Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Tag: Blank Center

Emily Denoble

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…

Babson San Francisco

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…

Emily Denoble

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…

Emily Denoble

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…

Babson San Francisco

Week 6: SF Summer Venture Program

This week, we had several special guests @ Babson San Francisco including: Debi Kleiman, Executive Director of the Blank Center, Kathleen Utecht, Babson alum and managing partner @ Core Innovation Capital, and Stuart Goldstein, Babson alum and managing partner of Samuel Goldstein and Co (Certified Public Accountants).  Debi moderated a fireside chat with Kathleen, a VC who…

Emily Denoble

A Journalist’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

The Summer Venture Program hosted New York Times reporter Glenn Rifkin for a Lunch and Learn session a few weeks ago. Rifkin has been a columnist at the Times for over 20 years and publishes articles ranging from obituaries (his exclusive Marvin Minsky obituary trended worldwide on Twitter), to detailing exciting new businesses. Companies featured…

Emily Denoble

Acquiring Customers

Unsure how to grow your business to 10, 100, or 1,000 customers? Dan Marques, marketing guru and Babson alum, hosted a Summer Venture Program lunch and learn session to provide strategies and resources for teams in this precise situation. If your goal is to reach ten people, Dan’s advice is not to worry about whether…

Babson San Francisco

San Francisco Summer Venture Program Showcase (Aug. 4)

  Join us as we celebrate the inaugural San Francisco Summer Venture Program at their Showcase. In this culminating event, 11 startups will present their business ventures and accomplishments. We hope to see you there! Date: Thursday August 4th Time: 5:30-9 PM Location: Mozilla (2 Harrison St. San Francisco) >> REGISTER HERE  **The Summer Venture Program…

Emily Denoble

SVP Alumni Tips

The Wellesley Summer Venture Program recently welcomed back two of its recent alumni to speak to the current cohort. Dylan Husted (CEO of SaveOhno, SVP’15), and Emily Lagasse (Founder of Fedwell Pet Foods, SVP’13), participated in an informal panel and shared advice that we believe entrepreneurs at all stages can benefit from. When did you…