Today on September 9th marks a new chapter in our organization. We no longer will be known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. From now on, our new name will be Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)!
There are many reasons for the change. First and foremost, this name embodies the organization’s core belief that people from all walks of life, with all types of venture ideas, can become entrepreneurs. Secondly, this gives us a platform to add new locations in Massachusetts and beyond. I would like to emphasize that in no way will this affect our commitment to Lowell & Lawrence. Both these cities will serve as EforAll’s headquarters and will remain our top priority.
I know you may have different questions about this change. Below are some answers to those questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to me in the coming weeks.
We look forward to working with you in the near future to help spread Entrepreneurship for All!
Why make this change now?
There are multiple reasons why now is the right time for us to do this. First of all, in these hard economic times there is a need regionally and nationally for innovative solutions to help foster economic and social impact. We feel that EforAll can help catalyze that effort.
Secondly, various leaders in Massachusetts and around the nation have expressed interest in replicating this model in their community.
Lastly, since we began operations nearly four years ago, our founders Desh & Jaishree Deshpande have encouraged us to think about scaling the model.
How will your work in Lowell & Lawrence be affected?
Again, we are 100% committed to both these cities. They will serve as the EforAll headquarters and we expect to continue testing new programs and services in these cities as well.
Where will your next location be and when will you announce it?
We are still in the early stage of discussions regarding other regions and are not close to a final decision.
What types of locations are you looking for?
We are looking for cities similar in size to Lowell and Lawrence (between 75,000 and 200,000 in population) with preference to ones providing local office space and financial support.