We’ve been busy building, supporting and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance in Springfield and, guess what? It’s working! Wahoo! Each year we grow in the number of mentors working with us and the startups we’re impacting.
We’re so grateful for our gracious mentors who take time out of their busy schedules to work with our startup founders. It’s been a double-win because our mentors have been finding the experience mutually beneficial. Attorney Hubert “Hugh” Pfabé, who has volunteered as both a mentor and facilitator in our Give, Get, Grow community said he loves VVM because, “it provides a sense of community among startups, and those who are passionate about entrepreneurship, in the area. It also does so in a very fun and inclusive way. I especially like the diversity of people, be it gender, education, or other background, that participate.”
He said he hopes that future startup founders, like the budding ones who will participate in VVM’s first Collegiate Accelerator this summer, continue to build on that kind of inclusiveness.
“My hope is that the next generation truly becomes an inclusive community, supporting each other throughout their endeavors. There are so many different types of businesses out there, with people from such varied backgrounds participating, yet they all face challenges that are unique and yet similar. I hope that the startup community supports each other, because it is in everyone’s benefit to do so,” Pfabe said.