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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Independent Retailers Week: Four Ways to Get Your Product Into Retailers

Independent Retailers Week: Four Ways to Get Your Product Into Retailers

Finding the right retailer(s) can sometimes feel like dating: exciting, exhausting, misleading but every now and then totally worth the wait. And frankly, your retailers become some of the most critical partners - don’t rush the process, be strategic, and never settle. Katherine ReQua, co-founder of Boston retail space For Now, shares four tips on how to convince retailers to carry your products.

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Donut Forget Your Delicious Fix from this Female Founder

Donut Forget Your Delicious Fix from this Female Founder

Donut worry, be happy; it’s National Donut Day! While you think about how to celebrate this important occasion, why not consider indulging your sweet tooth and supporting a female entrepreneur at the same time? Owner and founder of Blackbird Doughnuts, Rebecca Roth Gullo, has made doughnuts a staple in the diets of many Bostonians and, like most entrepreneurs, the road to success wasn’t planned or free from a few road bumps.

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5 Q's With Maxeme Tuchman, Co-Founder of Caribu

5 Q's With Maxeme Tuchman, Co-Founder of Caribu

We sat down with Maxeme Tuchman, Co-Founder of Caribu, to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey and what advice she would give other women founders.

Q. Tell us what prompted you to start your venture, Caribu?

I’ve worked at almost every level of education from being a public school teacher, Gates Foundation consultant, Executive Director of Teach For America, and as a city, state, and district level education staffer. As a first-generation American and college student and especially during my time teaching at a Title I high school, I came to the sobering reality that when it comes to building a strong foundation for literacy, the focus must be on 0-7 year olds. Caribu is an education platform that helps parents, extended family, and mentors read and draw with children when they’re not together, therefore increasing the amount of reading time for kids 0-7.  We’re like FaceTime meets Kindle, for kids. The result is an engaging livestream shared-screen experience with a bookstore containing hundreds of books, in six languages, from leading children’s publishers, and many educational workbooks with an interactive drawing overlay. 

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Mother’s Day Series: Where Tradition and Animation Assemble.

Mother’s Day Series: Where Tradition and Animation Assemble.

Mundo Lanugo™ was born in Miami in the year 2011, while co-founder Carla Curiel was pregnant with twin girls. As the date of delivery began to inch closer, Curiel became concerned about how to pass on her Latino values and traditions while being so far from ‘home’. How would she enable her children to develop an honest and positive emotional connection to their Hispanic Heritage?

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Mother’s Day Series: Battling the Boredom of Toys

Mother’s Day Series: Battling the Boredom of Toys

Shiva Kashalkar, Founder and CEO of Green Piñata Toys, was a mom on a mission. Her young daughter Aanika was a child who, like most others, loved playing with new toys. But once the wrapping was torn open and the toy inside delightfully enjoyed for a handful of days, Aanika would grow tired of it and look for something new to revel in. After this cycle of abandonment continued time and time again, Shiva realized she had a big problem on her hands.

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Mother’s Day Series: Bernette Dawson, Founder and CEO of Made Organics

Mother’s Day Series: Bernette Dawson, Founder and CEO of Made Organics

Bernette Dawson, Founder and CEO of Made Organics, was a mom determined to make life less irritating. After a particularly harsh winter in Boston, Dawson tried using traditional body lotions to help alleviate her son’s dry skin. When those attempts to use over-the-counter treatments led to strong allergic reactions, this entrepreneur took matters, and a collection of all natural ingredients, into her own hands. Dawson began developing a greater understanding of the harsh ingredients that go into some of our everyday products and spent her evenings whipping together all natural ingredients inside of her home.

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WIN Miami Finale Shines at the New World Symphony

WIN Miami Finale Shines at the New World Symphony

Situated inside of the New World Center amidst projected images of up and coming entrepreneurial leaders on the walls, twenty entrepreneurs gathered to celebrate eight months of a roller coaster ride that one may lovingly refer to as the entrepreneurial journey. Joined by over 200 members of the Miami startup ecosystem community, the Miami WIN Lab finale marked the completion of the second cohort's 8-month accelerator journey.

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5 Q's With Nicole Tirado, Founder of TeaRado Tech

5 Q's With Nicole Tirado, Founder of TeaRado Tech

We sat down with WIN Lab entrepreneur Nicole Tirado to learn more about her innovative tea brewing product and company, TeaRado Tech.

Q. Tell us what prompted you to start your venture, TeaRado Tech?

I was giving myself my regular, you got this, speak slowly and limit the number of times you say awesome right before going on stage pep talk before going on stage to talk Cloud Best Practices, when I removed my tea infuser from the cup and tea spilled on my pants. It was hot, so it obviously burned and left a huge awkward looking wet mark. I went on stage with my hand over the mark and the presentation clicker in the other hand. It was super frustrating because I normally speak with my hands but I had to keep one hand over the wet spot on my pants. Needless to say I was embarrassed, frustrated, and annoyed because I didn't even get to drink my tea which normally energized me before a big talk. From that day forward, I started searching for a tea cup that would allow me to infuse and drink without removing the infuser or tea bag. I came up short after traveling to 46 international cities, and that's when I decided to come back home and start building the Infused. The tea brewing cup that allows you to infuse and then drink loose leaf tea on the go. It's the only cup that heats the water to the right temperature that won't burn the tea leaves, causing a bitter astringent taste and depleting the intended health benefits. It also provides all of the conveniences of a tea bag without any potential toxins. The infused is the ultimate tea brewing device for healthier and more productive living.

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5 Q's With Ashley Sebok, Founder of Sayblee

5 Q's With Ashley Sebok, Founder of Sayblee

We sat down with Ashley Sebok, Founder of Sayblee a haircare company to learn more about her inspiration and story. 

Q. Tell us what prompted you to start your venture, Sayblee?

Sayblee was originally created by my mom, Sayblee Darsale. As a hair stylist, she met client after client seeking refuge from damaged hair and hair loss. Frustrated with the products on the market filled with harmful chemicals and false promises, she decided to formulate her own solution. So, she created a completely natural and organic hair care system and sold the products to her clients at her hair salon at the time. In 2016, my mom had an injury and we had to close the shop we had for 17 years. This is when I came onboard full time with Sayblee. Seeing the potential and results of the products, I wanted to help take these products to the next level and make it a fully sustainable business.

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