Entrepreneur Program Blog / Governor Patrick Awards EforAll $150K Grant to Strengthen Mentorship Program
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On February 4th, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) headquarters to award a $150K grant to strengthen and scale up the organization’s mentorship program in the Merrimack Valley region. EforAll will use the funds, which will be administered through the Mass Tech Collaborative Innovation Mentoring Institute, to hire two additional part-time Managers of Mentorship, including a bilingual mentor who will support the EforAll’s new program for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. The award will also be used to enhance communication between mentors and entrepreneurs, and to build awareness of EforAll’s programs in the region. Interise Inc. and Valley Venture Mentors were also awarded grants ($149K each).
In addition to awarding the grant, the Governor took an hour of his time to engage with EforAll entrepreneurs and mentors. When the Governor first walked in, he immediately went to shake all of their hands. Each entrepreneur then stood up and gave their one-minute pitch about their businesses and non-profits. The Governor was very happy to hear the “diverse range of ventures” and more importantly see the “passion in all of the entrepreneurs in the room.” He also said, “This type of innovation is what our state is known for, but it has been done in one area of concentration. It’s time to spread that attitude outside Greater Boston.”
David Parker, the Executive Director of EforAll, then moderated a discussion to hear from the entrepreneurs and mentors about their experience in the EforAll Accelerator and the need to increase the mentorship program. As EforAll Accelerator Finalist Joy Mosenfelder put it, “Mentorship has been crucial to my organization’s growth. I would not be where I am today without the help of my mentors.”
Many of the mentors told the Governor about their positive experience in the program and how this opportunity has been a two-way street. EforAll Mentor Henry Noel said, “I think I get as much out of this program as the entrepreneurs do.” To wrap-up this very special afternoon, the Governor thanked the entrepreneurs and told them, “What you are doing is so exciting. I will remember the things you’re doing, I will look for you on NASDAQ, and will look for you in what you do for yourselves, with your families, and to the people whom you will give a chance to.”
EforAll would like to thank the Governor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for this prestigious grant. EforAll looks forward to strengthening the mentorship program and continuing to promote entrepreneurship for all!