Massachusetts Business Co-Founders Honored with Volunteerism Award from NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

An entrepreneurial duo, Christina Divigard and Bob Demetrius,
co-founders of Valvespring,
a communications, marketing and public relations consulting firm, have
been bestowed NFTE’s Volunteerism Award.

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Bob Demetrius and Christina Divigard of Valvespring in Northampton, Mass., have been recognized for their work with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). (Photo: Business Wire)

Recognized for their work as volunteers, advisors, and champions of the
NFTE program, the business partners have been dedicated to sharing their
passion, creativity and business savvy with students in Boston,
Framingham and Hartford. Divigard and Demetrius – who are based in
Valvespring’s Northampton, Mass. office – often commute two hours
one-way to volunteer.

NFTE is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial
mindset in young people from under-resourced communities and builds
their business skills through school-based programs.

“Volunteers like Christina and Bob are critical to bridging the gap
between school curriculum and the world of entrepreneurship,” said
Jennifer Green, New England regional director for NFTE. “They know
first-hand what it’s like to start and run a successful business and are
generous in sharing their personal experiences to help hundreds of our
young entrepreneurs validate their ideas, think big, and reach higher.”

About NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship)NFTE is
an internationally recognized nonprofit that activates the
entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Research shows that the
entrepreneurial mindset—skills including innovation, self-reliance,
comfort with risk, communication, and problem-solving—prepares young
people for lifelong success. Equipped with the mindset, as well as the
business and academic skills that NFTE teaches, NFTE students are ready
to thrive in the innovation economy no matter what path they choose.
NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities. Through its
nationwide network of U.S. offices, NFTE programs reached almost 35,000
students in over 1000 schools last school year. Partnerships in eight
other countries allowed NFTE to serve an additional 40,000 young people
internationally. Learn more at

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For general information about NFTE programs and events in New England
please contact Jennifer Green, 617 388 2008 or

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