[Hidden-tech] Kayon Accelerator at AmherstWorks

Jerry Guidera jerry at amherstworks.io
Mon Dec 12 16:55:33 EST 2016

We're excited to help the expansion of Kayon Accelerator to Western Mass
from New York City. This new source of funding for area start-ups and
entrepreneurs will be working out of AmherstWorks with its first "class" of
applicants in February 2017. To meet the people behind Kayon and get a tour
of the new AmherstWorks coworking space at 11 Amity Street in downtown
Amherst, come by for an Open House this Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 3 PM. Stick
around after and join us for drinks and snacks at the Amherst Area Chamber
of Commerce's Annual Holiday Party at from 5 to 7 PM. Tickets for the
Chamber event may be booked at www.AmherstArea.com.


Amherst, Mass., December 13, 2016 -- Kayon Partners, in partnership with
AmherstWorks, have launched The Kayon Accelerator located in downtown
Amherst, Massachusetts.  The new entity will act as a nexus for new
businesses and entrepreneurs, combining a range of in-kind services,
hands-on help and a co-working location with an expert team focused on
positively impacting the trajectory of early-stage businesses.

“The Kayon Accelerator is bringing extensive expertise in developing early
stage companies to Amherst,” said Geoff Kravitz, Amherst’s Economic
Development Director. “Kayon’s decision to locate here reinforces the
strength of Amherst’s innovation ecosystem. I look forward to their
success, as well as the success of the disruptive companies they will
cultivate at their AmherstWorks location.”

“Kayon Partners bringing their experience and focus to this project will be
an incredible boon for the local economy and advances the development of
our community as an innovation hub," said Sara la Cour, Executive Director
of Amherst Business Improvement District (BID). “The Amherst BID has been
working closely with many in the valley to create opportunities for
starting and retaining new businesses and this is an enormous step forward.
The Kayon Accelerator program, provides energy and expertise that will spur
increased interest in local investment and vitality. The BID welcomes Kayon
Partners to downtown Amherst.”

Steve Garrow, Amherst College graduate and Managing Partner of Kayon
Partners, added, “The support of the local community has enabled us to try
and fill this need in the marketplace. We look forward to working with all
stakeholders in developing a thriving accelerator program in the heart of

The Kayon Accelerator provides participating companies an intensive
five-month program with the goals of helping early-stage companies progress
rapidly into exciting, viable, venture-scalable businesses. The Accelerator
has begun accepting applicants for the February 2017 incoming class of
companies.  See http://www.kayonaccelerator.com for more information.

Located in a recently renovated First National Bank building on Amity
Street, AmherstWorks provides professional co-working space for small
companies, startups, and freelancers from a variety of industries.  It is
the home of the Bitcoin Foundation and other fast growing young companies
based in the Pioneer Valley. See http://amherstworks.io for more

Kayon Partners is an investment and business development firm located in
New York City and Boston that invests in early through later stage
innovative growth companies.  See http://www.kayonpartners.com for more


We hope to see you Wednesday to help launch Kayon Accelerator, Mythreyi &

Jerry Guidera
General Manager
11 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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