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Babson Community Members Nominated For 50 on Fire Awards

Several members of the Babson community have been nominated as finalists in the BostInno 50 on Fire awards competition, “highlighting the most impactful group of individuals and companies in Boston tech and innovation”.

Education Finalists

David Chang, Babson College Summer Venture Program

Influential Bostonian, entrepreneur, and angel investor David Chang is Director of the Summer Venture Program (SVP)—Babson’s world-renowned 10-week startup accelerator.

“You told us who made their mark on the university and edtech scene this year and we did our best to listen. Nominations included professors, university accelerators and education technologies.”

Civic/Social Impact Finalists

Adam Martel MBA’17 and Rich Palmer MBA’16, founders, Gravyty

Gravyty is the first cloud-based, predictive analytics platform that combines private data with big public data and behavioral insights to help nonprofits raise more money.

“We looked for the game changers in our community who are making a lasting local and global impact with their work. These are the catalysts for change, socially, economically and environmentally, that are on fire this year.”

Retail/ecommerce Finalists

Mark Bollman’10, founder and CEO, Ball and Buck

Ball and Buck is a lifestyle brand and retailer built for the sporting gentlemen.

Tara Foley MBA’13, founder, Follain

Follain is the home of healthy, non-toxic & organic beauty products.

Romney Evans M’06 and Jessica Murphy M’06, founders, True Fit

True Fit is a data-driven personalization platform for footwear and apparel retailers that uses rich connected data and machine learning to enable personal experiences for fashion retailers.

“Boston is home to some of the most innovative brands in the industry. They are shaping the way we buy and sell goods within our community through new consumer concepts.”

About 50 on Fire

“Once a year, we task ourselves with the job of highlighting the most impactful group of individuals and companies in Boston tech and innovation. Not an easy task, given the fact that Boston is stacked with talent. We have an abundance of thinkers, drinkers, dreamers, students, entrepreneurs, yo-pros, doctors, engineers and more. Thankfully, our editorial team, a committee of judges and your nominations makes it much easier to determine who has been on “fire” in 2017. For our sixth year of 50 on Fire, we have received, far and beyond the most nominations ever.

Take note: This isn’t your typical rankings list where companies and individuals have to be under a certain age, in a very specific role or even a well-defined box. We’re purely going off of impact in 2017 for each company and individual’s given industry. We carefully considered every nomination, from two-person design shops to behemoths that just moved to Boston (hi, Reebok). 50 on Fire is a reflection of Boston’s innovation community, a collection of people and organizations in different roles, stages and categories who are making an impact on this city. Setting it on fire, if you will.

…your city’s 150 finalists for this year’s event, broken up into 11 categories: civic/social impact, design, food and drink, education, retail/ecommerce, health and medicine, marketing and advertising, professional services, sports and fitness, investment, and technology.

Our judges have until the end of October to pick the winners, which we’ll reveal via a video announcement (not via self-indulgent speeches). We’ll also be honoring one company or individual each category of winners with the new Inno Blazer award. See you all at 50 on Fire at the Revere Hotel, Liberty Hall, on November 9th.”