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Rocket Pitch Crash Course in a Youtube Video

As a first year in the two-year MBA program, I’ve become a little more than familiar with the all-too famous Babson catchphrase: Rocket Pitch. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it is the phrase that describes a 3-minute pitch to sell your business idea. The Rocket Pitch Challenge is one of the most-widely attended…

Rachel Kim

Entrepreneurs Are Visionary

Lauren de los Santos M’15 and Seth Fabricant M’15 hosted a peer to peer session on idea generation and prototyping on Thursday, October 30 for the Butler Venture Accelerator. The session was based on how they developed their venture, Cloudanan. Cloudanan is a customer experience and marketing research company that uses technology to collect and…

Yerim Kim

Past Rocket Pitch Participants: Where Are They Now? (Series: Part III)

David Eddy M’85, founder of Legacy Software, Ltd., recently shared his experience in participating at Rocket Pitch with me. Legacy Software, Ltd. produces a built, working, battle-tested software product that helps to transfer the knowledge about Fortune 350 software portfolios to younger generation. Eddy participated in Rocket Pitch four times, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013. Among…

Rachel Kim

Accelerator Adviser Profile Part II: Richard Mandel

We are featuring profiles of our Butler Venture Accelerator advisers. Check back for updates! Do you guys often see a man with a white beard holding a rose in a vase? Well, that’s Professor Richard Mandel. Professor Mandel was a mailman. He played three different instruments. He studied law. He was the Professor for Professor…

Idea Generation and Innovation

What do you think of when someone says “innovation”? Many people think of product innovation, such as Apple, or process innovation, such as Dell. On October 15, the Butler Venture Accelerator held a lunch and learn session on idea generation and innovation. Innovation is not the same as idea generation, it is a much longer…

Yerim Kim

Past Rocket Pitch Participants: Where Are They Now? (Series: Part II)

Andres Valencia M’15, a founder of GoBag, shared his experience in participating at Rocket Pitch. GoBag is a producer of flexible water bottle that can be folded. GoBag provides you a cool way to wear your water. Valencia participated in 2013 Summer Venture Program and 2013 Rocket Pitch. Valencia came up with this idea around…

Yerim Kim

Past Rocket Pitch Participants: Where Are They Now? (Series: Part I)

Octavia Costea M’15, founder of Spreads and Beyond, recently shared with me her experience with Rocket Pitch. Spreads and Beyond is a producer of delicious, 100% pure fruit spreads without any artificial pectin or added sugar. Octavia uses a unique old Romanian family recipe to make this possible. Costea  is currently part of the WIN Lab, participated…

Rachel Kim

Accelerator Adviser Profile Part I: Andrew Corbett

We are featuring profiles of our Butler Venture Accelerator advisers. Check back for updates! Professor Andrew Corbett is all about cognitive aspect in business. His research is based on how people think and learn and how they find new opportunities based on their skills. He is currently a professor in the Entrepreneurship Division and faculty…

Yerim Kim

Identifying Customer Needs and Prototyping

On October 6th, the Butler Venture Accelerator had a workshop on identifying customer needs and prototyping. This workshop aimed to help entrepreneurs to learn how to generate new business ideas based on customer needs. Participants created a simple prototype of a wallet. In the process, participants interviewed their “customer,” created a simple prototype and pitched…

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…