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Introduction to the HELIO Program

This blog post was written by Lee Smith-Feinberg ’19 on being accepted into the HELIO Program this summer…  Why am I sitting on a wooden boat, rowing to the sound of a taiko, and shouting “Yoisa!” in tune with twenty others? It’s because I was invited by the HELIO program, a collaboration between DSIL, Ashoka…

Emily Denoble

SVP Alumni Panel 2.0

Everyone could use a little advice from someone who was once in their shoes. Chris Jacobs and Jeff D’Agostino, two Summer Venture Program (SVP) alumni, spent time with the teams a few weeks ago and shared what they learned while in and since completing the Program. Chris participated in SVP in 2010 with his business…

Meet the 2016 SVP Cohort at Venture Showcase!

Join us today in Olin Auditorium for this year’s Summer Venture Showcase! 15 startups from the Summer Venture Program Wellesley cohort will share their stories and present their business ventures. Can’t come to campus? We’ll be streaming live >> Registration opens at 1pm, opening remarks/presentations begin at 2pm. Walk-ins welcome! The Summer Venture Program is…

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SF SVP Silicon Valley Trip!

This week our SVP teams ventured to Silicon Valley and toured 500 Startups, Facebook, and Google! The treks introduced everyone to the entrepreneurial ecosystem outside of San Francisco. It was an immersive experience and each location had their own unique personality. In fact, many compared Facebook to Disneyland and immediately noticed Google’s convenience in making mundane tasks…

Emily Denoble

Digital Marketing for Startups

Many of the teams in the Summer Venture Program are now ready to work towards gaining traction in the market. Members of the Babson College Marketing team, Vanessa Theoharis and Garrett, visited us in the Blank Center to explain how to do so by increasing customer recognition and trust in the brand online. A large…

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Finance Tips for Startups

Summer Venture Program advisor Michelle Hipwood recently hosted a lunch and learn, explaining some basic financial information that every startup should be familiar with. First is the standard statement of cash flows, which is prepared by accountants under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This statement explains changes in the cash balance and is complementary to…

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Week 7: SF Summer Venture Program

All 11 teams at Babson San Francisco are building momentum and preparing for the August 4th Venture Showcase! This week, we had two *Hot Seats* and speakers Brad Kondracki and Mike Pestana from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) and CiCi MacDonald from Chew on this Storytelling. We also had special guest Will Lamb, Dean of Babson’s…

Emily Denoble

Building a Board

Professor Les Charm joined the Summer Venture Program’s for a Lunch and Learn to discuss building an advisory board: How to manage expectations, find members, and run meetings. He dispelled some misconceptions that our entrepreneurs held about the purpose of board members, saying that “the role of the board is to help you solve the…

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Summer Venture Program Improv!

Larry Coen, an instructor at Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts, conducted an interactive workshop  to teach the Summer Venture Program cohort how to apply improvisational techniques to their professional development. Improvisation (or “improv”) is the art of saying yes. That’s the rule. This rule contrasts many real-life situations in which we deflate interactions by…

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Crowdfunding 101

Thinking about launching a crowdfunding campaign? Professor Erik Noyes hosted a “Crowdfuding 101” session for the Butler Venture Accelerator to explain the basics of this fundraising strategy. While there are four types of crowdfunding (rewards, donations, equity, and lending), this discussion was focused on rewards-based crowdfunding, in which backers receive a “gift” depending on the…