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Alexandra Dunk

Strategic Selling for Startups

Pitching and selling: what’s the difference? While they are both important in the life of a startup, they are actually very different and require distinct skill sets. On June 12 and 13, Kate Merritt, owner of KMP Consulting, took some of the Summer Venture Program teams through an intensive B2B Sales Training workshop to help…

Babson Hatchery

Moving to Social Media: Updates from the Hatcheries

Through the Butler Launch Pad, the Blank Center awards graduate and undergraduate student entrepreneurs access to professional and semiprivate workspace to grow their businesses. Known as the hatcheries, these spaces encourage ideation and collaboration. In a series of blog posts, this semester’s hatchery teams will go beyond the four walls of their offices and share their…

SVP Week 4: Perfecting their Pitches

Imagine: you have developed a groundbreaking new product or service, but you only have one minute in line at Starbucks or in a crowded elevator to explain it to your dream client. Would you be able to make a great first impression for your venture? This scenario is far more common than you’d imagine, so…

Ashley Lucas

Diana Impact Day Changemaker Awardees

In 2019, The Diana International Research Institute established the Diana Changemaker Awards to recognize individuals of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world. There are six award categories: Investor, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Educator, Policymaker and Ally. Recipients are selected annually…

Babson Hatchery

Get off the Ground: Updates from the Hatcheries

Through the Butler Launch Pad, the Blank Center awards graduate and undergraduate student entrepreneurs access to professional and semiprivate workspace to grow their businesses. Known as the hatcheries, these spaces encourage ideation and collaboration. In a series of blog posts, this semester’s hatchery teams will go beyond the four walls of their offices and share their…

SVP Week 3: Preparing to Present Innovative Businesses

Week 3 of Summer Venture Program focused on presentation skills, which are essential to the success of any startup as they communicate their value propositions and seek funding. Each week two SVP teams make Hot Seat pitch presentations to the rest of the cohort, and all of the ventures are preparing to present at July…

Ashley Lucas

Happy 99th birthday to the Women’s Bureau!

Answer: the U.S. Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor Question: What connects: 2,000 tradeswomen marching the streets of Seattle during the Women Build Nations annual conference,   An Early Futures brainstorming session hosted by the Omidyar Network (eBay), Sesame (Street) Workshop, and Promise Ventures grant funding research exploring paid leave programs, spouses of military…

SVP Week 2: From Relaxation to Iteration

After the relaxing holiday weekend, SVP teams returned to Boston last Tuesday for a busy week of growth and ideation which allowed them to refine their customer-product fits. Tuesday, May 28th SVP teams informed each other of their accomplishments since last week and their goals for the week ahead during our Team Updates at Babson…

Alexandra Dunk

Your Guide to the Boston Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

A key component of the Summer Venture Program is its location in downtown Boston, giving the student entrepreneurs a chance to immerse themselves in the Boston startup ecosystem. To help orient us in our first week of SVP, Blank Center Executive Director Debi Kleiman gave us an introduction to the ecosystem. The Boston entrepreneur is…

Alexandra Dunk

SVP Week 1: Startup Spots & the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

As soon as the summer starts, so does our Summer Venture Program. For ten weeks, the undergraduate and graduate student teams work, learn, create, collaborate, connect, and accelerate their businesses. Here’s what happened in Week 1: Monday: 12:30pm: SVP Director Bob Stringer and Antonette Ho kicked off our orientation. The teams toured our new WeWork…