Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Tag: Workbar

Hailey Serna

Customer Discovery

“Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it.” Eric Braun, an advisor of the Summer Venture Program, spoke with our entrepreneurs all about the importance of customer discovery and understanding your assumptions. The only way you can trust your judgments about your customers is by testing them. Take all your hypotheses about your business model and…

Hailey Serna

Week 3: Summer Venture Program 2018

Despite the rainy and gloomy weather, our entrepreneurs were enthusiastic and excited to get to work during our third week of the Summer Venture Program. As usual, we kicked off the week with some team updates and a delicious meal from a local restaurant. Something that always seems to amaze me about this cohort is…

Hailey Serna

Communicating with Impact

How do you most effectively package your pitch? Andy Tollison, a Babson Speech Center consultant, taught the Summer Venture Program participants just how important it is to consider not only the content of a pitch, but also the way it is presented. Did you know that about a quarter of what people recall from a…

Hailey Serna

The Boston Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

David Chang, the Director of the Babson College Summer Venture Program, recently lead a talk about his experience navigating the Boston Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. So who exactly is David? He’s an “accidental entrepreneur.” Originally attending Cornell’s School of Engineering, David never imagined that he would step foot into the business realm. However, after a few classes…

Hailey Serna

Week 2: Summer Venture Program 2018

After a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, it was time to get back into the swing of things with the second week of the Summer Venture Program. The week begun with team updates. This was a chance for our fifteen teams to reflect on and share their successes of the previous week, ask each other for…

Hailey Serna

Week 1: Summer Venture Program 2018

With the sun shining bright on this lovely Boston morning, fifteen teams entered Workbar ready and eager to begin Babson’s 2018 Summer Venture Program. The day started with a brief welcome from David Chang, the program’s director, and a quick orientation lead by Julianne, our Workbar host for the summer. After touring the space and…

Antonette Ho

2018 Summer Venture Program

In 10 days, we will be kicking off the 10th year of the Babson Summer Venture Program! We are excited about the 15 teams this year and are looking forward to hosting the program at Workbar South Station for the second year in a row! The Summer Venture Program (SVP) is a 10-week intensive experience…

Antonette Ho

Customer Learning

Learning about your customers may seem obvious to first-time entrepreneurs. However, for many founders, the moving pieces of a business sometimes gets in the way. We lose sight about what is important to the customer and, as a startup, we forget that we are providing value to the customer. During the Summer Venture Program (SVP),…

Antonette Ho

What Are Investors Looking For?

As fundraising is an area that entrepreneurs often have questions about, the Summer Venture Program invited three investors to share their side of the story. We were privileged to have Natalie Bartlett of General Catalyst/Rough Draft Ventures; Ziad Moukheiber, CEO of Boston Harbor Angels; and Jason Frishman, Founder of NetCapital provide their insights. The three…

Antonette Ho

How to Raise a Seed Round

Being an entrepreneur and angel investor himself, Summer Venture Program director David Chang has seen both sides of the fundraising process. As part of “fundraising week” at SVP, David hosted a session for participants covering the basics of fundraising and tactics. David started the session by sharing the different sources of capital. The ones we…