Among those being recognized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative this year are five entrepreneurs—four alums and a current student on leave—connected with Hampshire College and its Lemelson Program.
Niall Gengler (03F) of Amherst founded NG Cycles, which designs and builds fully custom bicycle frames. Each frame is completely tailored to its rider, ensuring top performance and the best riding experience possible. NG Cycles uses the highest quality materials found on some of the world's best bicycles. A true biking enthusiast, Gengler teaches bicycle frame building at Hampshire while he continues to expand his business.
Ben Einstein (05F) created a company that has been acquired by New England-based Certus International. Einstein is working with Certus to customize the medical imaging software that he developed for use in clinical drug trials.
Lydia Moffet (04F) and her partner Tim Semler started Tinder Hearth Bread in Brooksville, Maine, in 2006. They offer artisan sourdough bread using a traditional slow-fermentation process, all-organic flour grown and milled in Maine, and a large, clay wood-fired oven. Tinder Hearth Bread is one of only four bakeries in the state of Maine that produces bread in this manner. The bread is sold at a variety of farmers' markets, local co-ops, and grocery stores. as well as from their bakery at Valley of Stars Farm. The young company is committed to supporting a community economy.
Brendan Ciecko (06F) of South Hadley, currently on leave from Hampshire, founded Ten Minute Media, which offers Website design and digital marketing. Since founding the company in 2003, Ciecko has acquired an impressive list of major clients including Warner Brothers, Universal Music, SonyBMG, RCA, and Capitol Records. In 2007, Ten Minute Media received PC Magazine's Small Business Award for innovative use of technology. The Western Mass Ad Club recently announced that Ciecko was presented the Best of Show award for his Lily Allen LDN microsite for Capitol Records in the category of Interactive Media.
Joseph Alpern (05F), while still a student at Hampshire College, founded Omega Milk, a dairy alternative superior to soy milk in both taste and nutrition with naturally occurring Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6, and 9. Derived from the hemp seed, the product is marketed and distributed in single-serving packages.
The Entrepreneurship Initiative is one of several initiatives supported by the philanthropy of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, resident and businessman Harold Grinspoon. For more information about Harold Grinspoon Foundation initiatives, visit www.hgcf.org.