Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the #1 school for entrepreneurship in the world, the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab provides women entrepreneurs with an inspiring community and a rigorous, experiential process that catalyzes innovative thinking and enables them to successfully scale and transform businesses.

WIN Lab is a different kind of venture accelerator, one that broadens the possibilities for women entrepreneurs capable of making a dynamic economic impact. Throughout the five month experience, “WINners”—iterate their businesses, test concepts, and scale their ventures. You also get:

  • 5 months of business curriculum, including Babson faculty and world-renowned pedagogy

  • One-on-one coaching for at least 1.5 hours each month

  • Strategic help from Mastermind Experts who have decades of experience in the C-Suite and on boards of global companies

  • Access to experts in a variety of industries and subject matter though office hours and workshop sessions

  • Milestones to hold you accountable to the goals you establish on day one

  • A cohort of women entrepreneurs who are experiencing the entrepreneurial journey with you

To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
Scroll down to learn about what we look for in our applicants.


Please note that you do not have to be a Babson student or alumnae to apply to the WIN Lab. If you are able to commit to attending each weekly session, and meet the criteria listed below, you are welcome to apply!

Application Window:
April 8 to May 17 (11:59pm EST)

April 8: Applications Open
Head here to apply. Have more questions about the process? Check out our FAQs page.

May 17: Applications Close at 11:59pm EST
All materials must be submitted by the deadline. Don’t forget your executive summary! 

Finalist Interviews: Mid-to-late June
Semi-finalist applicants selected to move to the last round of admissions will be invited to pitch in-person to a panel of esteemed experts. The top applicants will be selected for the 2019 - 2020 cohort. 

WINners Notified: Mid-July  
Notifications will be sent to the 2019 - 2020 WIN Lab cohorts.



Power as SheO
The WIN Lab is dedicated to catalyzing women founders who are passionate, committed, and want to build scalable ventures! These women will form part of a diverse cohort that will build their business as they accelerate their entrepreneurial journey as peers. Their potential and drive may speak louder than their business concept. We look at the entrepreneur and their potential, not only their traction to date.

Think Big Ventures
WIN is industry agnostic and curates cohorts that include products and services from all sectors. The accelerator is looking for well-vetted, scalable ideas, with a clear secret sauce and strong positioning in the market.

Timing is Everything
WIN seeks businesses that are in at least beta stage with a functioning prototype, a strong go-to-market strategy, and are positioned to scale. This will enable them to best leverage Lab resources. We are open to candidates that are later stage if they have a clear idea on how they will leverage the WIN experience.

Community Fit
Applicants should be ready to join and contribute to an entrepreneurial community. We are looking for founders that are willing to fully engage by committing time and energy to the program and their peers. WIN Lab provides its entrepreneurs with an immense amount of expertise, coaching, and resources, and we ask for commitment and contribution in return. Participants (WINners) are required to show up to weekly sessions, meet monthly milestones, provide feedback to their fellow founders, and operate with openness and transparency during the program. 

Research shows that start-ups with co-founders are more likely to achieve early success and scalability. We seek founders that are part of strong, women-led, teams with co-founders and/or employees that are committed to venture growth (founder agreements must be submitted before entering the Lab). Solo founders that are actively seeking team members or have a strong organizational plan in place are encouraged to apply.