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Week 3: SF Summer Venture Program

Another productive and fun-filled week @ Babson San Francisco! This week featured Babson @ the Ballpark, two *Hot Seats*, guest speakers, and an SVP alumni panel! For Wisdom Wednesday, digital marketing expert Adam Helweh helped our entrepreneurs with their landing pages and offered office hours to discuss UI and UX.  We then listened to a presentation about target markets from Sara Swenson, a startup consultant. Sara provided the teams with the tools necessary to complete market sizing and analysis.

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We also had the opportunity to hear from 4 SVP alumni including:

Nik Beisert (Ugrad ’11, SVP ’11) Program Manager @ Google; SVP project was Down to Earth Waste Solutions (offering low cost, sustainable waste management services to small food businesses)

Shyam Devnani (M’15, SVP ’15) CEO of India in a Box, an online service that delivers authentic Indian meals that are both healthy and easy to prepare

Christa Ferguson (M’15, SVP ’14) Senior Project Manager @ Salesforce; SVP project was Parrot Foods LLC (creating sweet snacks for clean eaters and deliver them right to your door!) Parrot Foods’ first line is called Paleo Parrot.

Bryanne Leeming (M’16, SVP ’15) CEO of JumpSmart, combining learning engineering concepts and coding with physical activity for kids 8-12

IMG_1214For our third *Hot Seat*, Gustavo Diaz (Let’sGoHustle.com) pitched his business, a website that provides weekly webinars with the world’s best entrepreneurs. During the rebuild, we did planks until Gustavo could clearly articulate his value proposition. It was a heartfelt and emotional rebuild, and we are proud of Gustavo for his constant #hustle.

img_3g311Later that week, we had our next *Hot Seat* with Mike C. of Kiwi International, a U.S and West African based food manufacturer delivering nutrient rich products in the West African market. Mike was very receptive to everyone’s feedback and improved his re-pitch with more focus: Making Gari Great Again!

slack_for_ios_upload_720After, we attended an SF Giants vs. Boston Red Sox game- of course, it must be noted that Giants won 2-1! 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Save-the-date: Summer Venture Showcase: August 4th