Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Tag: Blank Center

Keeping the Funnel Full: How 2 Build a Sales Pipeline

The generation of early sales is critical for startups. Securing initial customers validates the need for your idea and provides the necessary funding to keep the business moving. But for entrepreneurs who don’t have a finished product yet, or solopreneurs who will be juggling the role of salesman with other key responsibilities, the sales process…

The 4H’s of Pitching: How 2 Pitch to Investors

Across all sectors and stages of entrepreneurship, founders will all inevitably have to pitch their ventures. But not all pitches will come in the traditional form of a rehearsed presentation for investors or competition judges. Whether it’s on the biggest of stages or an in an impromptu encounter with their dream investor, how can founders…

The Art of Investor Empathy: How 2 Raise Money

Across all industries and sectors, funding is the lifeblood of growing ventures. But for most first-time founders, raising money beyond the initial friends and family round is an intimidating process. How do founders know they’re taking the “right money” at the right time?  Members of the Babson community found answers to their questions about funding…

SVP Week 10: Showcase Week!

After ten weeks of entrepreneurial growth, the Summer Venture Program came to an exciting finish this week with Thursday’s Summer Venture Showcase. Here’s the recap of SVP’s final week! Monday, July 22nd and Tuesday, July 23rd SVP teams practiced their Showcase presentations in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Morris Auditorium. Building off of the…

Alexandra Dunk

“Never Quit”: Diane Hessan on Entrepreneurial Resilience

Diane Hessan’s journey building Communispace, the first company to leverage online communities in order to generate market research, is a remarkable one, full of ups, downs, and plot twists. She took it from a startup all the way to the highly successful company she sold to Omnicom in 2011. Diane shared some of her stories…

SVP Weeks 6+7: The Crossroads Between Customers and Culture

As startup companies prepare to launch, they are presented with an opportunity to make a great first impression which defines their brand for years to come. A startup’s culture is important because it lays the groundwork for future organizational success. The businesses in our Summer Venture Program are learning how to navigate this crossroads of…

SVP Week 5: Gearing Up for Future Growth

During the early stages of their ventures, founders are faced with many choices that could have implications down the road. It can be easy to make decisions that benefit business growth in the short term, but seriously stifle the long-term success and flexibility of the venture, especially in regards to pursuing funding and initially structuring…

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…

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…