MassChallenge Accelerator. Applications due March 28. Apply here.
Babson Summer Venture Program:
Submit to the Predicting our Future podcast
A new tech/startup podcast called Predicting Our Future where serial entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich predicts the next revolutions in technology in a variety of verticals by speaking with leading CEOs and identifying massive opportunities for entrepreneurs. You can submit your own companies to participate and to be interviewed for the podcast.
WIN Lab Offerings:
Zendesk has welcomed WIN Lab as a Partner! For those of you that are not familiar, Zendesk is a customer service platform designed for companies that want to create customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal, and productive with the use of live chat, phone, messaging, etc. Shout out to Apollonix for making us aware of this opportunity!
As part of the partnership, WIN Lab WINners are eligible to receive $117/month for 12 months in credits, which is equivalent to 3 seats on the Zendesk Team plan and 3 agents on Zopim Chat basic plan. Please note, you may choose any plan, but the credit is only good for $117 for 12 months.
To qualify for this offer you must:
• Be new to Zendesk
• Apply the coupon code to your trial before purchasing
In order to redeem this offer, apply at the link below and mention WIN Lab as your incubator in the incubator section of the application form.
Get started resources
Getting Started: http://www.zendesk.com/support/getting-started
Tutorials: Zendesk Tutorial (for admins) & Zendesk Tutorial (for agents)
Setting up different channels:
Email forwarding to your Zendesk
Zendesk for Facebook
Zendesk for Twitter
Zendesk - Zopim Live chat
Zendesk - Voice
This one I know quite a few of you have been waiting for. Each WINner gets one 50% off discount code and one 20% off discount code to use. They’re one use, product total only. (Here’s the website.) Each of you have a specific code for use so when you’re ready to order, let me know and I will forward along that code.
HubSpot is a software platform to help you generate leads, close deals, and manage your pipeline and offers a growth stack of products for customer relationship management, marketing, and sales: powerful alone, and even better when used together. HubSpot’s free CRM aligns sales and marketing with ease, HubSpot Marketing helps you grow your traffic and convert more visitors into customers, and HubSpot Sales helps you skyrocket your productivity and close more leads with less work.
Hubspot is offering 90% off of two of their packages for startups, which include their starter package and their growth package. Click the links for more details. One of their team members is going to be coming in on April 4 from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the downtown Boston space to walk through how to use the platform (both the starter and the growth platforms) for anyone who is interested. I will send a meeting notification so that you have it on your radar.
To qualify you must:
have less than $1 million in funding
Have less than $1 million in lifetime revenue
Not be a HubSpot customer
Not be a marketing agency
THINKING BIG & AVENUES FOR GROWTH
WIN’s core value is to think big and the Lab is dedicated to empowering the WINners to scale their ventures. In preparation for the first milestone, the WINners must identify key avenues of growth for their businesses. Milestone I culminates with a pitch that outlines their growth plans, metrics, and the design of these market tests.
REPORT TO THE BOARD
Phase I culminates in a growth plan pitch. Based on the results from their beta tests, the WINners will present their growth vision, avenues for growth, and overall plan to scale during Phase II of the Lab. The pitch includes three year financial projections, a refined marketing and sales plan, and finally a gap analysis that identifies what the business needs to scale. These pitches will be delivered and evaluated during the Phase I Report to the Board session
Milestone II is focused on the key driver of growth: customer acquisition. WINners are expected to refine their go-to-market sales and marketing plans throughout Phase I of the Lab. To fulfill this milestone, WINners must create a refined pitch that shows: key customer acquisition activities, timeline, and budget for the upcoming year. In addition, WINners must develop an action plan focused on building and growing sales channels.