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Four Entrepreneurs Among Finalists In BostInno Alumni Impact Awards Competition

Four Babson community members – Jeff Avallon ’06, Jon Feinman M’10, Kyle Judah, and Sarah Hodges M’10 – were named BostInno Alumni Impact Awards finalists. The competition sourced nominations from across the Boston area and announced its list of 25 finalists in April. Jon Feinman and Sarah Hodges were honored as Alumni Impact Award winners at BostInno’s Boston UpFront event on April 30.

The awards honor “the young alumni who have not only graduated from Boston-area schools, but have stayed in Massachusetts and are making an impact, and shaping what’s to come.”

Jeff Avallon, cofounder, IdeaPaint

“Avallon is currently on the Senior Leadership Team and VP of Corporate Development & Customer Experience at IdeaPaint, a dry-erase paint product that can transform any “paintable” surface into a high performance dry-erase canvas.

He currently focuses on managing IdeaPaint’s new business development, corporate strategy and drives its overall entrepreneurial spirit, while also focusing on establishing large strategic partnerships to take IdeaPaint to the mass market.

Avallon helps foster Boston’s next batch of young talent through his membership in both The Young Entrepreneur Council as well as Gen Y Capital Partners.”

Jon Feinman, founder, InnerCity Weightlifting

“In 2009, Feinman founded InnerCity Weightlifting, a Boston nonprofit that is reducing youth violence by giving Boston’s youth an alternative to gangs.

The program, located in Dorchester, offers participants job opportunities and will pay for them to get certified as personal trainers.  Once certified, these participants are connected with paying clients — and empowered with the confidence and support needed to say no to violence and yes to opportunity.”

Kyle Judah, former CEO and founder, RecoVend and BetaMatch

“Judah helps prepare student entrepreneurs to change the world. He currently runs the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator at MIT, the premier university accelerator in the world and capstone experiential learning opportunity for students.

In the past he was co-founder and CEO at RecoVend that helped get schools more bang for their budget through streamline, collaborative purchasing. At BetaMatch he helped get cutting edge EdTech into the hands of tech savvy and early adopting educators.”

Sarah Hodges, cofounder,

“In addition to advising for Flybridge Capital, Sarah Hodges co-founded, a continuing education organization that connects experts in Boston with entrepreneurs and professionals who want to hone their skills.

Hodges is also VP of marketing and strategy at Smarterer, a Boston startup revolutionizing skill assessment to inform professional opportunities.

Hodges’ involvement in these two organizations is fostering the innovation economy here in Boston.”