Merrimack Valley

The Merrimack Valley is a bi-state region along the Merrimack River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The larger industrial cities have historically attracted strong immigrant populations.  Lowell has the highest proportion of residents of Cambodian origin of any city in the U.S., and Lawrence experienced a strong influx of Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigrants. Today, the Merrimack Valley is a vibrant community working hard to support the entrepreneurial spirit of its residents.

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Business Accelerator

The Accelerator is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in EforAll communities. It provides immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business is encouraged to apply.

Pitch Contests

Fast-paced, fun community events that enable early-stage entrepreneurs to gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea at no cost. Great opportunity to network and validate business idea with potential to win a cash prize from EforAll.

Merrimack Valley Entrepreneurs

Upcoming Events

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News and Local Stories

Merrimack Valley Mentor Spotlight

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Our community engages over 200 volunteers each year to help support entrepreneurs who participate in our Business Accelerators and Pitch Contests. There are several volunteer options so you can apply for the one that best fits your interests and availability.

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Sophan Smith

Executive Director

Soumita Acharya

Development and Engagement Associate
Merrimack Valley program coordinator

Isis Ormaza

Program Manager

Angie Figueroa

Program Coordinator

Local Partners

Leadership Advisory Council

  • Rafael Fonseca – Artel Video Systems
  • Thomas Howard – Supporting Strategies
  • Sixto DeJesus – Enterprise Bank
  • Anthony Nganga – Studio 26 Associates
  • Tom O’Donnell – Innovation Hub, UMass Lowell
  • Kevin Oye –  Gordon Institute, Tufts University