Tired of working for the man? Have you been kicking around the idea of starting your own business or non-profit?
The time is now. The Merrimack Valley Sandbox wants to help you make your dream a reality.
The deadline for the the 2014 Sandbox Winter Accelerator Program is October 31!
The program, which runs from December through February provides participants with personal mentors, access to 24/7 working space (no more setting up shop in coffee shops and libraries), access to a network of experts on business, design, marketing and fundraising from whom to learn.
Oh . .. and you will also have the opportunity to compete for $30,000 in cash prizes to help launch your business.
It is free to apply and there is no equity taken.
In the last year the Sandbox has helped to launch 25 businesses and non-profits.
Past accelerator participants include:
· Francey Slater & Lydia Sisson – Mill City Grows
A non-profit that has created three community gardens in the city, as well as an urban farm on Middlesex Street, giving Lowell residents the knowledge to grow their own food or purchase locally grown food.
· Greg Page – Merrimack Analysis Group
A business that provides online identity and security seminars for student groups, parent groups, job seekers, and senior citizens that help explain the ins and outs of their digital footprint.
· Samir ElKamouny – Green Bikes of Lowell
A fun and affordable bicycle sharing program that will launch in Lowell in the spring.
· Erin Freeborn – Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion (JCRJD)
A non-profit that works with juvenile offenders in Lowell to take responsibility for their crimes and avoid jail time.
· Chhavy Sinuon – Style this Shindig
An event styling & floral design boutique specializing in creating a customized & cohesive look for weddings and social events.
For more information, including how to apply visit: http://merrimackvalleysandbox.org/entrepreneur-program/accelerators/sandbox-2014-winter-accelerator/
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