Tag: Investors

The 4H’s of Pitching: How 2 Pitch to Investors

Across all sectors and stages of entrepreneurship, founders will all inevitably have to pitch their ventures. But not all pitches will come in the traditional form of a rehearsed presentation for investors or competition judges. Whether it’s on the biggest of stages or an in an impromptu encounter with their dream investor, how can founders…

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The Art of Investor Empathy: How 2 Raise Money

Across all industries and sectors, funding is the lifeblood of growing ventures. But for most first-time founders, raising money beyond the initial friends and family round is an intimidating process. How do founders know they’re taking the “right money” at the right time?  Members of the Babson community found answers to their questions about funding…

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Hailey Serna

Inside Scoop from Investors

Students from the Singapore Management University (SMU) Masters of Science in Innovation program joined our Summer Venture Program entrepreneurs for an investor panel held at Babson Boston. Five investors, Natalie Bartlett of Rough Draft Ventures, Parul Singh of Founder Collective, Sanjay Manandhar of Boston Harbor Angels, Shereen Shermak, Superangel, and TJ Mahony of Accomplice, gave…

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Hailey Serna

Weeks 7-8: Summer Venture Program 2018

With the July 4 holiday, the Summer Venture Program (SVP) took a break from programming so that the teams could dig deep into their business, and recharge for the rest of the program. We are officially in the home stretch! Per usual, we began week 8 with some lunch and team updates. During this time,…

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Antonette Ho

Announcing the Blank Center’s First Global Startup Competition! Powered by Indian Angel Network

The Blank Center is pleased to announce that this fall we will be launching our first global startup competition powered by the Indian Angel Network (IAN)! The winner of the competition will receive a minimum $250,000 equity investment from IAN. All finalists will receive coaching from angel investors in IAN. The startup competition will be…

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Hailey Serna

How Do You Create Authenticity?

David Oksman ’03, an advisor of the Summer Venture Program, spoke all about the importance of building a true brand that fosters a deep sense of connection and love within its consumers at a recent lunch and learn around marketing and branding. “I love to love,” said David. By building communities based on shared values…

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Hailey Serna

Week 4: Summer Venture Program 2018

Week 4 of the Summer Venture Program focused on marketing, branding, and positioning. Our entrepreneurs participated in workshops, met with various industry experts, and delved into perfecting their brand. We began the week with our usual team updates. While our teams shared the progress they’ve made the past week, our entrepreneurs munched on some delicious…

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Hailey Serna

Week 3: Summer Venture Program 2018

Despite the rainy and gloomy weather, our entrepreneurs were enthusiastic and excited to get to work during our third week of the Summer Venture Program. As usual, we kicked off the week with some team updates and a delicious meal from a local restaurant. Something that always seems to amaze me about this cohort is…

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Jake Maude

Ralph Wagner | Walnut Ventures

The Walnut Ventures meeting provides a relaxed, casual setting for angel investors from diverse backgrounds. The format was similar to other investor meetings I’d attended. There was is an introduction and the pitch itself, which was followed by a round of questions. After a company presents, the entrepreneurs are asked to leave the room and…

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