MCC Students Receive $50k in Funding to Help Launch Businesses

Congratulations to 6 of our recent Launch Your Business Now students who received $50,000 in seed funding to launch and grow their businesses!

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Middlesex Community College students enrolled in the Launch Your Business Now program, an innovative applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed to encourage students to start or grow a business, just wrapped up an intensive semester and had the opportunity to pitch for seed funding to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). The EEVF committee gave out $50,000 in seed funding on December 19 at an awards ceremony in downtown Lowell.

 

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Student businesses invested in include:

  • $10,000 invested in Body Fuel Café, a nutritious snack and café concept founded by Jessica Salani of Burlington.
  • $10,000 invested in The Sweet Spot, a sustainable clothing, jewelry, gifts and home goods store in downtown Lowell founded by Hilary Clark of Lowell.
  • $9,000 invested in Beautiful Psalms, a spiritual gifts ecommerce company founded by Dali Diaz of Lowell.
  • $8,000 invested in Barber on the Run, a mobile barber service founded by Juan Cintron of Lowell.
  • $8,000 invested in Natural Journey’s, a natural and kinky hair boutique founded by Alison Njoroge of Lowell.
  • $5,000 invested in Good Wood Restoration, a restoration construction company founded by Dave Clark of Lowell.

Students will use this seed funding for operations as they continue to grow their businesses over the course of 2019. Students receiving funding will also be paired with 3 mentors who will check in with them throughout the first year of operation.

MCC’s new 16-credit Launch Your Business Now certificate program was developed for entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business they want to launch – or scale up – within four to 12 months. “Someone who is naturally entrepreneurial just wants to get started,” said Stacie Hargis, MCC’s Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator. “This is why we’ve designed the program to be completed in one intensive, action-oriented semester. It’s a great way for students to work solely on developing a business concept.”

Students who complete the Launch Your Business Now coursework are encouraged to pitch their business idea to the funding committee of the EEVF, who can award seed money in the form of competitive grants (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) to support student businesses and help start-ups get off the ground.

MCC is looking for students who already have an idea for a small business, or are looking to grow a business that they have already started. Students will learn how to evaluate market opportunity, validate assumptions about their business, and set up all the systems required to launch a successful small business. This program is ideal for students with innovative and conventional business ideas, such as main street, community-based businesses like retail stores and food products, as well as consultants, bookkeepers, caterers, plumbers, yoga-studio operators or personal trainers.

For more information about MCC student businesses, MCC’s new Launch Your Business Now Certificate Program, or the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund, visit: www.launchatmcc.com or contact Stacie Hargis at hargiss@middlesex.mass.edu.

To register for MCC spring-semester courses, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434.

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It’s a fresh new year! Time to work on your business dreams.

Prepare.
Fund. 
Launch. 
Are you an everyday entrepreneur? 

Apply now for our Spring cohort in the Launch Your Business Now program. Classes start Jan 22nd and run Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am – 10:45 am and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm. These classes give you the chance to pitch to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund for seed money to get started or to grow!
Learn more at our website www.launchatmcc.com.

This program is financial aid eligible.

Timeline:

< Register for 3 classes by January 14th (BUS 211, BUS 218, and BUS 216)

< January 22 – May 9th Take courses that help prepare you to launch your grow your business within the next 4 – 12 months

< May – Prepare for you opportunity to pitch to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund committee if you qualify

< Late May – Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund committee makes decisions about seed money

< June – continued support from our LYBN program through the IDEA Center and if funded, through the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund program

 

DifferenceMakers make an impact!

Difference@MCC
The DifferenceMakers at MCC made a major splash at the IDEA Challenge Pitch Contest on Monday, Dec 3rd. Five teams competed to win the top prize of $1,000 to help turn their idea into a reality. The ideas were outstanding! The problems addressed included voter apathy, driver safety, treatment for seasonal affective disorder, treatment for sensory processing disorder, and innovative resources for students.

17 students from across disciplines competed on 5 teams.
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1st place winners ($1,000 prize)
VotEd (Olivia Reposa, Michael Dignan, Gillian Inglis – Business)


2nd place winners ($500 prize)
Omni Sense (Christopher Bonaccolta, Brandon Laplante, and Stephen Gakuya – Mechancical Engineering)

3rd place winners ($300 prize)
HUSH (Ash Whiting, LAS and Katherine Schirpke – Business)

Congratulations!! We will keep you updated as things move along with their ideas.

Pictured below are winning teams with our judges.

Winners

A big thank you to our community Judges:

  • Jeanne L. Osborn, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at LifeLinks, Inc.
  • Colleen Gordon, Social Media Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Peter J. Bagley, Managing Director at Commonwealth Leadership Institute

And our MCC Judges:

  • Phil Sisson, Provost
  • Judy Hogan, Dean of Business, Legal Studies, and Public Service
  • Michele Stein, Computing and Engineering Department Chair

Interested in learning more? Check out our DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge page here

Fall 2018 MCC Shark Tank

For Intro to Entrepreneurship (BUS 130) class, students focus on actively going through the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation and opportunity evaluation to planning and launch of a business. Students recently finished a 3-week long competition and pitched their businesses at our MCC Shark Tank.

Student businesses included t-shirts, car detailing, hair extensions, baked goods, handmade blankets, and more.

Check out some of the awesome work they’ve done!

Competition Results 

Students from 3 classes will be donating over $570 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lowell!

This brings our total donated to the community over the years to $9,182!

Here are our winners from the Online BUS 130 class:

1st place: Joe Foresteire
2nd place: Darcy Gervais
3rd place: Rene Harris
Honorable Mention: Logan Chou 

BUS 130 Fall 2018 Winners

A big thank you to our judges!

  • Ray Wrobel from Align Credit Union
  • Michael Breda from Salem Five Bank
  • Pete Bagley from Commonwealth Leadership Institute
  • John DeNyse from MCC’s Student Venture Fund and Business Major

One of the classes work:

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Final Results – Fall 2018

DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge – Fall 2018

DifferenceMakers…

  • Have an idea
  • See a problem that needs solved
  • Want to make a difference in the community or world

Does this sound like you?

Then participate in the DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge. Join a team to pitch your awesome idea that solves a problem that will make a difference in the world!

Build your resume AND win awesome prizes to help you put it into action at the Idea Challenge Pitch Contest.

1st place $1000

2nd place $500

3rd place $300

What kinds of ideas …. 

  • Challenges can be about healthcare, technology, energy, homelessness, climate change, food security, etc…
  • It can be an innovative process, product, or idea.
  • The possibilities are endless.

How does it work?

  1. Form a student team
  2. Attend 3 workshops to help you prepare
  3. Compete in the IDEA Challenge Pitch Contest on Monday Dec 3rd

Find out more details and apply here!

Flyer 2018

Are you an everyday entrepreneur?

Do you want to start a community-based, local business? 

Retail store, beauty supply products, barber, fishing charters, natural food for athletes, historic home restoration, the ideas are endless… these are just some of our current Launch Your Business Now student ideas.

If so, the Launch Your Business Now program may be able to help you make your dream a reality! Not only will it help you get a foundation to start or grow your idea into a business opportunity, but you can pitch  your idea to a funding committee for seed money! 

Click here to learn more.

Our Fall 2018 Cohort …

Unique gifts store in downtown Lowell, beauty supply products boutique, a barber “on the run”, fishing charters, natural food for athletes, historic home restoration… these are just some of our current Launch Your Business Now student ideas….

and the ideas are endless…

2018 LYBN Cohort Small

Spring 2018 MCC Shark Tank

MCC Entrepreneurship students are amazing! They are donating over $2100 in net profits back to the community!

For Intro to Entrepreneurship (BUS 130) class students, the semester was focused on actively going through the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation and opportunity evaluation to planning and launch of a business. Students took part in a 2-week competition to get the most sales. During that competition, students voted on a non-profit organization to donate all their net profit. This semester’s non-profit donation is going to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell.

Student businesses included t-shirts, face scrub, food, wallets, audio files, shoe cleaning, decorative pillows, and a painting service. More info about the businesses and competition here!

Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard!
Lowell Night Class Net Profit: $774
Bedford Day Class Net Profit: $1346
Students are donating a TOTAL of $2120 

Students also pitched at the MCC Shark Tank. Each class pitched their business, the work they did, and results to three guest judges.

Lowell Night MCC Shark Tank
Thank you to our special guest judges!

  • Juan Boungou, PhD Student at UMass Lowell
  • Susu Wong, Founder, Tomo360 – Marketing Strategies
  • Professor Ashli Ree, Fashion Merchandising Program Coordinator at MCC

First place winner:
Trott’s Tees, Rachael Trott with guest judge Susu Wong

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Second place winner:
Driany’s Decorative Glass, Driany Cruz with guest judge Juan Boungou

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Third place winner:
Joel’s T-shirts, Joel Tatis with guest judge Ashli Ree

BUS 130 80 3rd place

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Bedford Day MCC Shark Tank
Thank you to our special guest judges!

  • Rich Denio, VP Operations, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
  • Dean Judith Hogan, Division of Business, Legal Studies and Public Service
  • Kristen McBride-Silva, Administrative Assistant, Division of Business, Legal Studies and Public Service

First place winner:
Humanity for the Homeless, Jack Stavro with guest judge Rich Denio

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Second place winner:
Holy Churros, Andrea Patino Galindo with guest judge Kristen McBride-Silva

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Third place winner:
Thrift Flip23, Sarah Donahue with guest judge Dean Hogan

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