Entrepreneurship Awards Community Impact Finalists

Apr 23, 2015

Recognizing the Hartford Region’s thriving start-ups and small businesses, the HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted to engage and recognize Hartford’s budding and most enterprising ventures run by our young businesswomen and businessmen.

At the event, the three finalists from the Business Pre-Launch and Business Launch categories will have an opportunity to present their businesses to the panel of judges and other attendees in an effort to show why their business is strong and poised to grow.

  • Pre-Launch Award - targeted at a business that has not yet launched, but has strong potential for success after launch in their given industry. The start-up owner should be age 40 or under to be eligible for this award.
  • Business Launch Award - targeted at new businesses from any sector that have launched since January 1, 2012, and demonstrate strong potential for growth and success. The business owner should be age 40 or under to be eligible for this award.
  • Community Impact Award - targeted at an individual whose business from any industry is making an impact on their community. Each finalist is spearheading a specific community project which is having a positive impact, and which is being led by a young professional. Voting has closed and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.
Throughout the month of April, before the awards ceremony on Monday, April 27th, we will be recognizing each of the finalists from each category, and today we are talking about our 3 Community Impact finalists!

Active City

Hartford Athletic Club
Jeff Devereux

Active City is a new youth sports and recreation project created through the uniting of long standing youth sports groups, community members and Jeff, a local entrepreneur. Active City aims to create an association of independent youth sport and recreation programs in the city so that the organizations can share resources and work together to solve the problems that exist.

Jeff has been able to work with the community members that recognized this need to formally establish the idea of Active City. So far they have created a five-member board and established the project as a formal non-profit. He has been able to contribute the proceeds, over $1000, of various events that his business Hartford Athletic Club has held to fund their legal fees and documentation to establish our 501c3 status and provide basic start up funds. He serves as the board’s secretary and he is personally responsible to push forward their three-year plan to accomplish our programmatic and fundraising goals while the other board members continue to provide support and run the actual youth programs.

Night Fall

Kinetic Dreams

Night Fall is a celebration of community and seasonal change through art, music, dance and local artist Anne Cubberly's legendary giant puppets. Night Fall presents a free performance in one of Hartford’s public parks annually, inspired by that neighborhood’s diversity, culture, and history. They create cross-sector partnerships to present free workshops throughout the city to foster community relationships through art. They celebrate nature and strive for sustainability by using recycled materials and leaving no post-event footprint. They are a uniquely Hartford celebration and signature event for the region that brings people together to revitalize the urban landscape and creatively transform our capital city.

LB has played a pivotal role in the planning, organization, and development of Night Fall as a not-for-profit entity and in the writing, creation, and mounting of the performance as Night Fall’s Production Manager. Now in it’s fourth year, Night Fall has hosted over thirty free community arts workshops and partnered with more than forty civic, youth, and philanthropic organizations throughout the City of Hartford. They hire and champions performers and artists (50 and counting annually) from the greater Hartford area. Night Fall supports the development of young artists and performers, pairing them with area professionals to hone their craft. Event attendance has risen 150% each year since it’s inception as Night Fall poises itself to be a destination event bringing attention to the beauty and safety of Hartford’s green spaces. In doing so, Night Fall celebrates the diversity and history of Hartford neighborhood while proving invaluable public access to a relevant, inclusive cultural experience.

Community Supported Agriculture
Sub Edge Farm
Rodger Phillips

Sub Edge Farm is a sustainable family farm on 300 acres in Farmington and Avon, Connecticut. The primary goals of Sub Edge Farm are: to grow clean, nutritious food for the local community to foster responsible stewardship of the land by using exclusively organic methods. To restore the link between people and agriculture by encouraging involvement on the farm. To educate the consumer of the importance of farm raised, local food. To strengthen the local economy through purchasing local materials and employment. 

Rodger Phillips spent 8 years growing food for low income families with Hartford Food System and Urban Oaks Farm, he began planning a larger scale CSA that would be able to grow more food for the local community. Working closely with his wife Isabelle and his four children, he spent several years in the planning stages. Rodger oversees all aspects of the CSA operation, from crop planning, to field work to harvest and community outreach and customer service. In its first season Sub Edge Farm CSA has been incredibly successful in engaging the local community and accomplishing its goals. 150 local families receive boxes of fresh produce all summer long, visiting the farm on a weekly basis, getting to know where their food comes from and becoming important stakeholders in the farm itself. The farm also grew over 3,500 lbs. of food for local food banks, hosted an event for the Chamber of Commerce, offered workshops for beginning farmers and welcomed student groups from several area schools.

We asked all 3 finalists what it would mean to them if they win? 

To learn more about our 3 Community Impact finalists, we invite you to attend the Entrepreneurship Awards, free of charge, held at the The Hartford Public Library on Monday, April 27th from 6 - 9pm. Registration is encouraged through our website or our Facebook page.

Read about each of our finalists!
Business Pre-Launch - Bevel Labs, Inc | Breakfast x Lunch x Dinner | InstaCraft
Business Launch - Bear's Smokehouse | The Brothers Crisp | Porter21
Community Impact - Active City | CSA | Night Fall

Thank you to the Community Impact Nominees!
Local Love | The Ear Cave | Urban Roots | YLAC


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