In the second half of 2018, the Innovation Institute at MassTech managed the successful launch of several Entrepreneur Mentoring grants awarded under a procurement started early last year.
Several of these grantees have been highlighted in media outlets across the state, putting a spotlight on the exciting work they’re doing to grow small businesses and to develop innovative startups.
- Two executives from our Cape Cod grant partners, Christin Marshall from EforAll and Lauren Barker from Cape Cod Young Professionals, recently appeared on Lower Cape TV to “discuss efforts to bring entrepreneurship opportunities to Cape Codders.” They sat down with Jay Coburn, host of the program “This Place Matters,” for a nearly half-hour segment on their work.
- Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is finishing up the move to its new home in the Springfield Innovation Center, a newly renovated building located at 270-276 Bridge Street that was rehabbed through the work of several local development agencies, the support of state grants (including from our sister agency, MassDevelopment), and the backing of top Springfield companies such as MassMutual. Jim Kinney of The Springfield Republican got an early tour of VVM’s new space, which the paper dubbed "10,000 square feet of awesome". According to the article, the grand opening for the new space "will be Feb. 7, when [VVM] hosts the annual State of Entrepreneurship conference with the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.”
- The website innovate413.com provides a great recap of the SPARK EforAll Holyoke’s first entrepreneur pitch contest, which awarded over $2,700 to four startups from the Western Mass region. The innovate413 website pays homage to the area code for Western Mass and profiles many of the organizations and startups that make up the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in that region, including SPARK EforAll Holyoke and VVM.
- Worcester Roots, a local cooperative incubator and recipient of a $90,000 grant from MassTech, received great coverage on the front page of the Worcester Telegram’s ‘Business Matters’ section on Sunday, January 6th. The piece highlights several of the cooperative business that Worcester Roots has fostered over the past few years.