Fifteen early-stage businesses and nonprofits, including one based in Dartmouth, have been selected to participate in the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Accelerator Program in New Bedford and Fall River. This is the fourth cohort to go through the program since the organization launched in September 2015. This one-year program starts with 12 weeks of workshops twice a week led by area business experts, weekly meetings with a team of three mentors and a chance to win from a $30,000 cash prize pool.
Participants applied on the EforAll website and applications were read and scored by local business professionals and then a select amount of applicants were asked to come in for interviews. The program is free for those selected through the interview process and applicants not selected are offered guidance from EforAll staff on other area resources, as well as tips on applying again.
The participants include:
• Amanda Desrosiers of Dartmouth with People’s Pressed, a cold-pressed juice business looking to open a shop in downtown New Bedford
• Casey Gunschel of Marion with Casey Gunschel LLC, a custom-based, artist-owned leather-working studio
• Chip Pietraszek of Fall River with Chip Rascal, a balloon sculpture and photo booth service
• Christian Carmody of Orleans with The Alternative Roadmap, a nonprofit life-coaching book and curriculum created by millennials for millennials
• Daniel Guillotte of New Bedford with Grow Together, an outdoor and indoor edible garden installation company
• Jessica Webb of Mattapoisett with Project Wheelhouse, a nonprofit that provides yoga, meditation and mindfulness programs to domestic violence abuse victims and incarcerated women
• Meghan Pogash of Dartmouth with Your Feng Shui Guru, a business that organizes homes and offices through the use of Feng Shui methodology
• Natalie Thompson of Seekonk with The Peyton Co., an organic beauty, body, and wellness product business that focuses on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients
• Pamela Auger of Swansea with OctoVie Skin & Beauty Brush, a unique three-in-one beauty tool to assist cleansing and exfoliating skin on face and body
• Paul Kubiski of Barrington with Bootblack Brand, cocktail and soda syrups for professional and home mixologists
• Paula Robinson Deare and Paul Deare of New Bedford with Eworkstyle Institute, a nonprofit communications training institute and multimedia web showcase
• Rachel DeMello of New Bedford with Holy Crepe, a creperie to open in New Bedford
• Robert Coyne of Warren with Rob Coyne School of Music Education, a place where people can learn how to play all different types of musical instruments, in a comfortable, cool and fun atmosphere
• Stanley Huang of Braintree with I Do Wedding, an online booking platform that seeks to bring joy back into the wedding-planning process
• Taylor Joseph and Breanne Cabral of New Bedford with Forget-Me-Not, an online service used to preserve the memories and life of an individual through an intense series of life prompts/questions
A showcase and celebration from the intensive part of the program as well as EforAll South Coast’s two-year anniversary will be held Sept. 21. EforAll is partnering with the 3rd Eye Open to bring a pitch contest to downtown New Bedford on Aug. 19.
More information is available by contacting EforAll SouthCoast Executive Director Shelley Cardoos at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 858-8522