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born in holyoke.


about spark


At SPARK, we’re committed to equipping entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources they need to be successful. Our goal is to strengthen and grow Holyoke’s economy from within, helping its often-underrepresented residents tap into their potential to create business and social ventures in the city and region. With the support of our partners, we’ve established an ecosystem of organizations that aim to serve the aspiring entrepreneur through classes, workshops and networking opportunities that support business development.

If you’re ready to start your business or take it to the next level, an entrepreneurial community is here waiting for you!


The team

  Tessa Murphy-Romboletti  Program Director

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

Program Director

  Jona Ruiz  Marketing & Administrative Coordinator

Jona Ruiz

Marketing & Administrative Coordinator

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Do you have a project or business idea you want to see come to life in Holyoke?

Are you looking for access to cash to make it happen?

Then come share your idea with the community at Holyoke Soup!

Holyoke Soup is a great opportunity to access funds and gain community support to make your idea into a reality!  Register online here.

NEXT SOUP NIGHT: May 23, 2018,  5:30pm-7:30pm

NEW LOCATION!: HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute,  164 Race Street Holyoke, MA

Food will be served by SPARK grad, Holyoke Hummus Company.  Beer & wine cash bar.



spark events

SPARK hosts a range of events, suitable for your business goals.



SPARK.Live is a series that includes networking, pitches, festivals and other events that highlight local business. This program is our earliest entry point, targeting people who are looking for a safe place to learn without long-term participatory requirements. These events are meant to encourage creativity and build community.



SPARK.Learn is a series of business seminars and classes hosted by SPARK and our local ecosystem partners. Topics range from legal assistance, financial literacy, social media marketing and more. SPARK works in collaboration with many area organizations to identify, develop and promote area-wide learning opportunities.



SPARK.Launch is a cohort-driven 9-week business accelerator. The Launch program is conducted in the spirit of simplicity and accessibility. We have licensed our curriculum from Co.Starters to deliver this proven business modeling program.


Partners of spark

Thank you to everyone who makes SPARK possible!