Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Author: Alexandra Dunk

Alexandra Dunk

Pivots and Progress During a Pandemic

The pandemic has affected all our professional and personal lives, but Babson student and alumni entrepreneurs are undeterred. They have continued to build their businesses, take advantage of opportunities, and take their businesses in new directions when the times call for it. Read on for a few updates from our community: Fan Bi ’09 has…

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What Happens Next: Advice from SVP Alumni

For our last Lunch & Learn of Summer Catalyst, Richard O’Brien MBA’20 and Meagan Priest MSEL’19 joined us to share what they’ve been working on since participating in the 2019 Summer Venture Program and their tips for building upon the experience. Meagan has pivoted the technology she was working on to serve a new need that…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: BONAMI FOOD PRODUCTS

Four years ago, Felix Guelfucci MSEL ’20 volunteered with Gawad Kalinga, a NGO in the Philippines, and realized something about himself: He is passionate about using his skills to address social problems. Seeing firsthand the needs of local communities, he became interested in social entrepreneurship. Fast forward to BONAMI, gourmet seafood products with a social…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: CNF/Rhinno Industries

Climate change can seem like a daunting problem to solve. How can we begin to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Alex Wu ’21 believes that what we produce and how we produce it matter for climate change: “The solution to it lie lies in the materials we use.” Enter hemp. Yes, hemp! Hemp-based composite materials are…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Flow Taxes

Andi Deng ’20 is excited about the potential of artificial intelligence – and he’s bringing it to accounting with Flow Taxes. Andi first became interested in accounting when he volunteered with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). VITA is an IRS program providing free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Cabana Health

If your data is about you, then shouldn’t you have access to it and be able to use it? Cabana Health Co-founder MacBrennan Peet ‘22 started out with a broad interest in data democratization and quickly found his niche: health. He began to think about the power of health and wellness data and how it…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Mai Soli Foundation

Inspired by her mother’s own life and experience with arranged marriage, Mai Soli Foundation Founder Aria Mustary ’21 set out to find a solution to the cycle of gender inequality. She had the genesis of an idea, when two fellow Babson students and friends, Aaron Wendell ’20 and Glen Ged ’21, joined her team. Together,…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: Leue Home

When Juan Leon Ramirez MBA’20, founder of Leue Home, first showed up at a warehouse fair, he knew he had to get in. So he bluffed his way in, saying he was a buyer, and started to make connections with brands. Shortly after, he used his savings to make his first import of housewares into…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: LIT Learning

Everything changed for Mati Amin MSF’20 and the LIT Learning team on July 13 at 1 p.m. On that day at that time, they launched their beta test. To date, the team has welcomed 446 teachers onto the platform, which seeks to build language proficiency through digital stories and content. These teachers have created 91…

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2020 Summer Catalyst Startup Profile: MATR

MATR Co-founder Padraig Duna MBA’21 believes that the food industry can be better and do better: “We don’t have a good enough way to grow food and make food, without breaking the planet.” This perspective comes from his many years working in the industry and his growing realization that food production was flawed. Padraig was…