The Lowell & Lawrence Summer 2013 Business Accelerator helped 16 young companies turn their ideas and passion into viable businesses. Many industries were represented, including children, advertising and technology.
Entrepreneurs Share $30K Prize Pool at EforAll Summer Accelerator Awards
For the last eleven weeks, sixteen early-stage entrepreneurs took part in the 2013 Entrepreneurship For All (EforAll) Summer Accelerator Program. These entrepreneurs were able to move their businesses and non-profits forward through workshops, mentors, working space, and funding.
For many, EforAll’s Accelerator had major impacts on their business. “Three months ago, Little Leaders was just an idea,” says Leslie Rivera of Lawrence. “Because of EforAll, this is now a business!” For Greg Page of Lowell, the program has increased business for the Merrimack Analysis Group. “Being a part of the EforAll Accelerator has led to a threefold increase in our client base. There’s no doubt this opportunity has taken my business to the next level.”
On September 10th, we held the 2013 EforAll Summer Accelerator Awards Ceremony at the Everett Mills in Lawrence to celebrate the conclusion of the program and award a $30K Prize Pool to the top winners. Over 120 people from around the region came to cheer on these entrepreneurs.
The evening kicked off with a showcase. Audience members had an opportunity to connect with the entrepreneurs, learn more about what they are doing, and to offer feedback and advice. Erica Holthausen of Honest Marketing Revolution who attended the event said that, “This was one of the most inspiring evenings I’ve ever attended. I loved learning about each entrepreneur’s personal story about what inspired them to start their business. A great event and a wonderful evening!”
To start the speaking part of the program, Marianne Paley, the Owner of Everett Mills Real Estate, welcomed everyone to her mill. After that, Desh Deshpande, the Co-Founder, Deshpande Foundation and successful serial entrepreneur, talked about how entrepreneurs can inspire us all. “Entrepreneurs are always thinking tomorrow will be a better day. What a powerful way to look at life.”
Then it was time to hear from the class speakers. Greg Page of the Merrimack Analysis Group talked about how studies have shown that the most important thing an entrepreneur needs is grit. Lucky Henry of College Power reflected back on what he learned, how much support he received from his fellow entrepreneurs, and the strong network he gained through EforAll.
Stephen Kaufer, the Co-Founder & CEO of TripAdvisor, gave the evening’s keynote speech. Stephen talked about how the idea of TripAdvisor was born and the beginning days of starting up. He spoke openly about the challenges they faced and how for him failures have been great learning experiences.
Then it was the moment everyone was waiting for. Here is a full list of our winners:
CollegePower is an advertising and promotion agency whose clients include local businesses around college campuses.
HPT Engineering specializes in developing innovative technologies for the assistive technology field.
I4class is a web based learning system that makes teachers and students more effective and engaged both in and out of the classroom.
A mentor and funding platform for women entrepreneurs.
Offers an innovative way to deal with youth crime offenders that allows the offender to accept responsibility for his/her actions.
Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design, LLC, an eco-friendly street-art inspired yarn business.
Little Leaders is a family child care that supports healthy growth and development for children in the Lawrence community and serves as a training and empowering space for young parents to become self-employed educators.
Offering assistance with filling the N-400 Naturalization Form AND a 10 set Civics Class to prepare you for the Interview/Naturalization Test.
Online identity and security seminars for student groups, parent groups, job seekers, and senior citizens that help explain the ins and outs of digital footprint.
Merrimack Valley’s only printmaking studio to serve artists in the area.
Shoe accessory that tracks the wear of running shoes
Principium Prep is an online resource center for parents and students seeking information regarding education.
Robotic feeding arm device that gives individuals with debilitating physical or mental condition the ability to eat a meal themselves.
Events based styling company that designs cohesive looks for special events using custom made props and custom designed floral arrangements.
Handcrafted leather medallions that represent Khmer art and culture.
Ubersimple has developed “AppPack” to make it quick and easy to give out referrals within the mortgage and real estate industry.