clark, founder of LionessMagazine.com, a Western Mass.-based, all-digital magazine for the female entrepreneur.

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    17. Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

      Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

      Dr. Keroack along with state and city economic development officials opened TechSpring Friday at the MassLive building, 1350 Main St., the former One Financial Plaza. Funded with a $5.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, TechSpring is a "collision space" and collaborative where innovators in the health care technology field can work with Baystate, gaining access to its data and to its expertise in return for developing technologies that help improve people's health, said Managing Director Christian Lagier, himself an import from Denmark via Silicon Valley in California.

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    18. Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

      Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

      Friday is the official ribbon-cutting for a new shared workspace in Springfield focused on testing and deploying new health care technologies. Baystate Health, the big nonprofit healthcare system that spawned the space, has dubbed it the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. But that sounds like a name coughed up by a committee, and Christian Lagier, a former entrepreneur and business development executive who will run it, says he expects everyone will call it TechSpring.

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    19. UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

      UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

      The University of Massachusetts system spun off a record six start up companies in the past year while at the same time generating $30 million in licensing revenue by bringing technology developed at its campuses to market.  This is the eight straight year UMass has generated $30 million, according to a news release issued this week.
      Three of the new companies are developed from UMass Amherst technology. The other three are from medical school.

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    20. Springfield restaurant cook-off: Contest here with downtown location as prize would follow similar promotions in Iowa, Indiana | masslive

      Springfield restaurant cook-off: Contest here with downtown location as prize would follow similar promotions in Iowa, Indiana | masslive

      A 'Chopped'-style restaurant cook-off with a downtown eatery location as the prize isn't just a flaky idea getting chewed on by the Springfield Business Improvement District.  Instead, it is a strategy Iowa farm towns have used to enliven their business district and add variety to their restaurant scene. A restaurant contest is a tool urban Evansville, Indiana, chose to help enliven a street corner that, like Springfield, lost its vibrant retail trade to suburban malls.

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    21. Photos: Students from 14 Western Massachusetts colleges gather for entrepreneurship conference in Springfield | masslive

      Photos: Students from 14 Western Massachusetts colleges gather for entrepreneurship conference in Springfield | masslive

      The 10th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference featured 650 people registered representing 14 area colleges and over 55 local businesses and organizations at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Friday.  Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate and support college students to turn their ideas into small businesses. Students began the day collaborating on teams representing several colleges and universities for the “Change-It-Up” competition to create solutions for college and university campuses based on a contemporary problem they see emerging on their campuses with rapidly changing technology and expectations of ...

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    22. Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      The Springfield Innovation Hub will be one of the tenants in the Springfield Innovation Center being created by DevelopSpringfield in 16,450 square feet of space now owned by DevelopSpringfield at 270 and 276-284 Bridge St. facing the park.  He hopes to have the cafe, once planned for the former Cobalt space at City Stage, open in April 2015. Bean said the idea moved when DevelopSpringfield firmed up its plans for Bridge Street.  The location is right around the corner from where New England Public Radio opened its new studios and offices this week.  The Springfield Innovation Center received $2 ...

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    23. White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

      White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

      Berry said the company has initial plans to explore options for bringing the brewing operations within the Springfield city limits. “It’s a two-phase process,” he said. “Phase one is to introduce the product and the brand and let the beer, the brand and the compelling story resonate in the area [to create] organic growth and strategic growth. We’ll do that all while trying to identify 9,000 to 10,000 square feet to bring a multi-barrel production facility, job creation and a landmark where folks can go and do some tasting right here in the city of Springfield ...

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    24. Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield will transform two neighboring vacant Bridge Street buildings into the Springfield Innovation Center, a nursery and proving ground for the next generation of Springfield start-up companies.  The center would combine the Valley Venture Mentors cooperative work-space and advising programs along with an innovation cafe and rental space for companies that have outgrown Valley Venture Mentors' space but are not yet ready to fully strike out on their own, said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.

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