Six Babson Miami MBA students representing four ventures, alongside two other Babson-founded companies, will compete April 20-21 in the Startup Showcase x Showdown, an international startup competition awarding more than $420,000 in investments and prizes.
The Babson students and alumnus participating at eMerge include:
Last year, two Babson alumni were part of the winning team at the Startup Showcase x Showdown. Chief revenue officer Dexter Bachelder ’93 and marketing specialist Gisela Hackmann ’12 were part of Togal.AI, an artificial intelligence construction company, which won the grand prize.
The Babson students and alumnus will arrive at the Miami Beach Convention Center not only to pitch their venture to renowned judges but also to network and learn from some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and changemakers at eMerge Americas, including political leaders Daniella Levine Cava and Francis Suarez, gender economist Katica Roy, and keynote speaker and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Three of the Babson Miami students shared their perspectives on what this opportunity means for them and how Babson helped them prepare for the event.
Benchimol: “An event like this is the best opportunity I could have asked for. From the exposure benefits to the networking opportunities and the mentorship sessions, everything about this program made me feel even prouder to be at Babson, and I am so grateful for being lucky enough to be a part of such a unique community.”
Tabachnik: “I’ve been to Proptech events, but nothing like this. I’m very excited to be participating in a pitch competition. This kind of event gets you prepared for what you are going to do as a founder all the time—sometimes you only have 10 seconds to get someone’s attention. This experience helps you synthesize and sell a compelling story and showcase opportunity.”
Vargas Sanchez: “We have never taken part in an event like this before. We consider this a one-of-a-kind opportunity for us to showcase our startup to a live audience, as well as potential customers and investors. It arrives just in time for Babson’s two-year master’s program to end, enabling us to put an excellent cap on all that we’ve learned.”
“From the exposure benefits to the networking opportunities and the mentorship sessions, everything about this program made me feel even prouder to be at Babson.”
Jacques Benchimol MBA’23 of LUVLY*U
Benchimol: “The Babson MBA has prepared me thanks to the valuable classes we have been taking, such as finance, accounting, strategy, and leadership. Also, our final deliverable for the MBA, our capstone project, is very beneficial because it gives you the opportunity to think about the market research and market validation of the ideas you want to launch, and it gives you the chance to practice presenting in front of the cohort, as well as in front of a jury as part of the final presentation. Gustavo (Trindade MBA’17, director of Babson College Miami) truly loves what he does; he is always supportive and willing to give you a push and help you go to the next step.”
Tabachnik: “We are doing our capstone project parallel to eMerge, so we have been perfecting our pitches and our projects. Overall, I think this is an amazing way to finish our MBA program and have us transform our knowledge from our classes to our personal projects.”
Vargas Sanchez: “It has not only provided us with excellent knowledge and resources for future ventures, but it has also given us a sense of belonging and a powerful network of amazing individuals that, to us, are far more valuable than anything else.”
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