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

Entrepreneurship Pictionary at Kids College, Babson Reunion & Homecoming

On September 20, the Blank Center participated in Kids College at the Babson Reunion and Homecoming. Butler Venture Accelerator prepared Pictionary game for Kids College and had a lot of fun with the kids. The Entrepreneurship Pictionary contained words related to Babson alumni’s startups. Here are the list of the words and facts in the…

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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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Linda Woods Curtin

CWEL’s Fall Event Lineup: Bridging the Gender Gap

There’s been a lot of discussion and debate lately about the lack of women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Boston and beyond. At Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, we’re addressing the gender imbalance by creating innovative education programs and events to empower women to reach their full potential. We’re pleased to announce a robust…

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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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Emily Besen

Entrepreneur-Friendly Immigration Reform

Post by Doug Hardy, from http://entrepreneurshipofallkinds.org Steve Case must be an optimist. The co-founder of America Online and current CEO of blue-chip venture firm Revolution LLC thinks a bipartisan majority in Congress will pass immigration reform this year … or at least the targeted reform of Startup Act 3.0 (pdf), a bill designed to keep the best…

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Abby Speicher

The Power of Experimentation for DARTdrones

Babson professors tell their students that we need to learn by trial and error, by asking for feedback, and by conducting small experiments. Learning this in class is one thing, but actually building a business model based on small experiments is another. Working in the Hatchery this summer showed me first hand that experimenting and…

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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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