Living Entrepreneurship

What To Do With a Really Big Idea

Entrepreneurs have ideas, sometimes lots of ideas. But how do you get from idea, to an actual business opportunity? Oftentimes many entrepreneurs think they have a great idea, create the product/service, but don’t think about the other dimensions of the business. On October 2, the Butler Venture Accelerator had a lunch and learn session on…

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What To Do While Exploring

It’s been a couple weeks since we notified our first batch of Accelerator participants about what stage they’ll start out in the Butler Venture Accelerator. Many, like you, may be exploring various ideas and not sure what to do next. Cindy Klein Marmer, advisor to the Explore stage of the Accelerator, hosted a “Welcome to…

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Rachel Kim

How to Enter Markets

On September 30, Megan Driscoll, president of PharmaLogics Recruiting came to speak to Babson students and the Butler Venture Accelerator. PharmaLogics Recruiting is located in Boston, MA. Their mission is to be the number one bio-pharmaceutical recruiting company in the world, by placing top talent at companies devoted to the development of medicine that improves…

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Accelerating Your Venture at Babson

With the recent rankings that Babson is #1 for entrepreneurship (U.S. News, The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur Magazine), it is no surprise that many students that come to Babson want to start, have or be part of an entrepreneurial venture. The Blank Center’s Butler Venture Accelerator supports and advances student entrepreneurial businesses in each phase of…

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Yerim Kim

Generating New Business Ideas: Empathy and Customer Focused Design

The idea is crucial in starting a business. The first Butler Venture Accelerator activity this year was a lunch and learn session on how to identify, refine ideas, move forward, while keeping customer design in mind. Great ideas often solve problems that are not our own. Usually the group of people that we solve problems…

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Five Mistakes Startups Make

Never a dull moment in the Blank Center! We have been gearing up for new and returning students looking to advance their entrepreneurial ventures through the Butler Venture Accelerator. The sixth year of the Summer Venture Program finished August 1, where we had 16 Babson businesses participating in SVP, a 10-week intensive experience designed to…

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Yerim Kim

Takeaways from SVP alum Sara Gragnolati M’10

Summer Venture Program alum Sara Gragnolati M’10, founder and CEO of Cocomama Foods, spoke with the 2014 cohort and shared her takeaways from founding venture. Gragnolati has 10+ years of experience in the natural products industry. Cocomama Foods uses ancient grains to create gluten free, nutritious, delicious, on-the-go foods. Gragnolati won the 2010 Douglass Competition,…

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Yerim Kim

Takeaways from SVP alum Alex Debelov ’10 (Virool)

Summer Venture Program alum Alex Debelov’10, founder and CEO of Virool, spoke with the 2014 cohort and shared his takeaways from founding a venture. Debelov won the 2010 John H. Muler Business Plan Competition, the predecessor of the B.E.T.A. Challege, and was named a Top 5 College Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2010. Here are…

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Yerim Kim

Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur Ben Fischman

On July 15th, Summer Venture Program participants went on a field trip to MassChallenge. The 2014 SVP cohort had the pleasure of listening to Ben Fischman share his story. Fischman is a serial entrepreneur and business executive. Fischman was the founder and CEO of Lids Corporation, an exclusive sports retailer, and Rue La La, a…

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Yerim Kim

The First Steps to Entrepreneurial Sales – Takeaways from SVP Alum Matias Sevi’12

On July 10th, Summer Venture Program alum Matias Sevi’12 spoke with the 2014 cohort and shared his way of exploring entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition to participating in SVP in 2012, Sevi won the first alumni track of the B.E.T.A. Challenge in 2013 for his venture MandaSeguro.com. Sevi pointed out the importance of being attentive to the opportunities…