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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK7: Showcase Pitches-Practice Makes Perfect!

All the Summer Catalyst teams are building momentum and perfecting their pitches just in time for the Summer Catalyst Venture Showcase on August 2nd! Until then, everyone is working hard to achieve their goals: building out their prototype, completing focus groups, outreaching to potential clients, and refining their pitch-deck. Every week, the teams check in about their…

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San Francisco Summer Catalyst Showcase (August 2, 2018)

Join the Babson Bay Area community to network and hear pitches from the Summer Catalyst entrepreneurs. Summer Catalyst is a 10 week pre-accelerator experience in San Francisco designed to help early stage/seed-level entrepreneurs through co-working and access to the SF/Silicon Valley ecosystem. Let’s celebrate their business ventures and accomplishments together! Date: Thursday August 2nd Time:…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK6: Jed Christiansen, TechStars + Showcase Prep

With only a handful of weeks left in the program, participants have been perfecting their pitches in preparation for the Summer Catalyst Showcase. Although every participant has been working hard to make progress in their own respective venture, it’s refreshing to see everyone in the program actively sharing resources and supporting each other. This week’s…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK5: Showcase Preparation + OKRs

We are halfway into the Summer Catalyst Program and our teams are becoming more confident about the progress they’ve made so far! As everyone continues to refine their pitches, participants have expressed their excitement be regards to the insights they’ve gained while becoming more familiar with the entrepreneurial ecosystem of San Francisco. In preparation for showcase, each…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK4: Ian Thiel M’12, Alto Pharmacy + Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt

Another productive week @Babson San Francisco! We had 2 amazing guest speakers who shared wisdom about the value of customers and retaining them. Our first speaker was Ian Thiel M‘12, the current Head of Growth for Alto Pharmacy and the former Head of New Products at Optimizely. Ian explained the importance of understanding your customer segment, recommended several books,…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK3: Aldo Carrascoso M’08 + Elvis Lieban M’14 + Uber VP Product Design

It was another eventful week @Babson San Francisco where our Summer Catalyst teams participated in a hands-on workshop, met with industry experts and incredible Babson alumni!   Our first speaker was Aldo Carrascoso M’08, serial entrepreneur and founder of several successful ventures across many industries including media, fin-tech, and health. He launched Jukin Media, a company…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK2: ThousandEyes-Paid Acquisition + Weekly Luncheons

BabsonSF’s Summer Catalyst program is in full swing and our entrepreneurs are progressing on their startups! Every week, everyone updates the community on their achievements, key learnings, and goals that they hope to accomplish.  After, we had the opportunity to hear from Yosef Javed, Acquisition Marketing Manager from ThousandEyes, a network intelligence software company that troubleshoots application delivery…

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Summer Catalyst Program WEEK1: Andreessen Horowitz, Hustle Fund, +Blank Center

In the first week of Babson’s Summer Catalyst Program, participants worked on perfecting their pitches, met with their mentors for the first time, and had the opportunity to hear from some amazing guest speakers. Debi Kleiman, the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, visited the Babson San Francisco campus to give a…

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Meet the Summer Catalyst Mentors in San Francisco!

Each team in Babson’s Summer Catalyst program is paired with an amazing mentor who offers a wealth of startup knowledge, experience, and connections. Every week, the mentor meets with the team and provides industry guidance and input regarding the direction of the venture. Being a startup founder in it’s early stages is exhilarating but can also be extremely difficult so having mentors…

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Summer Catalyst Kickoff in San Francisco

This week, we are excited to kick off Babson’s Summer Catalyst Program in San Francisco with 6 teams of entrepreneurs. The Summer Catalyst Program is a 10 week pre-accelerator experience that offers co-working space, mentors, and guidance to help early-stage/seed-level entrepreneurs develop their startups. Throughout the summer, they will be working among like-minded entrepreneurs in the most…