Living Entrepreneurship Blog

Alexandra Dunk

SVP Week 1: Startup Spots & the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

As soon as the summer starts, so does our Summer Venture Program. For ten weeks, the undergraduate and graduate student teams work, learn, create, collaborate, connect, and accelerate their businesses. Here’s what happened in Week 1: Monday: 12:30pm: SVP Director Bob Stringer and Antonette Ho kicked off our orientation. The teams toured our new WeWork…

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Babson Businesses Make the MassChallenge Cut

MassChallenge just announced the 100+ startups that will be a part of the 2019 Boston cohort, and we are thrilled to see five Babson businesses on the list. MassChallenge is a network of zero-equity startup accelerators, with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas. Babson student and alumni businesses have a great…

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Focus on Fit: SVP Advisor Clynton Caines

Tech doesn’t need to be pretty. To scale, tech needs to solve a problem. When we talk about how tech can and should be in tune with customer needs, Clynton Caines, the newest advisor to join the Blank Center’s Summer Venture Program team, readily points out Craigslist as an example. Clynton explains that Craigslist’s MVP…

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Millions, Moves, and Milestones: Updates from Babson Businesses

In the past few months, Babson student and alumni businesses have launched beta testing, landed funding, received accolades, won competitions, and explored new partnerships. Here are just a few of their updates: David Zamarin ’19 and his startup Detrapel, which uses nanotechology in its powerful, non-toxic sprays to protect your belongings, was awarded a bronze…

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Starting Out and Selling Online: How 2 Sell via Ecommerce

For entrepreneurs starting out in the e-commerce space, it can be hard to know what resources to integrate and leverage. In How 2 Sell via Ecommerce, Ross Beyeler ’09, Founder of Growth Spark and COO of Trellis, shared some incredibly valuable resources with us. As Ross explained, “I find early on as an entrepreneur, it’s…

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Decoding Deals: How 2 Come to Terms with Angel and Venture Term Sheets

Term sheets: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them, definitely can’t make sense of them. Mike Conza, Partner at Morgan Lewis, walked us through some of the complexities in How 2 Come to Terms with Angel and Venture Term Sheets. He opened the session by explaining the difference between angel and venture capital. Angel…

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Entrepreneur Summer Resources 2019

The following post is from Cindy Klein Marmer, Associate Director of the Butler Launch Pad program. Are you a Babson student or alum looking for resources to help you get your business off the ground this summer? Start engaging with entrepreneurial resources to help you move your business forward by registering with the Butler Launch…

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Funding Fit: How 2 Be Bankable

When entrepreneurs are looking to fund their startup, generally they first think of raising money from investors. But, according to the Kauffman Foundation, “about 40% of initial startup capital in a newly founded business is debt that originates from banks.” Lindsay Blakey, Vice President, Business Development Sales Manager, and Michael DiCiaccio, Vice President, Business Banking…

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Goal Getters: The 2018-2019 Fast Track Cohort

Building a business while juggling academics and life is no easy task – but there are Babson entrepreneurs who are doing it. And, for them, there is the Butler Launch Pad‘s Fast Track Cohort. The 2018-2019 cohort, a group of undergraduate and graduate student and alumni entrepreneurs, met weekly through the academic year to get…

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Ups, Downs, and Lessons: How 2 Survive from Failure

Is failure a f-word? We say no – As tough as it can be, there are opportunities that come along with failure. Moderated by Mary Gale, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, a panel of Babson alumni and professors – Emily Lagasse MBA’15, Fedwell Pet Foods and Petwell Supply; Kenneth (K.J.) Neilson MBA’11, entrepreneur; Ian So ’08,…