THE WIN LAB ACCELERATOR:
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 their 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 experience, “WINners” test prototypes, fine-tune their KPIs, and develop growth strategies in order to scale their ventures. You also get:
40+ business curriculum content sessions, including Babson faculty and world-renowned pedagogy
One-on-one coaching for the duration of the program
Access to experts in a variety of industries and subject matter
To participate in well-attended public events to showcase your company
Milestones to hold you accountable to your goals
A cohort of women entrepreneurs who are experiencing the entrepreneurial journey with you
To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
WIN Lab Admissions Criteria:
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.
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINES & FEES:
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 session, and meet the criteria listed below, you are welcome to apply!
Application Due: May 31 at 11:59pm EST
All materials and application must be submitted by the deadline. Don’t forget your executive summary!
***Boston: Participants will be notified June 20th if they advance to the interview round.
***Miami: Participants will be notified June 14th if they advance to the interview round.
Boston: June 25 & 26 and July 10, 11 & 12
Miami: June 25 - June 28
Applicants selected to move to the next round of admissions will be invited to participate in a 30 minute semi-finalist interview with a member of the WIN Lab team and a valued WIN Lab stakeholder.
***Boston: Participants will be notified July 16th if they advance to the finalist round.
***Miami: Participants will be notified July 3rd if they advance to the finalist round.
Finalist Pitch - Video Submission:
Boston Deadline: July 24 at 12:00pm EST
Miami Deadline: July 16 at 8:00am EST
Semi-finalist applicants selected to move to the last round of admissions will be invited to submit a 5-minute video where they pitch their business using presentation guidelines provided by the WIN team. The top applicants will be selected for the 2018 - 2019 cohort.
Boston: August 1
Miami: July 25
Notifications will be sent to the 2018 - 2019 WIN Lab cohorts.
$0 until March 31, 2018 at midnight
$50 from April 1, 2018 until April 31, 2018 at midnight
$100 from May 1, 2018 until May 31, 2018 at 5pm EST