The Lowell & Lawrence Winter 2017 Business Accelerator is currently working with 11 companies to turn their ideas and passion into viable businesses. A diversity of industries are represented, including education, technology, beauty, and food. During for the first three months, each week through the eyes of the entrepreneurs you can learn about their experience in the Accelerator on our new Medium blog. Read more here.
The Mid Pitch took place January 17th, 2017 at El Taller Cafe on 275 Essex Street in Lawrence, MA
The Final Presentations took place over two nights on Tuesday, February 28 and March 1 at the EforAll Headquarters office located in the historic Wannalancit Mills, 175 Cabot Street, Lowell MA. The Judges for the evenings included:
- Calvin Williams, Senior Director Development, Community Relations, United Way
- Peter Bergeron, President, Owl Stamp
- Jay Linnehan, Executive Director, Greater Lowell Community Foundation
- Joseph Butt, Investor, Launchpad Venture Group
- Laura Teicher, Executive Director, TiE-Boston
- Susan Long, Advisory Board, North Shore Innoventures and Member, Launchpad Venture Group
- Howard Cannon, Leading Software Entrepreneur, CTO and Systems Architect and Member, Launchpad Venture Group
- James Sullivan, Vice President, Align Credit Union
On March 15 we hosted the 2017 Winter Accelerator Awards at the historic Everett Mills in Lawrence, MA.Over 100 people came out to celebrate the 11 companies that completed the intensive portion of the Accelerator. Gail Goodman former CEO of Constant Contact joined the evening as the keynote speaker to share her words of wisdom and advice. Three companies were awarded prize money and one selected for the Christina Hamilton Award. Check out more photos here.
Q2 Check in Awards
First Place went to Maryelle of Maryelle Artistry for $2,000
Second Place was a tie for $1,500 each, which went to Elsabel from The Welcome Immigrant Network & Barbara from Make Me Over
Q3 Check in Awards
First Place went to Rajia and Ray of invisaWear for $2,000
Second Place went to Daniela of Vibra Tours USA for $1,500
Third Place went to Lindsay of Greater Now for $1,000 who was not in attendance
Fourth Place went to Olu of Kids in Tech for $500
Health conscious baker with Asian influences that also serves breakfast.
Hands-on, mobile makeup classes offered to women of all ages and backgrounds.
Educational program for youth to expose them to STEM and a future in technology.
A small component that can be easily interchanged within a variety of custom designed jewelry, watches, and accessories. With the push of a button, users can send emergency contacts their location and a message saying they need help.
Career and business coaching for individuals.
Made In Lowell is an economic and community development organization.
Make up company that sends artist to you.
Handmade Wood fire oven pizza from a food truck.
Vibra Tours focuses in customized trips abroad and guided tours for Latino community to enjoy a stress free travel.
VAS provides outsourced administrative services for small-medium size businesses.
Nonprofit helping immigrants and their families to ease the transition process of immigration.