ENTREPRENEURS — April is Here . . . The Time is Now!
Interested in launching your own business or working for a start-up?
APRIL APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING!
TONIGHT @ MIDNIGHT, March 28
Junior and Senior Trek to Cambridge Innovation Center — On April 11, CCD will take a small group of juniors and seniors to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) – one of the most heralded entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. You will have the chance to meet some Babson startups residing in the CIC, as well as tour their award winning facilities. We are looking for juniors and seniors who are interested in entrepreneurship. A description of this opportunity as well as application instructions can be found in Babson Career Connections, which can be accessed through the Babson Hub. To apply, search “Trek” on Career Connections Home Page and apply for “Cambridge Innovation Center Trek – Spring 2014.”
MassChallenge 2014 Venture Accelerator connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed. This renowned four month accelerator program provides access to world-class mentors, free office space, access to funding and in kind services, media, education and training. I had the opportunity to learn all about the program from Joanna Meiseles (Senior Director of Operations at masschallenge, Founder of Snip-its, and Babson MBA Alum), during her visit to Babson back in February. With a mission to catalyze a startup renaissance, masschallenge selects 128 early-stage startups (looking for high impact startups – you define your impact – any industry, any location) and provides them with:
- Access to dedicated experts: entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, marketers, finance professionals, to name a few.
- Unparalleled opportunities for networking and education through curriculum based presentations, panel sessions, interactive workshops and 1:1 sessions covering various aspects and stages of building a business.
- State of the art, collaborative workspaces complemented by social spaces enabling a free-flowing atmosphere, with support for just about every aspect of your start-up
- $1million in cash grants to 10-20 startups in amounts of either $50 or $100K.
2014 Babson Venture Expo — Semifinalists of the B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge will present their progress to date. Join us for one of Babson’s most action-packed events! The Blank Center’s B.E.T.A. Challenge recognizes major milestones Babson businesses have achieved by taking action. Winners of the graduate, undergraduate and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge will each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash and “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors respectively. In addition, $2,500 will be awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions. The 2014 B.E.T.A. Challenge finals will be on Thursday, April 10, 2014. To register to attend the final presentations, please visit http://2014babsonbeta.eventbrite.com.
The Butler Summer Venture Program supports the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson, Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College. Up to 15 teams are chosen to participate in the program each summer. Teams receive housing, work space, advisors, a speaker series, and other resources to help them and their businesses develop throughout the 10 weeks.
Just-in-Time Career Fair for Seniors — Are you a Senior and looking for a job, preferably with a start-up, after graduation? If so, please join CCD for a Just-in-Time Fair on Friday, April 4, 10a.m. – 12p.m. in Reynolds 241. Meet employers who are hiring for full-time positions, and you could even land an interview for later that afternoon (so keep you schedule open!). Start-up companies include Catchpoint Systems, CFO Solutions, Clari, IdeaPaint, PureB2B, and SnapApp. Register at: http://bit.ly/1aPhVfV