Kripalu Wins Lever Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kripalu won Lever's 2021 Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge and $25,000 on Thursday, Sept. 23, the first event of the Lever Innovation Summit, which continues Friday, Sept. 24. 
 
A panel of judges declared Kripalu the winner for its plan to bring its sourdough bread and other baked goods to local and regional markets, with proceeds being used to bring yoga to underserved communities.
 
Other finalists competing in the Challenge were Kripalu, Wellness Concepts, JM Spartan, and The Chamberlain Group. The Challenge was emceed by Gregory Thomas, Executive Director & Lecturer at UMASS Amherst's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Management. 
 
"The Intrapreneur Challenge is a great showcase of how established companies can continue to innovate," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "It's also more proof that the Berkshires are ripe for innovation. In addition to the entrepreneurship that happens here, businesses with deep roots are ready to launch new ideas that will ultimately create jobs in the region."
 
Lever's two-day Innovation Summit features intrapreneurs who "innovate from within" mature companies, a discussion of rural innovation, and presentations from leaders who are innovating for inclusion. Other events at the Summit include keynotes by Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director of Mass Tech Collaborative and Kenn Turner, CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. 

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Community Marches to Raise Funds for Elizabeth Freeman Center

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

The center has raised 90 percent of its goal of $125,000 so far. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents and community leaders marching down North Street last week were encouraged by passing vehicles honking their support for the walk to raise funds for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. 
 
"It's been a tough 2 1/2 years. I think with COVID, we've all been feeling the pain and Elizabeth Freeman Center, we knew that COVID would create the very conditions that lead to increased violence," said Executive Director Janis Broderick.
 
"And we've been seeing we've been seeing more calls, much higher levels of danger, and much greater financial need prior to COVID are written to protection of violence."
 
Since 2006, at least 14 people, including three children, have "been murdered by their current or former partners, husbands and father," Broderick said. 
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