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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! 

EforAll Alumna Catie's Closet Wins $100K at MassChallenge

Mickey Cockrell wins $100K grand prize at 2014 MassChallenge Awards

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The 2014 MassChallenge Awards featured some of the biggest entrepreneurs from around the world. In attendance were Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Cascade Communications Founder Desh Deshpande. Perhaps the most inspiring entrepreneur of the evening was EforAll Accelerator Alumna Mickey Cockrell of Catie's Closet. Her Dracut-based venture, which provides clothing and basic necessities to students living in poverty, was awarded as a $100K grand prize. Out of 128 finalists who took part in the largest startup accelerator in the world, only four (including Mickey) were awarded the prizes. In dramatic fashion, Mickey was the very last entrepreneur to be called up for an award. As soon as her name was called, EforAll staff, mentors, and fellow accelerator finalists in attendance screamed in excitement. Just one year ago Brenna Schneider of 99Degrees Custom (2013 Winter EforAll Alumna) was one of the top $100K grand prize winners at the 2013 MassChallenge Awards.

Mickey Cockrell wins $100K grand prize at 2014 MassChallenge Awards

EforAll staff members, mentors, and fellow accelerator finalists celebrate Mickey Cockrell's big win

Mickey first engaged with EforAll last October when she won second place at our 2013 All Ideas Pitch Contest. She then went on to participate in our 2014 Winter Accelerator and ended up being the program's top winner. 

"My participation in the EforAll Accelerator Program was invaluable," said Mickey Cockrell. "It provided the building blocks I needed to put a solid infrastructure in place in order to scale the business. I received incredible exposure and mentorship which placed me ahead of the pack at MassChallenge. I was much better prepared to take Catie's Closet to the next level."

To date, Catie's Closet has served over 12,000 students in Lowell, Hudson (NH), and Nashua (NH). By next year, they have a goal of serving over 50,000 students.