Twelve new businesses celebrated the culmination of a 12-week intensive Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Summer 2020 Accelerator Program in a virtual graduation held Sept. 9.
The entrepreneurs showcased their products and services virtually via a platform called REMO. More than 60 people attended virtually. EforAll awarded $10,500 to six entrepreneurs.
Bonnie Souza, owner of the Pink Bean, delivered a powerful and inspiring keynote speech, reminding entrepreneurs that nothing about entrepreneurship is easy.
Accelerator participant Carrie Ann Chandonnait, founder of High Society Vegan, was chosen by her classmates to deliver a speech on behalf of her accelerator colleagues.
The winners of the $10,500 were:
Fieldstone Kombucha: $3,000; Emily Mellgard of Dartmouth, a small batch, seasonal kombucha on tap for restaurants, and other eateries;
New Bedford Performing Arts Center: $2,500, Neenah Cruz, New Bedford, a center of empowerment and inclusivity for children wanting to dance, act, sing and more;
13 Stars: $2,000, Sean Maloney & Eli Cady, Cranston, R.I., a hot sauce company that combines heat with flavor and whose profits support Veterans and First Responders;
STYLR: $1,500, Brandan Burke, Grantham Bethea & DeVaughn Senna, New Bedford; an app that matches beauty professionals with clients for in-home service;
POP Culture – Cake Pops, Cookies, and other Confections: $1,000, Lisa Petrizzi-Geller, Berkely, handcrafted, specialty cake pops and other confections;
$500 Christina Hamilton Award Recipient : New Bedford Performing Arts Center.
EforAll South Coast is accepting applications for participants in the Winter 2021 Accelerator Program. The application can be found on eforall.org and is due by October 16. Contact Donna Criscuolo at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.