It was a night of excitement as 8 new businesses celebrated the culmination of a 12-week intensive Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) EforAll accelerator program in Holyoke. The 8 entrepreneurs showcased their products and services at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke on Thursday March 21, with a little over 100 guests in attendance. SPARK EforAll Holyoke awarded $5,500, shared by the entrepreneurs mentioned below. However, the cohort will have more opportunities throughout the year to be awarded cash prizes, as EforAll provides additional support for the next 9 months.
Ray Berry, owner and founder of White Lion Brewing Company, delivered a powerful keynote speech, reminding entrepreneurs that nothing about entrepreneurship is easy, but if you believe in what you’re doing, it’s worth it.
Accelerator participant Julianny Molinary was chosen by her classmates to deliver a speech on behalf of her accelerator colleagues. She’s one of the founders of Cantina Curbside Grill, a mobile food truck serving delicious Latin cuisine. Molinary delivered an impassioned speech that covered some of the highlights of her experience during the 12-week intensive portion of the accelerator.
The winners of the $5,500 were:
Cantina Curbside Grill: $2,500
Owned by Julianny Molinary and Rashad Ali of Springfield, offering high-quality, moderately priced, fresh fusion Latin-American cuisine using only the freshest ingredients.
Star Dancer’s Unity: $1,750
In addition to providing choreography lessons for weddings, Quinceneras, and special events, this Holyke-based dance studio owned by Alexcelin Saldana creates an inclusive and safe after-school environment for low income children to enhance their dance skills and meet new friends while staying fit.
Veganish Foodies: $1,000
Veganish Foodies is a lifestyle brand for people who like to eat or want to eat healthier without having to be vegan/vegetarian or follow a restrictive/fad diet. Owners India Russell and Lamont Stuckey of Springfield have recently refined a recipe for their signature “Everythang Sauce” which they hope to sell wholesale and at local restaurants.
Mateo’s Automotive Services: $500
This family-owned business includes Holyoke residents Marcos and Madeline Mateo and Abiel Alvarado. Abiel has decades of experience in the automotive industry and came to Holyoke from Puerto Rico to rebuild his automotive business following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
SPARK EforAll Holyoke is accepting applications for participants in the Summer 2019 Accelerator Program. The application can be found on eforall.org and is due by April 29. Contact email@example.com with any questions.