Entrepreneur Past Events / EforAll Celebrates Sixth Accelerator Class



LAWRENCE, Mass. — On September 10th, Entrepreneurship For All (EforAll) held its sixth Accelerator Awards Celebration at the Everett Mill in Lawrence. This concluded the Summer Accelerator, a 12-week program that has helped fifteen early-stage entrepreneurs move their businesses forward. During the event, EforAll awarded a $15,000 prize pool to its top entrepreneurs. Anita Worden, CEO of Solectria and serial entrepreneur, gave the keynote address to the over 120 audience members.  She spoke of her experiences and challenges and offered empowering words to bolster continued innovation and entrepreneurship in our communities.

Here is the full list of winners:

$5,000 – Rosa Aleman (Lawrence resident)

Spiral Arts Multimedia:  A for-profit company connecting community-based

businesses and organizations with local artists working across mediums.

$3,000 – Castro-Yves Arboite (Lowell resident)

GiveWave Studios: A design company specializing in cosplay costume design.

$2,500 – Joyce Bellefeuille (Dunstable resident)

The Power of Flowers Project: A non-profit that upcycles flowers from one day events

to create beautiful bouquets that enhances people’s lives.

$2,000 – Kim Yeasir (Cambridge resident)

Thrive Communities: A non-profit aiming to empower reentry resident by

engaging them in circles of support and accountability.

$1,500 – Michael Trombly (Merrimac resident)

Fun Face Express: Mobile face painting company that provides memorable

experiences for kids and employment opportunities for teens.

$1,000 – Ashwin Mysore (Cambridge Resident)

Budease: A mobile app that helps college students connect with new friends

who have similar interests.

$500 – Angelina Jimenez (Lawrence Resident)

Bocaditos: A gourmet empanada food truck.

“EforAll came into my life at the perfect time. I was stuck and did not have any guidance on how to move forward. Through the Accelerator and the help of my dedicated mentors, I was able to bring my business to another level, enabling me to impact more youth.” said Joanna De Pena, Founder of Top Notch Scholars and Class Speaker.

In just a few short weeks, EforAll will continue its effort to help entrepreneurs succeed with its 2015 EforAll Pitch Contest Series. EforAll will host an All Ideas Pitch on September 29th at their offices. Register here to attend. The deadline to apply for the Food & Agriculture pitch is October 2nd at 12pm. Apply here! EforAll will award thousands of dollars in cash prizes at these contests and entrepreneurs will receive feedback and advice from  industry pros. Entrepreneurship for All will soon be gearing up for it 2016 Winter Accelerator Program, as well as beginning to develop in 2 new locations. Stay tuned for more exciting news from EforAll!

Click here to see pictures from the event!