|See those cool windows on the top floor? That's the place.|
|Crowd Checking Out The Tables And Networking|
For a second, I thought I'd stumbled into #MINFoodie5 a day early, because the first entrepreneur I talked to was Christina Hamilton of Delightful Surprise Sweets. Not only are the sweet treats delicious and customized, but the business provides opportunity for people with developmental disabilities.
As I do at Mass Innovation Nights, I tried to check out all the projects/products before the pitches. I talked to so many amazing people, that my head is still buzzing the next day. And I took so many photos, I should probably do a photo album in addition to a blog entry.
For me, the most amazing thing was the diversity of the ideas. Professional development for nannies, textile recycling, drumming circles for nursing homes, anti-bullying programs, and so much more.
Soon enough , it was time for the pitch contest. The judges for the competition were:
- Susan Musinsky - Root Cause
- Dr. Kumble Rajesh - Lowell Community Health Center
- Lydia Sisson - Mill City Grows
- Sophy Theam - Enterprise Bank/ The Parker Foundation
|Helen Adeosun -- SitterCycle|
|Angie Estevez - Casa Shalom|
Monique Morimoto, Stephen Whitney, and Cornell Coley are the first presenters I ever heard with an accompanying beat. They took turns describing their Visionary Drumming project to provide group drumming classes to promote healing, empowerment and community building in places like nursing homes. While one spoke, the other two kept up the beat with shakers. Very cool. They won second prize and I almost voted for them for fan favorite.
|Visionary Drumming Keeping Up the Beat|
|Merrimack Valley Time Exchange -- Joy Mosenfelder|
|Be A Buddy Not A Bully -- Carolyn Ruf|
|Bijal Shah of lallitara Talking Textile Recycling with Raj Meiville|
|Bijal Shah Making Her Winning Pitch -- Wearing A Top Made From Upcycled Saris|
|Judges Listening to Reem Yared of Help Around Town|
|Jessica Listening to the Judge's Question|
|Great Night - Beautiful City|