Lowell, MA—On February 24, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) partnered with the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) to host the 20th All Ideas Pitch Contest at Sunny Da restaurant in Lowell. The event was attended by over 100 guests, including Councilor William Samaras, Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy, and State Rep. Rady Mom. 15 businesses tabled at the event, networking and sharing their proposed products and services with guests during a showcase before the pitch presentations, where eight businesses pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges.
Kevin Murphy (Lowell City Manager), Ani Vong (Owner, Humanity Boutique), PJ Anand (Founder and CEO, Alcyone) and Sophy Theam (Learning and Development Manager Vice President, Enterprise Bank) composed the panel of judges, choosing the first, second and third place winners, while the audience had the opportunity to vote for a “fan favorite.”
The businesses pitching included:
Merrimack Valley Music and Arts Inc.: A non-profit center operating to fill the gap that educational cuts, economic downturns, and financial deficiencies have caused.
Cambodian Culture After School Program: A cultural after-school program for children in the Cambodian community.
Asperger Works Inc.: A charitable organization that focuses on solving the employment problems of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Veterans QRF: A company addressing the difficult, stressful, and delayed process of veterans trying to receive military service connected disability benefits.
MyAI Software: A first-of-a-kind solution that utilizes state-of-the-art machine learning trained to scan images for inappropriate content, and to block those images.
Buy Time Medical Inc.: An IV Slushee used to rapidly decrease the temperature of patients, especially those experiencing cardiac arrest.
Jennifer Shao’s Paintings: An artist inspired by Chinese and contemporary art forms and seeking to make art more accessible for underprivileged children by donating a portion of the money earned from her pieces.
The “Wild Card” pitch, chosen at random, was Take-In: a private network of people who are passionate about sharing and trying new food. With a mission to make great home-cooked dishes accessible to everyone by creating a platform where amazing home cooks can share their cuisine with hungry eaters, and have it conveniently delivered to their doorstep.
First Place: Asperger Works Inc.
Second Place: Cambodian Culture After-School Program
Third Place: Take-In
Fan Favorite: Veterans QRF