Innovation in retail returns. One founder uses technology to fight fraud.

Innovation in retail returns. One founder uses technology to fight fraud.

E-commerce has successfully made shopping from the couch a reality, but what it hasn’t done is bring the ease of the entire experience full circle. Have you ever lost countless dollars opting out of returns simply so you could ‘save’ time not having to repackage, label, and wait in line to ship the product back? Freeing Returns co-founder, Barbara Jones, is determined to ease the burden of returns for consumers, while mitigating fraud for retailers.

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WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Shay Jaffar

WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Shay Jaffar

One of the most important weeks in U.S. fashion happens in February at NY Fashion Week. Wrapping up #NYFW, we talk to Shaymaa Gaafar, founder of Shay Jaffar, who is a true believer that coverage is sublime, modesty is a choice, and glamour is self-expression. Read below to see how she got started, what inspires her, and how she continues to move the company forward.

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WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Kreyol

WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Kreyol

“Just start. In the beginning, it is more important that you build momentum and an entrepreneurial mindset. Move on your ideas, try them out, fail, learn and try again. Don't over think it. So many people believe that we need to be "ready" to start. What's being ready anyways? I believe that we all have the gifts and talents to help us move toward our purpose and our journey.” - Joelle Fontaine, Founder of Kreyol

One of the most important weeks in U.S. fashion happens in February at NY Fashion Week. To celebrate, the WIN Lab is highlighting fashion entrepreneurs who are adding their own unique flavor to the industry. Here, we talked to Joelle Fontaine, founder of Kreyol, who creates high fashion, quality garments, with the hope that they will make women feel powerful. Read on to learn more about her ever-growing business.

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WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: 3-2-1 Framboise

WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: 3-2-1 Framboise

“I don't like using the word “journey” when it comes to entrepreneurship because that indicates you have a beginning, a middle and an end. But when you start a business, you’re never really sure where you’re going and whether or not there will be an end.” - Celine Hakoun, Founder of 3-2-1 Framboise

One of the most important weeks in U.S. fashion happens in February at NY Fashion Week. To celebrate, the WIN Lab is highlighting fashion entrepreneurs who are adding their own unique flavor to the industry. Here, we talked to Celine Hakoun, the founder of 3-2-1 Framboise, a fashion startup that sells high quality baby clothing. Determined to change the very fabric of the baby clothing industry in the U.S., Hakoun provides a mutually beneficial platform for both foreign brands and domestic consumers. Read on to learn more about her ever-growing business, 3-2-1 Framboise.

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WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Artemis Design Co.

WIN Lab Fashion Week Series: Artemis Design Co.

One of the most important weeks in U.S. fashion happens in February at NY Fashion Week. To celebrate, the WIN Lab is highlighting fashion entrepreneurs who are adding their own unique flavor to the industry. Here, we sit down with Milicent Armstrong, founder of Artemis Design Co., where beautiful, flat-woven textiles from Istanbul are brought to life through their famous Kilim shoes.

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#NationalPieDay: The Story of Scaling Mini Pies

#NationalPieDay: The Story of Scaling Mini Pies

Like many entrepreneurs, Sweet Teez Bakery was an idea that blossomed from a problem seen in the market. Fed up with baked goods that ignored her kid’s nut allergies, Teresa Maynard left her position at Harvard University to pursue her passion for baking and decorating in a nut-free environment. Two years later, Maynard’s popularity had grown enough to capture the attention of the Whole Foods bakery division and when she walked in to pitch them on a 2,000 pie purchase, she walked out with a purchase order for 48,000 mini pies.

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TeaRado Tech Debuts First Self-Heating Smart Tea Tumbler at CES 2019

TeaRado Tech Debuts First Self-Heating Smart Tea Tumbler at CES 2019

While the US tea industry is only $25 billion away from being on par with coffee, there are still far less products for the tea enthusiast on the market than there are for java fans. TeaRado Tech is debuting the only self-heating smart tea tumbler that executes the heating of water, steeping of tea leaves and removal of the leaves with no power source required, at CES 2019

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Koki: Building a Business with In-home Chefs

Koki: Building a Business with In-home Chefs

Do you ever feel like you’re too busy with everything you have going on that you sacrifice the one thing that actually fuels you to keep going? Whether you have a full time job, have your hands full with a newborn, or simply lack the ability to cook, your diet does not need to suffer. We sat down with Tiara Miles, the founder of Koki, who is giving you gourmet food in the comfort of your own home, without having to step foot in the kitchen.

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Third Miami WIN Lab Cohort Announced!

Third Miami WIN Lab Cohort Announced!

Babson College’s WIN Lab® Miami introduced the startups joining its third ever cohort this fall during ceremonies on September 12, 2018, at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Miami.

Eighteen founders - representing a diverse set of industries from FinTech to food and beverage - have been chosen to participate in the five month long accelerator, supported by Babson College, the #1 ranked college for the study of entrepreneurship. The WIN Lab has two current programs, one in Miami and one in Boston, and is excited to welcome both cohorts to this year’s program.

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Sixth Boston WIN Lab Cohort Announced!

Sixth Boston WIN Lab Cohort Announced!

The five month long accelerator was built by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, the #1 ranked college for the study of entrepreneurship, and was developed six years ago to offer an accelerator specifically for female founders building startups at both Babson College and in the City of Boston. The WIN Lab has two current programs, one in Miami and one in Boston, and is excited to welcome both cohorts to this year’s program.

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5 Tips to Get Camera-Ready from this Food-Tour Entrepreneur

5 Tips to Get Camera-Ready from this Food-Tour Entrepreneur

Lizzie Bell, a Babson MBA alumna from the Class of 2011, launched  Off The Beaten Path Food Tours in 2017, running food tours, chocolate tours, and trivia nights in foodie-fueled neighborhoods like Somerville, Cambridge, and Jamaica Plain. Each guided tour features a healthy dose of local history and the chance to try delectable cuisine from up to 7 local businesses, often meeting the owner themselves.

Recently, Lizzie met one of her entrepreneurial goals when WCVB TV5’s Chronicle news program gave her a call with an invitation to be featured on the show. After filming wrapped up, we sat down and asked Lizzie to share her top 5 tips on getting ready for the camera.

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How She Built This: Four Pieces of Advice from Female Founders

How She Built This: Four Pieces of Advice from Female Founders

Across the globe, events are being created for women entrepreneurs to tell their stories and share advice with individuals who are building companies or dreaming of ones to create. In partnership with General Assembly and TiE Boston, the WIN Lab invited four female founders to engage in a conversation about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.

Joined Green Pinata ToysPlacePassXOI Beverage, and Savory Living, here are four pieces of advice for early stage entrepreneurs…

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Independent Retailers Week: 5 Ways to Get Your Product Ready for Retail

Independent Retailers Week: 5 Ways to Get Your Product Ready for Retail

Angie Sanchez is the CEO of Artyfactos, a socially responsible jewelry line that employs artisans in Latin America. They use safe, natural and recycled materials including orange peel, coffee beans, melon seeds, and acai seeds to create unique pieces of jewelry. Now in over 50 retailers nationwide, here is Angie's advice on how to get your product ready for retail.

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Independent Retailers Week: 5 Ways to Help Retailers Sell Your Product

Independent Retailers Week: 5 Ways to Help Retailers Sell Your Product

You’re now on the shelves of the new retail partner you brought on board but now what? As a part of Independent Retailers Week, we’ve teamed up with four savvy entrepreneurs to help you understand the retail landscape. Here Krysta Lewis, CEO of Aisling Organic Cosmetics, shares her five tips on how to make sure your products sell after you’ve gotten into retail.

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