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Local Entrepreneurs Complete 1Berkshire Get Mentored Program
11:21AM / Friday, March 22, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Starts Get Mentored program held its final meeting of the 2018-20 session in early March at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Get Mentored, a program of 1Berkshire, helps a selected cohort of five local entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures over the course of a five-month program by pairing them with experienced mentors from the Berkshire County business community.

At this year's final meeting, the Get Mentored cohort presented three-minute elevator pitches, honed over the course of five months of mentoring, to the assembled mentors. After each pitch, the mentors had an opportunity to pose questions and provide advice about the steps the entrepreneurs will be taking over the next six months.

The graduates of the 2018-19 Get Mentored class are: Joe Barry, a construction supervisor whose venture involves building homes where elders can age in place; Brian Handspicker, a startup executive whose venture involves moderation of corporate electronic communications; Rae Langsdale, an IT professional whose venture is a technical support cooperative; Sopheap Nhim, an board-certified behavior analyst whose venture is an applied behavior analysis clinic; and Jebb Remelius, owner of a motion-capture company whose venture is an advanced motion-capture system.

"This year's cohort speaks well to the breadth of entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep here, and it will be incredibly exciting going forward to see how we can continue supporting and bolstering these and other ventures to become rooted, thriving opportunities right here in the Berkshires," said Ben Lamb, 1Berkshire's director of economic development.

 

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