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Women Entrepreneurs in Action – WIN Lab 2015

The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is a yearlong residency program for women entrepreneurs. The WIN Lab invests in women, empowering them to disrupt, experiment, and build successful businesses on their terms. The WIN Lab recognizes that women build businesses differently from men. Once WINners are ready to ignite their ideas, the WIN Lab provides the road map, expertise, inspiration, and community needed to successfully launch ventures.

After months of rigorous hard work, multiple prototypes, numerous rocket pitches, marketing and financial planning, ‘is–this-ever-going–to-work’ moments to finally crossing the finish line, the Winlab finale was hosted at the Sorenson Arts Centre on 20th April, 2015 where the empowered women entrepreneurs showcased their products and services.

Meet the WINNERS who made it to the finale of 2014-2015!


  1.  Abby Speicher | Dart Drones


DARTdrones provides the highest quality training, certification, and continued support for the drone pilots of fire and police stations. Their training model includes risk mitigation, support, repair, and maintenance of drones to ensure the Federal Aviation Association’s (FAA) requirements are being met while supporting a safe and responsible airspace.


  1. Allison Smith | Allison Linley

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A boutique, high-end, women’s golf apparel company. Allison Linley offers fashionable, functional, and flattering attire that performs well and looks good on and off the course.


  1. Brianna Sticklickas | Meet Eugene, INC.

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Meet Eugene is a hedgehog food company that focuses in providing hedgehogs with top quality nutrients at an affordable price to help hedgehogs live a fuller and healthier life. Our main goal is to provide hedgehogs with tasty food unique to it’s needs that will help in minimising the chances of obesity, digestive issues, and Fatty Liver Disease.


  1. Caroline + Juliana Fonnegra | MiaLista

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MiaLista is an online gift registry website in Colombia focused on making the gift registry process for brides practical, easy and flexible. It gives brides the option to create one centralized registry, giving them the ability to chose items from several stores, and to actively manage their list online. It also offers brides the possibility of converting a portion of their wedding gifts into cash.


  1. Elizabeth Maduko


Elizabeth is working on developing a small kitchen appliance that transforms flour to dough. This is intended to bridge the gap between the demand for small, affordable kitchen appliance(s) for staple foods and manufacturers/ investors in search of a safe, high yield investment product in the developing world.


  1. Erin Janklow | Entrada


Entrada enables hotels to provide English lessons to back-of-house staff with the help of audio language tutorials, allowing employees to multi-task and learn English while at work. Entrada increases both retention and employee satisfaction by internally developing staff while providing a practice that will measurably improve the lives of employees.


  1. Eve Li | Guardian Security

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Guardian Security provides managed security services to businesses and municipal governments. It provides honey pots to invite hackers to attack and leverages the latest cloud technology and open source platform to provide open configurations for cyber security deployment.


  1. Gisela Santos De Macedo | Brigadear

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Brigadear is a Brazilian-inspired soft candy that will melt your heart. It is a healthy, natural-based organic candy with minimal calories and lots of flavor. Tried, tested and liked by Andrew Zimmern & Gail Simmons!


  1. Jennifer Odera | Shanti Tearooms

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RIFT Tea is a tea sanctuary that transports you away from your busy, overwhelming life and offers a convenient escape from the mundaneness of everyday life. It is a modern take on the traditional high tea experience, served in a hole in the wall location that combines natural light, plants and water features to create a relaxing oasis where you can enjoy high tea and cuisine from around the world.


  1. Danielle Babineau | Redemption Rock Brewery + Restaurant


Danielle is in the midst of opening a brewpub that serves local food and local craft brewed beer. It is dedicated to both serving quality products as well as contributing to the growth of craft beer in the local and national economies.


  1. Lulwa Alsoudairy | Artistia


Artistia is a global online marketplace to buy and sell handmade goods, fine art, vintage, designed items, supplies, media and craft supply items. Artistia is derived from the word “Artist” and the suffix “ian” which means belonging and is sometimes used in nationalities. The objective of the name is to give artist a sense of citizenship and belonging to a global community where they can introduce and sell their goods on a smarter ecommerce platform.


  1. Meirav Zaks – Zilberman | My Beautiful Body & Mind


A personalized and holistic yoga, fitness, and nutrition mobile program that empowers women. It envisions an integration of technology and a supportive blended community with movement disciplines that develop the body, mind, and spirit.


  1. Melissa Spinks | Pretium Health


Pretium is a web-based solution that integrates publicly available data, pricing, and patient reviews and outcomes in an easy-to-use platform. As employers cope with rising healthcare costs and look to shift more costs to employees, Pretium provides employees with tools to help make value-driven healthcare decisions.


  1. Asha Martin – Jeffers | Earthseed Energetics


Earthseed Energetics is a naturopathic consulting business that assists clients in total nutritional & physical wellness. It aims to educate the consumer by developing a personalized nutritional & physical lifestyle.


  1. Laurel Valchuis | Al FreshCo

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Al FreshCo is a meal kit delivery service. The offerings consist of vegetable-centric meal kits made with locally sourced food grown by farmers who pay careful attention to the ecology of the land. Meal kits include everything one needs to make a meal; just take it home and cook it!


  1. Marlena Carter – Diaz | CMTS


Care Management Temporary Staffing Agency (CMTS) works with companies that cater to underserved consumer population for HealthCare quality services. The meeting of these needs stabilizes communities, and this, along with good schools, attracts more residents.


  1. Pamela Bardhi | Ria Cafe


Ria Cafe is an upcoming European Cafe and Gelateria that specializes in imported European cafe beverages as well as serves handcrafted gelato and European pastries.


  1. Yooree Losordo | On the Dot Books

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A bookstore café in Dorchester that serves coffee and gelato along with the wonderful book of the reader’s choice to enhance the reading experience. On the Dot books offers a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, used books, foreign language books, toys, gifts, and stationery.