Babson Entrepreneurs

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…

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2019 SVP Startup Profile: Porté Bags

To kick off our series of Summer Venture Program startup profiles, I recently sat down with Elia Innamorati ‘20, founder and head designer of Porté Bags. Porté’s makeup bags are made for neatly storing and transporting cosmetics and jewelry. With customizable compartments and dividers created especially for storing makeup products, as well as two removable…

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Alexandra Dunk

Strategic Selling for Startups

Pitching and selling: what’s the difference? While they are both important in the life of a startup, they are actually very different and require distinct skill sets. On June 12 and 13, Kate Merritt, owner of KMP Consulting, took some of the Summer Venture Program teams through an intensive B2B Sales Training workshop to help…

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Babson Hatchery

Moving to Social Media: 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…

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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…

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Ashley Lucas

Diana Impact Day Changemaker Awardees

In 2019, The Diana International Research Institute established the Diana Changemaker Awards to recognize individuals of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world. There are six award categories: Investor, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Educator, Policymaker and Ally. Recipients are selected annually…

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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…

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Ashley Lucas

Happy 99th birthday to the Women’s Bureau!

Answer: the U.S. Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor Question: What connects: 2,000 tradeswomen marching the streets of Seattle during the Women Build Nations annual conference,   An Early Futures brainstorming session hosted by the Omidyar Network (eBay), Sesame (Street) Workshop, and Promise Ventures grant funding research exploring paid leave programs, spouses of military…

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SVP Week 2: From Relaxation to Iteration

After the relaxing holiday weekend, SVP teams returned to Boston last Tuesday for a busy week of growth and ideation which allowed them to refine their customer-product fits. Tuesday, May 28th SVP teams informed each other of their accomplishments since last week and their goals for the week ahead during our Team Updates at Babson…

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