Excelling in Education and Training, Meet These Three Startups

Whether they’re encouraging workplace diversity or helping you find a career path that suits you, this year’s three Education/Training WINners are dedicated to promoting learning in Boston and beyond. These entrepreneurs recognize that the only way to change society is to educate people and help them think differently about what’s possible. They believe in the power of learning, both by developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and by bettering our workplaces with happier employees. Education is often said to be the key to a brighter future, and these entrepreneurs are certainly looking to ensure that future is blazing. Our Education/Training WINners for 2017 are:

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Blake Sims of Epiic Solutions LLC
Epiic Solutions creates unique learning experiences for students, educators and schools to help them explore entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking.

Yulkendy Valdez of Project 99
Project 99 enables diverse millennial talent to be at the forefront of cultural change within leading organizations. We help companies run internal, cohort-based leadership programs that equip their high-potential millennials to harness their collective energy and talent to tackle racial equity in the workplace. Through this work, we will achieve our vision of 30% racial and ethnic diverse leadership across the corporate sector by 2030.

Shannon O’Brien of Whole U.
Whole U. is a career & life coaching platform that supports job seekers to pursue their life's work. Ranked #1 Career Coach in Boston on Yelp, Whole U.™ advising programs and educational media have helped clients from over 22 countries, to find the clarity, confidence & connections to live a balanced, purposeful life.

 

A Healthy Dose of Health and Wellness Startups Join WIN

This year, Health and Wellness is well represented in Boston’s WIN Lab as four of the twenty three incoming WINners are concentrated in this category. Of the Health and Wellness WINners, there are several entrepreneurs developing online networks to connect you with a team who wants to help you get, and stay, healthy, while other WINners are looking to improve the quality of elders’ independence. Either way, these WINners are striving toward a better, healthier, future for you and your loved ones. Boston’s 2017 Health and Wellness WINners are:

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Scarlet Batchelor of COEO Fitness
COEO is an app networking together the triad of boutique fitness studios, instructors, and clients with a focus on instructors as the powerful backbone to the ecosystem.

Joia Spinelli of Global Joy
"Create your own health team". Get the support you deserve to stay and be healthy. A platform that matches and allocates practitioners, coaches, and specialists to your health needs and supports you on your health journey. Monthly membership.

Liz O’Donnell of Rent-A-Sister
Rent A Sister provides support services for family caregivers. Via a team of experienced, compassionate family ambassadors Rent A Sister offers the strategic, tactical and emotional support families need to manage eldercare.

Jayanthi Narasimhan of Watch Rx
WatchRx offers a smartwatch with phone & GPS to help seniors take their meds on time, live independent with dignity, reminders showing the name, dosage and image, emergency calls & live GPS tracking and alerts caregivers for missed medication, GPS, emergency via caregiver app.

 

Home and Beauty Entrepreneurs Join WIN 2017!

The Boston WIN Lab has four Beauty and Home entrepreneurs entering the program in 2017, all with the goal of incorporating organic and all-natural ingredients into our makeup, fashion, and cleaning products. This should come as no surprise, as the all-natural and billion dollar beauty market is still on the rise. People have been buying organic foods for long enough, concerned about what goes into their bodies, it seems only natural to start worrying about what goes on our bodies and is used in our homes as well. One WINner founded her company after discovering for herself how chemicals in beauty products can have serious physical impact, while other WINners are looking at natural solutions ranging from cinnamon-inspired footwear fashion to fresh-smelling laundry and home cleaning. This year’s Beauty and Home WINners are:

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Krysta Lewis of Aisling Organic Cosmetics
Aisling Organic Cosmetics is a revolutionary line of high-performance and all natural/organic makeup. The line was established after the founder had been sick for years and discovered one of the culprits was her makeup. Finding no options that were all natural and high performance led her to create Aisling Organic Cosmetics.

Van Adraneda of Junipo LLC
At Junipo, we make and sell casual shoes with cinnamon insoles. Our shoes are very comfy and keep the feet smelling great.

Ivy Camelia Lawson of Logwood Company, LLC
Specialty raw honey and honey derived natural set products.

Devin Donaldson of The Optimist, Co.
A line of truly natural cleaning and laundry products with ingredients our customers can easily read and recognize as safe

 

Welcome WIN's Five New Food & Beverage Startups

Food and Beverage companies have come out strong in the Boston WIN Lab this year, making up five of the overall twenty three companies joining from all over New England. With products ranging from simple sauces to healthy pizza crusts, these entrepreneurs will be sure to leave your stomach satisfied. It may come as no surprise that foodie entrepreneurs are making up almost a fourth of the WIN Lab cohort this year with food innovation spaces continuing to pop up all over the city. In fact, four of those five WINners will be coming straight from Commonwealth Kitchen in Dorchester. Our food and beverage entrepreneurs are:

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Ruby Chan of Fresh Zen
FreshZen is artisan sauce company that makes handcrafted, all-natural sauces from old Chinese farmhouse recipes. The name melds Fresh ingredients togeth-er with a Zen state of mind. FreshZen began production of its initial product, a ginger & scallion sauce, in Nov 2016 and customers include retail grocery stores, schools, and pop-up stores. FreshZen also runs cooking classes at the Boston Public Market.

Teresa Thompson Maynard of  Sweet Teez Bakery
Sweet Teez Bakery specializes in custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, brownies and pastries with unique flavors and creative designs. Our products are made from scratch using high quality nut free ingredients. Sweet Teez worth every bite...

Blonde Beauchamp of thisHaiti
Specialty food manufacturer focused on marketing the Haitian cuisine through authentic condiments, snacks, spices, and other specialty food products made with only natural and organic ingredients.

Dale Roseman of Veggie Table Foods
Providing healthy twists on your favorite foods, Veggie Table Foods provides plant based Cauliflower pizza crusts, bagels and snacks for the busy, health conscious and gluten intolerant consumer.

Linh Tran of X.O.I. Beverage
X.O.I is a healthy hydration for both the skin and the body, powered by a Vietnamese traditional skin healing herb called Gac fruit. Through our sustainable and ethical supply chain, we are able to support and empower marginalized Vietnamese farmers who grow and harvest Gac fruit with us.

 

Meet WIN's Eight Technology Founders

As the largest category of WINners this year, eight out of twenty three entrepreneurs are utilizing technology to bring their vision of the future to consumers and businesses alike. This year’s Technology WINners have a variety of focuses, from fitness networking to girlhood STEM engagement. Tech is a fast-growing industry; it’s already quickly advanced and improved many areas of daily life, but these entrepreneurs saw openings in their respective markets for their passions to benefit from tech. One incoming Tech WINner, Joulez, is a recent alumna of MassChallenge that brought home $50,000 as one of eleven Gold Winners in the accelerator’s overall competition. The Technology WINners for 2017 are:

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Veselina Stanislavova Arangelova of Ataxa Tech Solutions
ATAXA is a case management software. Our goal is to provide a tool that will help practitioners handle case related documents in a shared database, organize and make them easily accessible from anywhere to authorized users. The implementation of this case management system will eliminate the need of carrying of hardcopy files and deal with the physical reality of possession.

Scarlet Batchelor of COEO Fitness
COEO is an app networking together the triad of boutique fitness studios, instructors, and clients with a focus on instructors as the powerful backbone to the ecosystem.

Kari Heistad of Diversity Dashboard
The Diversity Dashboard is an online project management software for corporate diversity professionals to help them track their activity, measure their results, and analyze their ROI.

Holly Fox of EDU-CRED
EDU-CRED is an ED Tech company supporting licensed professionals with the ability to effortlessly track, retain and deliver to the licensing body requisite documentation to meet Continuing Education obligations and maintain professional certification. The platform supports compliance with multiple professional licensing requirements and offers customized audit support for timely license renewal.

Cathy Copeland Titus & Lynda Russo of Friendly U
FriendlyU is an online network for college admissions, student ambassadors, and on-campus clubs to connect with interested high school students during their college search. We have a rate, rank and compare feature in the app that gives high schoolers a way to keep their search organized. Our data helps colleges meet enrollment goals and improve retention rates while helping students find the right fit and transition successfully.

Stephanie Rowe of Joulez
Joulez is a for-profit consumer product startup focused on empowering girls aged 8-12 with the skills, vocabulary and courage needed to create the technical innovations of tomorrow. Joulez fuses arts and crafts with electronics to create fun and educational room décor building kits that inspire girls to get excited about STEM.

Carolyn Langer of Valiance Health and Disability
Valiance Health and Disability assists parents/guardians of children with special needs in navigating the maze of highly complex and fragmented services supporting individuals with disabilities. Offered as an employee benefit, Valiance is valued by employers as a means to recruit and retain top talent, improve worker productivity through reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, differentiate businesses in the marketplace, and promote a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Jayanthi Narasimhan of Watch Rx
WatchRx offers a smartwatch with phone & GPS to help seniors take their medications on time, live independent with dignity, reminders showing the name, dosage and image, emergency calls & live GPS tracking and alerts caregivers for missed medication, GPS, emergency via caregiver app.

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Wanderful & Womentum Join Forces for International Women's Day

Wanderful & Womentum Join Forces for International Women's Day

Wanderful, part of the WIN Lab Boston cohort, is an organization that connects women all over the globe. With a global membership base, their online community allows you to build relationships no matter if you’re in a hammock in Nicaragua or an ashram in India. In addition, membership at Wanderful involves creating real, face-to-face connections with other women through international local chapters and events.

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Apollonix Wins at SUP-X, Takes Home $15k

Apollonix Wins at SUP-X, Takes Home $15k

SUP-X, a two day international conference and expo in Fort Lauderdale, which attracts a large number of investors from all over the country, finished their series of panels and workshops with a pitch competition. Giving away fifty thousand dollars in cash, SUP-X judges choose five startups showcasing during the exhibition to compete for the crown (and a really large check).

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Zulubots and AlphaTechBlocks compete for $50k

Zulubots and AlphaTechBlocks compete for $50k

Two WIN Lab Miami startups, AlphaTechBlocks and Zulubots, have been selected as semi-finalists for the national alphatech gear Hardware Cup! Competing for a shot at $50,000, these two startups will take the stage at the Fort Lauderdale SUP-X startup expo on March 7, alongside four other companies selected in the southeast regional semi-finals.

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DartDrones heads to ABC's Shark Tank

DartDrones heads to ABC's Shark Tank

WIN Lab alumna Abby Speicher heads to Shark Tank on February 24 to pitch DartDrones, a company that teaches soon-to-be drone pilots how to fly with online and in-person classes nationwide. Certainly no easy task, DartDrones makes sure it keeps up with FAA regulations in order for their clients to pass an intensive, 60 question test - a requirement for those who want to become a certified commercial drone pilot.

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Fashion-focused. This is one industry, combined.

Fashion-focused. This is one industry, combined.

As an industry-agnostic accelerator program, the Lab brings in a diverse set of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial endeavors. Blasting through the Zuckerberg-esque image of the startup CEO, we're putting the camera back into real-world-focus by highlighting some up-and-coming women-led startups.

Today, we dive into fashion.

Whether bold stripes are your camouflage of choice or you prefer the soft scent of orange peel drifting effortlessly from your accessories, this lineup will have you saying "ohhhhh!" when you look in the mirror.

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WINners head to sunny FL for a shot at $50,000 with SUP-X!

WINners head to sunny FL for a shot at $50,000 with SUP-X!

As one of the largest entrepreneurship events in Florida quickly approaches, we're happy to announce that two WIN Lab startups will be participating in this year's SUP-X Startup Expo in Fort Lauderdale on March 6 and 7. The two teams, who will have the opportunity to showcase their companies in front of over 1,500 investors, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem experts, were chosen based on their impressive traction during the WIN Lab accelerator, determined during the final presentation of Phase I. Those teams include Miami team Apollonix and and Boston WIN Lab startup Busy Beauty.

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Palmpress Coffee to Pitch at SUP-X Kickoff!

Jessica Do, Founder of Palmpress Coffee, has been selected to pitch live for a chance to showcase her company at the SUP-X: The Startup Expo Conference in March. She will be joined by six other startups with one of them walking away as the as the winner and represent Miami-Dade in the SUP-X startup competition semi-finals and receive a free exhibit booth and have an opportunity to win part of $50,000 total in cash!

To join the SUP-X Startup Expo kickoff, and see these companies pitch live to a group of four esteemed judges, RSVP here. Festivities begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 26,

Learn more about Palmpress by checking out the video to the left.


 

Loveleaf Co. Partners with Whole Foods for 7 Day Challenge

Loveleaf Co. Partners with Whole Foods for 7 Day Challenge

WIN Lab entrepreneur Ally Milligan of LoveLeaf Co. has spent the last few months working with the Boston Whole Foods Market team to bring all of you something special this month! To kick off the new year, they launched a 7 Day Salad Challenge. The premise is simple; all you have to do is eat one salad a day. And they know a thing or two about salads. LoveLeaf Co. provides the shopping list and a week of healthy, seasonal salad and bowl recipes. And you eat the salads. For seven days. It’s a simple habit that just might change your life and they're excited to show you how.

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Dropzone Wins $5k from StreetShares

Dropzone Wins $5k from StreetShares

Current WIN Lab entrepreneur, and women founder, Courtney Wilson just took home $5,000 in funding from StreetShares 2017 Veteran Small Business Awards! StreetShares brings together business owners in search of funding and investors looking for both financial and social returns. 

The first place winner, DropZone for Veterans, is a customizable directory of high-impact veteran benefits. You can kind of thing of them as the Yelp of resources for military veterans. In a day where searching for things like yoga classes and restaurants is as easy as hitting a button on your phone, Wilson decided that the same should be true for Veterans who want to access the resources that are currently available but incredibly scattered.

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How WIN Lab Miami demonstrates the value of diversity in entrepreneurship

How WIN Lab Miami demonstrates the value of diversity in entrepreneurship

Diversity is not only good for business; it’s good for innovation, and at the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab Miami, our inaugural cohort of women entrepreneurs represents diversity of all kinds. With 24 women innovating in a variety of industries such as technology, food and beverage, consumer products, apparel and fashion – just to name a few – the WIN Lab Miami represents and supports a broader trend toward diversity in entrepreneurship.  

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