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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…

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…

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Babson Businesses Make the MassChallenge Cut

MassChallenge just announced the 100+ startups that will be a part of the 2019 Boston cohort, and we are thrilled to see five Babson businesses on the list. MassChallenge is a network of zero-equity startup accelerators, with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas. Babson student and alumni businesses have a great…

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Focus on Fit: SVP Advisor Clynton Caines

Tech doesn’t need to be pretty. To scale, tech needs to solve a problem. When we talk about how tech can and should be in tune with customer needs, Clynton Caines, the newest advisor to join the Blank Center’s Summer Venture Program team, readily points out Craigslist as an example. Clynton explains that Craigslist’s MVP…

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Millions, Moves, and Milestones: Updates from Babson Businesses

In the past few months, Babson student and alumni businesses have launched beta testing, landed funding, received accolades, won competitions, and explored new partnerships. Here are just a few of their updates: David Zamarin ’19 and his startup Detrapel, which uses nanotechology in its powerful, non-toxic sprays to protect your belongings, was awarded a bronze…

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Starting Out and Selling Online: How 2 Sell via Ecommerce

For entrepreneurs starting out in the e-commerce space, it can be hard to know what resources to integrate and leverage. In How 2 Sell via Ecommerce, Ross Beyeler ’09, Founder of Growth Spark and COO of Trellis, shared some incredibly valuable resources with us. As Ross explained, “I find early on as an entrepreneur, it’s…

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Decoding Deals: How 2 Come to Terms with Angel and Venture Term Sheets

Term sheets: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them, definitely can’t make sense of them. Mike Conza, Partner at Morgan Lewis, walked us through some of the complexities in How 2 Come to Terms with Angel and Venture Term Sheets. He opened the session by explaining the difference between angel and venture capital. Angel…