EforAll Cape Cod and Cape Cod Young Professionals ready to embark on new partnership
West Yarmouth, MA – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash recently announced a $100,000 grant to fund a new partnership effort between EforAll Cape Cod and Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP). Secretary Ash – who was joined by John Chapman, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and Pat Larkin, Director of the Innovation Institute at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) – announced the award at a media event and roundtable discussion held in West Yarmouth. The $100,000 comes from MassTech’s entrepreneurship-mentoring grant program, which aims to develop strong ecosystems among entrepreneurs, and support economic and workforce development in local communities across Massachusetts.
During the announcement event, Secretary Ash elaborated on the importance of unique partnerships like this one for advancing small business and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth and on Cape Cod: “This partnership effort – the first of its kind – will leverage the strong Cape-based community network of CCYP to amplify and expand upon EforAll’s proven model for business development and entrepreneur support.”
The grant announcement also served as an opportunity for the Massachusetts legislature to hear from local entrepreneurs who recently graduated from the EforAll South Coast program (based in New Bedford/Fall River), as well as those in the inaugural cohort of EforAll Cape Cod, to speak about EforAll’s impact.
“The E in EforAll stood out for me as empowerment,” said Will Gilmore, co-founder of GotChew, a New Bedford-based online food ordering and restaurant delivery service. “It really empowered us to take our idea and bring it to the next level.”
Other entrepreneurs at the roundtable discussion included Lisa Marie Pearson Founder of Scatterbrain Handmade, (an eco-friendly plush toy line for children, adults, and pets); Sarah Mason of Cape Cod Nail Company, (the first mobile nail salon to service the greater Cape Cod area); and Will Rubenstein, co-owner of Reboot GameLab, Cape Cod’s first board game café.
Following the big announcement event, the two organizations are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work improving opportunity and access to resources for aspiring and current entrepreneurs on Cape Cod. EforAll is proud to partner with CCYP, a 13-year old nonprofit organization that has grown an already-impressive network of active young professionals on Cape Cod. Through this collaboration, EforAll and CCYP will not only be able to make the Cape a vibrant place to live and work, but also a vibrant place for entrepreneurs to thrive.
Over the 17-month grant period, CCYP will supplement and amplify pre-program recruitment efforts for EforAll’s accelerators, as well as provide promotional support, post-accelerator business spotlights, complimentary memberships, and other support for those completing the EforAll Cape Cod program.
Upcoming events and programs with EforAll Cape Cod; register on eforall.org:
– Applications open for December 6 Pitch Contest in Wellfleet and Spring Accelerator
– Save the Date for a EforAll / CCYP Partnership Launch event on November 29
Interested in learning more about this grant and this unique partnership?
Reach out to Christin Marshall of EforAll Cape Cod at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Barker of CCYP at: email@example.com
Christa Brown, Content Manager
About EforAll Cape Cod
EorAll Cape Cod is EforAll’s sixth site in Massachusetts, following successful launches in Lowell, Lawrence, New Bedford, Fall River, and Lynn. EforAll’s mission is to accelerate social and economic impact through inclusive entrepreneurship. www.eforall.org
About Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP)
CCYP is a nonprofit organization serving the communities of Cape Cod from Falmouth to Provincetown. The mission of CCYP is to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and future leaders. Learn more about CCYP at: www.capecodyoungprofessionals.org.