Tag: VC & Investing

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Equality in Entrepreneurship? Not Yet
Equality in Entrepreneurship? Not Yet » Babson’s Candida Brush has long studied women entrepreneurs. They have made many strides, but one critical challenge remains.
What Happens to a Woman-Led Business After Startup?
What Happens to a Woman-Led Business After Startup? » New research from Babson College and Bank of America finds that successful women entrepreneurs face barriers beyond capital, yet forge ahead through grit, resilience, and leadership.
Can the Financial Markets Make the World a Better Place?
Can the Financial Markets Make the World a Better Place? » Erika Karp’s investment firm helps clients make a social impact with their money. Babson recently honored her with the Centennial Social Innovator Award.
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!
Fighting the Gender Investment Gap
Fighting the Gender Investment Gap » As the fight to close the gender wealth gap continues, one Babson alumna uses entrepreneurship to take matters into her own hands.
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.
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.
Experts Gather at Babson to Disrupt Financing for Women Entrepreneurs
Experts Gather at Babson to Disrupt Financing for Women Entrepreneurs » Diana International Impact Day convened more than 250 investors, accelerators, policy-makers, researchers, founders, and other disrupters dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs.
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.
Looking for a Stock Tip? Invest in Entrepreneurs
Looking for a Stock Tip? Invest in Entrepreneurs » Entrepreneurs take the long view when leading companies, says Babson Professor Joel Shulman. That way of thinking produces results for their companies and the people who invest in them.
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.
Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money » Hot investment tip: I know a stock fund that has beaten the S&P 500 consistently for 20 years. It pursues a rigorous fundamental research process, and is advised by some of the best names in the business. Its managers, who turn over every year, work out of a state-of-the-art investment lab in a Boston suburb. Want in?
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.
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.
Research Recap: Women at Work
Research Recap: Women at Work » Expert insight on how to help level the playing field for women at work.
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part IV
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part IV » Self-efficacy develops over time and with repeated mastery experiences, much like flexing a muscle.
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part III
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part III » Self-efficacy is depleted by feelings of anxiety, stress, and impaired concentration. These physiological signals can all be signs of stereotype threat.
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.”
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part II
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part II » Finding mentors, coaches, experts, and other champions who build self-efficacy through verbal persuasion can be vital to entrepreneurial success.
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part I
Breaking Down the 4 Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part I » Role models provide a road map for potential future success, helping entrepreneurs develop self-efficacy.
Intrapreneurs as Corporate Angel Investors
Intrapreneurs as Corporate Angel Investors » Four ways to identify the corporate angel investors, intraprenuers who champion innovation.
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?
5 Ways To Tell Stories That Stick
5 Ways To Tell Stories That Stick » Whether pitching to the sharks on "Shark Tank," at a business competition, or to a venture fund, the real power in a successful venture pitch comes from telling a compelling narrative story.
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.
Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital
Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital » Only about 1% of all businesses in the United States ever receive venture financing, and for women, the slice of the VC pie is even smaller.
Investing in Women: A Conversation with Tory Burch
Investing in Women: A Conversation with Tory Burch » If net worth were measured in shoes, today Tory Burch is worth more than 4 million of her signature Reva ballet flats. Is there a secret to her success? In retrospect, she says it’s scary to think how little she knew at the outset, but her motivation to challenge herself and be open to new experiences has never wavered.
Slow Money Investing Takes Root
Slow Money Investing Takes Root » An emerging cadre of enterprising investors and entrepreneurs is committed to turning this situation around, and making money in the process. Food entrepreneurs are revitalizing dozens of old businesses, and starting hundreds of new ones, based on sustainable farming and food production methods.
Researching Crowdfunding? Start Here.
Researching Crowdfunding? Start Here. » 5 theories from economics and psychology that anyone researching crowdfunding should know.
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.
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.