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EforAll Launches in the South Coast

EforAll Launch Event in the South Coast

EforAll Launch Event in the South Coast

In September of this year, not only did EforAll announce its new name, but that the organization will be looking to add new locations in Massachusetts and beyond. On December 18th, EforAll, in partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development & the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, announced that it will be launching in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki speaks at Launch Event in the South Coast

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki speaks at Launch Event in the South Coast

To celebrate this launch, EforAll and its partners invited South Coast community leaders across various sectors to take part in a discussion on how EforAll can be a catalyst for social and economic change in the region. The event featured speakers including Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki. “Entrepreneurship for all is not merely a slogan, it is part of a robust strategy for how we grow the Commonwealth’s economy," said Secretary Bialecki.

Desh Deshpande of the Deshpande Foundation then talked about the positive effects of community-based entrepreneurship . "EforAll is an example of a simple but very powerful idea,” said Desh.  “By bringing the community together to support local entrepreneurs, everybody wins – entrepreneurs get much needed help launching their ventures, while the local economy gets a boost by creating businesses and non-profits that are committed to staying local.”

Pamela Goldbert, the CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, shared about her excitement for the new partnership with EforAll. Steve Tello, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at UMass Lowell (UML),  discussed the partnership with EforAll, and how it has helped UML's students look at entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Perhaps the most powerful speech came from Mickey Cockrell. She shared with audience members on how EforAll helped Catie's Closet scale to provide hundreds of homeless school children with basic necessities. 

South Coast community members engage in a discussion about EforAll and the power of entrepreneurship

South Coast community members engage in a discussion about EforAll and the power of entrepreneurship

To conclude the event, David Parker, the Executive Director for EforAll, facilitated a discussion with audience members about how EforAll can help create impact in the South Coast region. Entrepreneurs, heads of non-profits, and leaders of area-universities all shared their excitement for EforAll and how the community can serve as the driving force for entrepreneurship.

EforAll will officially roll out programming in the region over the early part of 2015, working with many local South Coast leaders. “I am eager to connect with entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, and business experts in the South Coast region," said David Parker. "As EforAll has done in Lowell/Lawrence, EforAll in the South Coast will raise the excitement, awareness, and impact of entrepreneurship on the local economy.”

Click here to see pictures from the event!

Forbes, Lowell Sun & Eagle Tribune Profile EforAll Entrepreneurs

EforAll Alumna Sabrina Boggio was one of our entrepreneurs profiled on November 16th

EforAll Alumna Sabrina Boggio was one of our entrepreneurs profiled on November 16th

On November 16th, it was a busy news day for some of our entrepreneurs! Check out these inspiring stories on how our entrepreneurs are having a huge impact:

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  • Forbes mentioned Mickey Cockrell's (Founder of Catie's Closet) recent $100K Grand Prize Award at the 2014 MassChallenge Awards
  • Mickey was the 2014 EforAll Winter Accelerator Winner
  • Click here to read the article!

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  • The Eagle Tribune writes how Sabrina Boggio (Founder of Women's Path to Employment) is helping unemployed women in the Greater Lawrence area dress for sucesss
  • Sabrina was a 2013 EforAll Winter Accelerator Alumna
  • Click here to read the article!

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  • The Lowell Sun writes about how Patrick Shields & Stephen Wong (Co-Founders of Random Wire Technologies) were selected as Lowell Makes first entrepreneur in residence
  • Lowell Makes was a part of the Mill Cities Leadership Institute (formerly under EforAll). Patrick & Stephen are currently Semi-Finalists for the 2014 EforAll Winter Accelerator (starts at the end of November)
  • Click here to read the article!

99Degrees Customs profiled by Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston

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EforAll Alumna Brenna Schneider and 99Degrees Customs employees (Photo Credit: Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

EforAll Accelerator Alumna Brenna Schneider has been making news ever since she launched 99Degrees Customs in 2013. On November 7th, Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston (a Boston Globe site) wrote up a great piece on Brenna raising $400,000 in her first round of equity funding. Brenna's investors included prominent individuals including John and Linda Henry (Owners of the Boston Red Sox), Robert Philips (former Oracle executive), and Desh Deshpande (Founder of the Deshpande Foundation).

In November of 2012, Brenna approached EforAll with her idea of starting 99Degrees Custom, a build-to-order apparel manufacturing company for the me-commerce market that empowers the workforce in Lawrence and Lowell. She was accepted into our 2013 Winter Accelerator Program and was our top winner.

Click here to read the article!