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Women-Led Teams Working to Empower Women
Women-Led Teams Working to Empower Women » Three of the nine 2021 B.E.T.A. Challenge finalists share common ground as women-led companies seeking solutions to help women around the world.
B.E.T.A. Challenge Powered by Babson Faculty’s Expertise
B.E.T.A. Challenge Powered by Babson Faculty’s Expertise » The Blank Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual B.E.T.A. Challenge business competition succeeds thanks to one of Babson College’s greatest assets: its faculty.
A Frightening Crash Leads to Life-Saving Opportunity
A Frightening Crash Leads to Life-Saving Opportunity » Skier Victor Wiacek ’22 nearly died after an accident on the slopes. That led him to develop a product to better protect himself and other skiers.
The Pandemic Sparks an Entrepreneurial Boom
The Pandemic Sparks an Entrepreneurial Boom » The tumult of the past year has not scared away entrepreneurs from pursuing their startups. On the contrary, entrepreneurial activity has seen a sharp uptick.
How Freelancers Are Taking Control of Their Careers
How Freelancers Are Taking Control of Their Careers » In his career, Matthew Mottola MSEL’17 has focused on supporting and empowering freelance and remote workers. Now, he has a new book exploring the future of work.
How a Breakup Spurred a New Venture
How a Breakup Spurred a New Venture » After leaving an unhappy relationship, Juliette Swann MSEL’19 founded Birdy, a dating app that aims to help users find better matches.
When Making Masks Proves Purposeful and Personal
When Making Masks Proves Purposeful and Personal » For Babson-built Mighty Well, expanding into the production of face masks was no pivot. It was purposeful and personal.
A Box of Babson Businesses
A Box of Babson Businesses » Ivan Sene MBA’21 partnered with more than a dozen Babson-founded business owners to feature their ventures in one single product.
The Network Effect
The Network Effect » At this Class of 2020 startup, a pair of students from different graduate programs take advantage of dynamic and unexpected opportunities.
Seeking a Babson Alumni-Founded Business? Look to Babson Street
Seeking a Babson Alumni-Founded Business? Look to Babson Street » Featuring everything from apparel and fashion, beverages, eCommerce sites, restaurants, luxury hotels, and more, Babson Street is the College’s "marketplace" of alumni-founded businesses.
The Lessons Learned from a $1.7 Billion Failure
The Lessons Learned from a $1.7 Billion Failure » A mere six months after it launched, the streaming service Quibi announced it was shutting down. What can be learned from such a stunning collapse?
An Entrepreneur Pursues a Passion for Education
An Entrepreneur Pursues a Passion for Education » As a high school tutor, Maxine Anderson ’22 developed a passion for education. Now, as the co-founder of Arist, she’s helping create learning opportunities around the world.
Babson Grads Hustle to Fill Home Fitness Need
Babson Grads Hustle to Fill Home Fitness Need » Two companies led by three Babson graduates are innovating the way athletes stay in shape and pursue their fitness goals.
On a Mission to Become ‘The Greatest Entrepreneur of this Generation’
On a Mission to Become ‘The Greatest Entrepreneur of this Generation’ » WeThrive founder Daquan Oliver ’14 has worked to empower disenfranchised youth entrepreneurs, help countless ventures scale, and eliminate oppression.
Why Startups Need to Pay Attention to Operations
Why Startups Need to Pay Attention to Operations » The numbers don’t lie—most startups fail. But, if founders recognize operations as innovation, they can deliver creative ideas that make or break their startups.
The Investors on Campus
The Investors on Campus » A new student-run fund, Green Line Ventures, aims to support and grow student startups from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley colleges.
The Best Entrepreneurial Leadership Traits, According to Mandy Bowman ’12 This article contains a video
The Best Entrepreneurial Leadership Traits, According to Mandy Bowman ’12 » Official Black Wall Street founder Mandy Bowman ’12 shared her best entrepreneurial leadership traits as part of Babson’s Summer Catalyst Showcase.
Inspiring Business Ideas from the Entrepreneurial Women of Babson
Inspiring Business Ideas from the Entrepreneurial Women of Babson » Are you looking to start a venture and need some inspiration? Delve into these business ideas from risk-taking, rule-breaking, status-quo-shaking women.
First Virtual Catalyst Program Convenes Entrepreneurs Around the World
First Virtual Catalyst Program Convenes Entrepreneurs Around the World » Virtually and around the world, Summer Catalyst participants pitched their businesses to hundreds of viewers in the program’s showcase.
The Hot Seat Goes Virtual
The Hot Seat Goes Virtual » Entrepreneurs in the Summer Catalyst accelerator program sit in the virtual Hot Seat to hear feedback from peers and strategically improve their pitching.
How One Babson Student Sold His Startup
How One Babson Student Sold His Startup » Max Feber ’21 has been working on his cold-brew coffee company, BRUW since high school. With his senior year at Babson on the horizon, it was time to sell. Here’s how he did it.
When One Babson Entrepreneur Helps Another
When One Babson Entrepreneur Helps Another » The founders of Cleancult had spent several years perfecting their product, but one hurdle still remained: finding investors. That’s when the co-founder of Bombas stepped up.
Arist Teams Up with Babson Health and Wellness to Deliver Free Text-Message Course
Arist Teams Up with Babson Health and Wellness to Deliver Free Text-Message Course » Babson’s Health and Wellness team joined together with its own student entrepreneurs to create an online course on social connection while social distancing.
An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on the Rise
An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on the Rise » How does an entrepreneurial ecosystem survive and thrive? The new GEM report highlights the strength of Miami’s entrepreneurial community.
It’s Time to Startup. Is Your Pitch Ready?
It’s Time to Startup. Is Your Pitch Ready? » The world badly needs entrepreneurs to innovate our way into the new normal. Those entrepreneurs need a solid pitch.
Entrepreneurship with Law During COVID-19
Entrepreneurship with Law During COVID-19 » How Danielle Goldman, a Babson WIN Lab® alumna, is helping international students serve local communities.
Babson Ventures Accelerate Online in Summer Catalyst
Babson Ventures Accelerate Online in Summer Catalyst » Student entrepreneurs will work with their advisors, learn from expert speakers, engage with their cohort, and much more as they accelerate their businesses.
Johnny Bui’s Journey—Student, Author, Entrepreneur
Johnny Bui’s Journey—Student, Author, Entrepreneur » As a first-generation college student, Johnny Bui ’20 transferred to Babson to immerse himself in entrepreneurship. Along the way, he wrote a book about young entrepreneurs.
Babson Entrepreneurs Win B.E.T.A. Challenge
Babson Entrepreneurs Win B.E.T.A. Challenge » Noah Doris ’20 of Goba Tea, Vaidehi Tembhekar MBA’21 of Busy Boda, and Aakaanksh Pothukutchi ’13 of Dash Beyond are the winners of the 2020 B.E.T.A. Challenge.
‘When There’s a Problem, There’s an Opportunity’
‘When There’s a Problem, There’s an Opportunity’ » Entrepreneurs Matt Nuernberger MBA ’10 and David Zamarin ’19 are in different businesses, yet share a common mission: retooling their operations to stay successful in response to the pandemic.
The B.E.T.A. Challenge Finale is Coming. The Finalists are Ready.
The B.E.T.A. Challenge Finale is Coming. The Finalists are Ready. » At the B.E.T.A. Challenge finale, Babson entrepreneurs will come together for the ultimate pitch, and an opportunity to win big.
A Pivot for Our Furry Friends
A Pivot for Our Furry Friends » Emily Lagasse MBA’15, founder of Petwell Supply, pivoted her business model in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
For Alumni, B.E.T.A. a Chance to Win Big and Give Back
For Alumni, B.E.T.A. a Chance to Win Big and Give Back » The impact of Babson’s global alumni network can be seen and felt in many ways throughout the duration of the annual B.E.T.A. Challenge.
Sending an Air Hug
Sending an Air Hug » Helena Dweck’s early return from a semester abroad in Italy sparked a business idea.
The B.E.T.A. Challenge Goes Online This article contains a photo gallery
The B.E.T.A. Challenge Goes Online » Even from a distance, the Babson community came together to support this year's B.E.T.A. Challenge semifinalists.
Pitching Your Business Online? Don’t Forget to Test Your Tech
Pitching Your Business Online? Don’t Forget to Test Your Tech » Perfecting your pitch requires a number of practice rounds. Yet when you're pitching your business online, preparation is even more paramount.
How to Pivot Your Pitch and Go Online
How to Pivot Your Pitch and Go Online » You can still get an audience with investors. You can still participate in a pitch competition. The catch—you’ve got to do it online. Here's how.
Popped Water Lily Seeds Go Prime Time
Popped Water Lily Seeds Go Prime Time » Nadine Habayeb is about to swim with the sharks as she attempts to seal a deal for her snack company, Bohana, on ABC’s Shark Tank on Friday night, March 20.
Lessons from Zumba’s Disruptive Business Model
Lessons from Zumba’s Disruptive Business Model » Fitness is an industry filled with disruptive business models. What can we learn from Zumba’s?
Babson Entrepreneurs Converge on Miami
Babson Entrepreneurs Converge on Miami » Miami was home to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s annual meeting and Report Launch.
Entrepreneurs Worldwide Want Their Business to Make a Difference
Entrepreneurs Worldwide Want Their Business to Make a Difference » Forty percent of entrepreneurs in 35 economies want to use their business to make a difference in the world.
Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone at Babson
Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone at Babson » While she was launching Yad, her home decor business, Debbie Cohen ’19 took full advantage of the many resources that Babson offers budding entrepreneurs.
Want to Know How to Rebrand Your Business? Think Customer First.
Want to Know How to Rebrand Your Business? Think Customer First. » Shay Gaafar MBA’19 says that learning how to rebrand your business is easier when you keep customers, not marketing, top of mind.
Creating a New (Ad)venture in FME
Creating a New (Ad)venture in FME » Jack Flynn ’20 always had an appetite for creativity. That interest led him to Babson, where he turned his FME business into his full-time venture.
Building Startup Communities with Brad Feld
Building Startup Communities with Brad Feld » At a fireside chat with members of the Babson community, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author Brad Feld painted an incredibly rich picture of entrepreneurial ecosystems.
SPLAT! Breaking the Rules in STEM Education
SPLAT! Breaking the Rules in STEM Education » If you’re on a mission to get kids excited about coding, letting them jump and play is a pretty good place to start. Just ask Bryanne Leeming MBA’16, who built a business that mixes STEM education and play.
Made by MSEL, Acquired by TB12
Made by MSEL, Acquired by TB12 » Babson College’s MSEL program provided Cameron Fischer and Alfred Schofield with guidance they needed to start a company and catch the eyes of TB12 Sports.
Ring Founder and Babson Alumnus Named AACSB Influential Leader
Ring Founder and Babson Alumnus Named AACSB Influential Leader » Jamie Siminoff ’99, founder and chief inventor at Ring, has been honored as a 2020 AACSB Influential Leader.
One Student Entrepreneur’s Virtual Reality
One Student Entrepreneur’s Virtual Reality » As founder of virtual reality business Vinci, Eagle Wu ’20 has worked with clients from the Air Force to renewable energy businesses.
Culture as the Strategy for Startup Success
Culture as the Strategy for Startup Success » How can you create a high-performance company culture for startup success? With research-based insights, leadership and culture expert Bob Stringer shares his tips.
A Super Bowl Champion, a Social Innovator, and a Babson College Tradition
A Super Bowl Champion, a Social Innovator, and a Babson College Tradition » Super Bowl champion Matt Chatham MBA’11 and Jon Feinman MBA’10 talk about pitching ideas and how mistakes led to success at Rocket Pitch 2019.
For Fashion Entrepreneur Ruthie Davis, Making Shoes with Disney Is ‘Like a Dream’
For Fashion Entrepreneur Ruthie Davis, Making Shoes with Disney Is ‘Like a Dream’ » In her collaborations with Disney, fashion entrepreneur Ruthie Davis brings together the company’s beloved characters with her distinct creative voice.
Inspired to Give Back
Inspired to Give Back » Noelia Chacon ’23 draws on her Guatemalan heritage to inspire her to make an impact, wherever she goes.
Celebrating 20 Years of Rocket Pitch with 20 Entrepreneurs, Part II
Celebrating 20 Years of Rocket Pitch with 20 Entrepreneurs, Part II » Our list of 20 Babson College entrepreneurs and innovators who have pitched at Babson's signature pitch event continues.
Celebrating 20 Years of Rocket Pitch with 20 Entrepreneurs, Part I
Celebrating 20 Years of Rocket Pitch with 20 Entrepreneurs, Part I » Meet 20 Babson entrepreneurs and innovators who have pitched at Babson’s most iconic—and electrifying—pitch event.
The Babson College MBAs Behind These ‘Startups That Disrupt’
The Babson College MBAs Behind These ‘Startups That Disrupt’ » Poets & Quants recently set out to discover MBA startups with staying power. After scouring 28 campuses and countless companies, here are two Babson College startups that disrupt.
How International Students Can Start a Business in the United States
How International Students Can Start a Business in the United States » International entrepreneurs face multiple obstacles when trying to start a business in the United States. Here’s how to overcome them.
Life and Business After ePitch
Life and Business After ePitch » ePitch finalist Ryan Laverty ’20 stood out on stage. Now he’s making plans for the future.
Apply for the 20th Annual Rocket Pitch
Apply for the 20th Annual Rocket Pitch » For 20 years, Babson and its Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs propel their business ideas at Rocket Pitch—a signature, fast-paced event for the whole community. Apply now!
How to Start a Business: 3 Things To Do Right Now
How to Start a Business: 3 Things To Do Right Now » Debi Kleiman, the executive director of The Arthur M. Blank Center of Entrepreneurship, shares three important things to know in how to start a business.
TORq Interface Wins Big
TORq Interface Wins Big » Joanna Geisinger MBA’17 and her startup, TORq Interface, pitched to win $100,000, and the investment interest of some famous judges, including Jamie Siminoff ’99, founder of Ring, at Babson ePitch: Second Century Challenge.
4 Questions with April Chen ’19
4 Questions with April Chen ’19 » April Chen ’19 reflects on her journey to Babson, building—and pivoting—her venture, and her favorite Babson moments.
Centennial Celebration Brings Distinguished Entrepreneurs Back to Babson
Centennial Celebration Brings Distinguished Entrepreneurs Back to Babson » This September, 20 members of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® will return to Babson to celebrate the College’s Centennial and the future of entrepreneurship.
Alumni Who Pitched Ideas on ‘Shark Tank’ Return to Babson
Alumni Who Pitched Ideas on ‘Shark Tank’ Return to Babson » At this year's Babson Connect: Worldwide, part of the College’s Centennial Celebration, four Babson alumni shared their experiences pitching on ABC’s "Shark Tank."
A Business Idea That Hits Close To Home
A Business Idea That Hits Close To Home » Wendi Kan ’22 used her personal struggles acclimating to high school in the U.S. to evolve her business idea.
After NFL, Players Turn to Babson
After NFL, Players Turn to Babson » Former NFL players interested in new business careers have come to Babson for The Entrepreneur's Bootcamp.
Alumnus Connection Helps WIN Lab Go Global
Alumnus Connection Helps WIN Lab Go Global » For the first time in program history, and in partnership with alumnus Marvin Tarawally ’17, Babson’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® is taking its expertise abroad to provide Liberian entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and mindset they need to accelerate their ventures.
And the Finalists Are …
And the Finalists Are … » On September 20, 2019, as part of Babson’s Centennial Celebration, startups Arist, Gentreo, and TORq Interface will compete for upward of $100,000 at Babson ePitch: Second Century Challenge.
Summer Venture Showcase Concludes 10-Week Boston Accelerator
Summer Venture Showcase Concludes 10-Week Boston Accelerator » On July 25, 13 student startup teams capped off an intense 10-week accelerator program at Babson’s Summer Venture Showcase at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
From Entrepreneurial Leader to Entrepreneur in Residence
From Entrepreneurial Leader to Entrepreneur in Residence » Tech CEO Priya Iyer takes on her newest role: Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson's Blank Center.
Stepping Up to the Hot Seat
Stepping Up to the Hot Seat » As the annual Summer Venture Program concludes, entrepreneurs take turns pitching their endeavor to perfect their articulation and persuasion skills.
One Family’s Non-Linear Family Entrepreneurship Journey
One Family’s Non-Linear Family Entrepreneurship Journey » For three generations, the Barber family has evolved their business from a small butcher shop to a national food industry leader.
5 Creative Ways Female Founders Fund Their Startups
5 Creative Ways Female Founders Fund Their Startups » Women entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to develop diverse funding portfolios, allowing them to launch, build, and scale their startups without traditional angel and venture capital dollars.
Delegates Attend Babson Academy Session, Brush Serves on CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council
Delegates Attend Babson Academy Session, Brush Serves on CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council » From national and local media to the classroom, our thought leaders recently shared insight on innovative startups and entrepreneurship education.
Student Startups Make Summer Venture Program
Student Startups Make Summer Venture Program » Find out which student startup teams will take their businesses through Babson’s intensive Summer Venture Program.
Steve Case: Collaboration Will Be Key to New Era of Entrepreneurship
Steve Case: Collaboration Will Be Key to New Era of Entrepreneurship » AOL co-founder Steve Case challenged the undergrad Class of 2019 to lead innovation in regions outside of today’s startup hubs at Centennial Commencement.
To Scale Startups, Female Founders Think Beyond VC
To Scale Startups, Female Founders Think Beyond VC » Despite a microscope being placed on the lack of capital received by women entrepreneurs, there has been no upward movement. But, as the challenges continue, women founders are blazing new paths toward startup success.
How Solving 1 Problem Led to Millions in Revenue
How Solving 1 Problem Led to Millions in Revenue » Wanderu founder Polina Raygorodskaya ’08 illustrated to the growing startup community of Miami how solving a problem led to more than $100 million in revenue.
At the Founders Summit, Mentoring Goes Mega
At the Founders Summit, Mentoring Goes Mega » 100 alumni founders. 100 student entrepreneurs. 200 conversations. 1 afternoon. The Blank Center takes mentoring to the next level at Babson’s first Founders Summit.
Ideas and Inspiration at Babson’s First Founders Summit
Ideas and Inspiration at Babson’s First Founders Summit » Babson’s first Founder’s Summit was a day filled with inspiration, advice, and ideas from entrepreneurs of all kinds, including successful serial entrepreneur Tim DeMello ’81, P’18.
Babson Startups Win Big at B.E.T.A. Challenge
Babson Startups Win Big at B.E.T.A. Challenge » More than $300,000 in cash and prizes was awarded at the esteemed Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (B.E.T.A.) Challenge.
The Corporate Entrepreneur: Matthew Mottola at Microsoft
The Corporate Entrepreneur: Matthew Mottola at Microsoft » Matthew Mottola MS’17 is obsessed with fixing both the way we work, and the way we feel about our work. He used his make-it-happen mindset to tackle this problem at Microsoft.
Michael Ioffe’s Conversation Became a World-Changing Idea
Michael Ioffe’s Conversation Became a World-Changing Idea » A series of conversations with students in Yemen left Michael Ioffe ’21 with an idea—that text messages could be used to bridge the digital learning access gap.
One Day. All Access. Founders Summit 2019.
One Day. All Access. Founders Summit 2019. » Entrepreneurial power houses from Babson’s global community will come together for the first Founder’s Summit on Thursday, April 11.
B.E.T.A. Challenge Semifinalists Pitch Their Startups This article contains a photo gallery
B.E.T.A. Challenge Semifinalists Pitch Their Startups » Undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni pitched their businesses at the 2019 B.E.T.A. Challenge Semifinals, in hopes of ultimately competing for $300,000 in cash and in-kind services during the finals on Thursday, April 11.
Shay Jaffar – A Brand Born at Babson
Shay Jaffar – A Brand Born at Babson » Shay Gaafar MBA’19 came to Babson to dive into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Two years later, she’s leaving with her own brand.
B.E.T.A. Challenge Winners: Where Are They Now?
B.E.T.A. Challenge Winners: Where Are They Now? » What happens after you win the B.E.T.A. Challenge? WIth this year's Venture Expo and Finale nearing, The Blank Center caught up with past winners for updates on their businesses.
“I Walked In And Knew, These Are My People”
“I Walked In And Knew, These Are My People” » As a young entrepreneur, Rachel Pardue ’19, co-founder of LOU, often felt like the odd one out—until she found her home at Babson.
From Commander to Student to Fellow to CEO
From Commander to Student to Fellow to CEO » As graduation approached for Prakash Veenam MBA '18, he took advantage of a summer fellowship offered through the Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. That fellowship paved the way for Veenam to become CEO just three months later.
Setting the Stage for Startup Success
Setting the Stage for Startup Success » Now more than ever, American entrepreneurs see good business opportunities around them. So, what will it take for them to act on it—and to be successful?
Class of 2022 Debuts FME Ventures This article contains a photo gallery
Class of 2022 Debuts FME Ventures » Miss the FME Expo? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Browse our gallery to meet the class of 2022's FME ventures, the products they’re selling, and the causes they’re promoting.
Leadership and Startup Expert Bob Stringer Will Lead the Summer Venture Program
Leadership and Startup Expert Bob Stringer Will Lead the Summer Venture Program » Consultant, author, and venture capitalist-turned-angel investor and startup advisor Bob Stringer is the Blank Center’s new Summer Venture Program director.
Blank Center Names New Entrepreneurs in Residence
Blank Center Names New Entrepreneurs in Residence » Accomplished tech executives and entrepreneurs Derek Schoettle and John Landry will mentor students and share their experiences at the Blank Center.
From the Classroom to Shark Tank, Max Feber’s Future is BRUWing
From the Classroom to Shark Tank, Max Feber’s Future is BRUWing » Babson College student Max Feber ’21 is the founder and CEO of BRUW, the cold brew filter changing the game on how people drink and make coffee.
Determined to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution? Wishroute Is With You
Determined to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution? Wishroute Is With You » Just in time for your New Year's Resolutions, meet the three-time Babson graduate behind Wishroute, an accountability service that provides a human-powered path to wellness.
Anup Gosavi MBA’13 Wins IAN Global Startup Competition
Anup Gosavi MBA’13 Wins IAN Global Startup Competition » Three Babson founders took their startups to the global stage at the Indian Angel Network Global Startup Competition virtual finale on December 15. Anup Gosavi MBA’13 emerged victorious.
15 Inspiring Stories for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
15 Inspiring Stories for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day » Today we’re officially celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. But women entrepreneurs are celebrated every day at Babson.
Breaking Down Language Barriers with Entrada ESL
Breaking Down Language Barriers with Entrada ESL » Social entrepreneur Erin Janklow MBA’14, founder of Entrada ESL, is working with companies such as Rent the Runway, Vail Resorts, and the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance to teach English as a second language to labor workers.
The Power of Scale Up Around the World
The Power of Scale Up Around the World » Representatives from 10 countries from around the world gathered at Babson to discuss the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for scaling up to increase economic development.
Looking for a Babson Entrepreneur? Go to the Coasts
Looking for a Babson Entrepreneur? Go to the Coasts » Businesses run by Babson students, alumni, and community members are thriving domestically and internationally. From coast to coast, Babson entrepreneurs are participating in competitive accelerators and scaling their businesses to increase their impact.
All About Angel Investors
All About Angel Investors » Angels are private investors who want to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. And they are a critical component of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing the necessary financing to help founders get moving. Kevin Colleran ’03 and Babson Professor Zach Zacharakis share their insight into the world of angel investing.
What Exactly Does It Do? Female Entrepreneurs on the Art of the Technology Pitch
What Exactly Does It Do? Female Entrepreneurs on the Art of the Technology Pitch » Complicated technology, a landscape stacked against you, and lots of unknown territory. These female entrepreneurs are giving advice on how to pitch your tech company to wow investors.
How One Founder Transformed Her Pitch and Found Her Voice
How One Founder Transformed Her Pitch and Found Her Voice » Babson Professor Lakshmi Balachandra’s research led one entrepreneur to reevaluate how she pitches her business and adopt a bolder, more assertive approach.
“Life as an Entrepreneur? It’s Pretty Freaking Exciting”
“Life as an Entrepreneur? It’s Pretty Freaking Exciting” » Two years after college, Hanson Grant ’16 is celebrating the success of his startup, Think Board, and a strategic new partnership with Rocketbook.
Meet the Babson Names Behind Your Favorite “Shark Tank” Products
Meet the Babson Names Behind Your Favorite “Shark Tank” Products » What do comfortable socks, a video doorbell, a drone academy, and gourmet peanuts have in common? They’re all products and businesses pitched on “Shark Tank” by Babson students and alumni.
10 Lessons from 10 Years of Babson’s Summer Venture Program
10 Lessons from 10 Years of Babson’s Summer Venture Program » To celebrate Babson's Summer Venture Program's 10th anniversary, we spoke with alumni to determine the top 10 lessons from the program.
Supporting Black Entrepreneurs with Official Black Wall Street
Supporting Black Entrepreneurs with Official Black Wall Street » Starting a successful new venture requires heart, resourcefulness, and capital. And it’s usually birthed from a strong need or desire to change something for the better.
The Startup World Needs More Women-Led Unicorns
The Startup World Needs More Women-Led Unicorns » “We are leaving billions of dollars on the table by not having half of the population involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s not a feminist problem. It’s a problem we all have to solve.”
Diamonds and the Blockchain
Diamonds and the Blockchain » What does blockchain have to do with your diamond ring?
Linda Rottenberg’s Advice: Go Crazy on Your Idea
Linda Rottenberg’s Advice: Go Crazy on Your Idea » Linda Rottenberg has a message for aspiring entrepreneurs: If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t dreaming big enough.
Crooked Oak’s Head-First Dive Into Craft Spirits
Crooked Oak’s Head-First Dive Into Craft Spirits » What started as an experiment for a family of entrepreneurs has grown into a full-fledged business, putting a new spin on classic spirits.
Launching a Startup? Avoid These 3 Common Legal Mistakes
Launching a Startup? Avoid These 3 Common Legal Mistakes » In the excitement of finally launching a venture, legal questions and concerns may be at the back of a founder’s mind. But, they shouldn’t be.
6 Tried and True PR Strategies for Startups
6 Tried and True PR Strategies for Startups » Ask any hustling entrepreneur and they’ll tell you: free PR isn’t free. Seeing your company’s name in print and watching new prospects click with your story is gratifying, but it requires an investment of time and energy, and can open you up to risk.
3 Principles for Navigating Change
3 Principles for Navigating Change » Founders and intrapreneurs share how they've navigated change in this age of constant disruption.
3 Lessons from Distinguished Entrepreneurs
3 Lessons from Distinguished Entrepreneurs » What can we learn from the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs? We look to the world's first entrepreneurship hall of fame to find out.
Turning Leftovers into Bestovers
Turning Leftovers into Bestovers » This food entrepreneur is using pulp-based snacks to transform the way we think about—and use—food waste.
Need Space for Your Startup? Consider Co-working
Need Space for Your Startup? Consider Co-working » How do you improve an already world-renowned startup accelerator? The answer for Babson's Summer Venture program was simple: co-working.
Tackling Sustainability Goals with Social Innovation in Liberia
Tackling Sustainability Goals with Social Innovation in Liberia » Taylor Quinn and Marvin Tarawally are using entrepreneurial thought and action to tackle combat malnutrition and advance education in Liberia.
Students Backing Students: The Rise of the Dorm Room Venture Capitalist
Students Backing Students: The Rise of the Dorm Room Venture Capitalist » Rough Draft Ventures' peers-funding-peers model gives young entrepreneurs access to equity-free capital and resources, and gives students access to learning about the Venture Capital industry. Above all, it encourages entrepreneurship and creates a community of student founders that have gone on to launch successful ventures after graduation.
4 Ways To Ace Your Venture Capital Funding Pitch
4 Ways To Ace Your Venture Capital Funding Pitch » Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s a harsh but true reality, especially for entrepreneurs seeking venture funding. In a world with millions of ideas, many of which are the same, why should a venture capitalist fund yours?
Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women
Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women » In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo, who was struggling to find care for her newborn child and her ailing father. Her struggle to find suitable care inspired her to develop a better solution for families everywhere.
TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO
TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO » Stephen Kaufer has been with TripAdvisor throughout its 16-year journey from B2B vertical search engine to becoming the world’s largest travel site. Along the way, he has steered the company through pivots, sales, acquisitions and an IPO, to become an industry-leader in a highly competitive and rapidly evolving market.
Growing the Maker Movement at American Field
Growing the Maker Movement at American Field » For entrepreneur Mark Bollman the concept of American Made isn't a trend or passing fad. It's a movement showcasing the best in American made goods, and the entrepreneurs behind them.
Want to Join a Startup Accelerator? Read This First
Want to Join a Startup Accelerator? Read This First » Seasoned pros share wisdom, experiences, and advice with fellow founders considering applying for a startup incubator or accelerator program.
Forget Fear of Failure: 3 Ways to Take the “F” Word Out of Your Vocabulary
Forget Fear of Failure: 3 Ways to Take the “F” Word Out of Your Vocabulary » Drop your fear of failure. In fact, Jay Markiewicz recommends removing the words “failure” or “fail” entirely from conversations about entrepreneurship.
Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?
Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change? » How collaborative economy ventures, including car-sharing platforms such as BlaBlaCar, Lyft, and Uber, are helping combat climate change.
Exploring the Psychological Side of Repeat Entrepreneurship
Exploring the Psychological Side of Repeat Entrepreneurship » Is entrepreneurship addictive? Research explores, and attempts to answer, that very question.
Swimming With The Sharks
Swimming With The Sharks » Entrepreneurs who have pitched on Shark Tank—including Jamie Siminoff '99 of Ring—share their experiences an advice for those seeking a swim with the sharks.
Outgrowing the Startup
Outgrowing the Startup » For startups with staying power, growing the business is often a primary goal, trading speed for scale. But, does that growth and transition to major-player status mean a business outgrows its startup roots?
From Battlefield to Boss
From Battlefield to Boss » In cities and towns across the country, today more than 2.4 million small businesses are veteran-owned.
Running a Business Rooted in Mission
Running a Business Rooted in Mission » What happens if an organization’s business side conflicts with its mission? In some cases, this struggle can lead to mission creep—a term used in the nonprofit world to describe a migration away from the original purpose to a new direction entirely.
Debating the Exit Strategy
Debating the Exit Strategy » For the venture-minded entrepreneur, an end might be a successful business … but then what? What are the different paths to “done” for an entrepreneur starting out? Is it going public, getting acquired, starting a spin-off, or expanding to multiple locations?
How an Alpine Adventure Inspired a Business
How an Alpine Adventure Inspired a Business » What can the Matterhorn, a 14,000-foot alpine peak, teach an entrepreneur about running a business?
How to Approach Investors 101
How to Approach Investors 101 » A thoughtful strategy for approaching investors can boost entrepreneurs' odds of success.
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II » Social investment platforms are as diverse as the challenges they seek to address. They share a common goal of having a positive effect and supporting social causes, but approach community engagement and fundraising differently.
Lessons from Zumba: 4 Ways to Lead Your Company’s Innovation and Growth
Lessons from Zumba: 4 Ways to Lead Your Company’s Innovation and Growth » Lessons from Zumba cofounders Alberto Perlman '98 and Alberto Aghion on innovation, growth, and resilience during the past decade.
The Sharing Economy
The Sharing Economy » “The best ideas are the ones that have been around for a long time," is a starting point for the growing entrepreneurial movement to exploit the notion of collective consumption putting a technology-powered new spin on sharing, renting, or bartering goods and services.
Got a Great Idea? Prove It
Got a Great Idea? Prove It » Entrepreneurs by temperament are gushing wells of inspiration—new businesses, new solutions to old problems, and new approaches. In those first bursts of imagination, an opportunity appears suddenly obvious, even if the path to success will be long and full of false starts. And, then, another idea might manifest, seeming as brilliant as the first.
How to Sell Disruption
How to Sell Disruption » Even with a compelling story to tell, one of the most difficult chores of disrupting a market is actually convincing people they should change.
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part I
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part I » Crowdfunding is an Internet-powered evolution of an age-old activity, and it’s providing social entrepreneurs with access to capital, customers, and ideas.
It’s Not Failure, It’s Intentional Iteration
It’s Not Failure, It’s Intentional Iteration » Businesses will fail. Accepting this and learning from the experience of crashing a company are central components of being an entrepreneur.
The Importance of Place in Entrepreneurship
The Importance of Place in Entrepreneurship » Around the country, entrepreneurs cited numerous examples of what makes for a great environment. Along with networks, capital, and mentorship, all mention cultural aspects of the place where they’re building their ventures.