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Babson Hosts 16 Teams of Entrepreneurs in 2014 Summer Venture Program

Full-time community of entrepreneurs work together on campus

Summer Venture Showcase: July 31, 2014​​

Babson College selected 16 teams to participate in this year’s 2014 Summer Venture Program. Sponsored by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, the 10-week intensive experience is designed to support the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson. 

The Summer Venture Program is one of the area’s leading accelerators. It is the only full-time community of entrepreneurs and advisors in the greater Boston area, working together in an open workspace on the College’s campus. The program includes noontime lectures and discussions with notable entrepreneurs, investors, and company advisors on a wide range of entrepreneurship topics and issues.

All of the lessons and experience from the program culminate in the Summer Venture Showcase, a celebration where participants present their work to professional investors and the local community on Thursday, July 31 at 2 p.m. in Olin Auditorium at Babson College.

2014 Summer Venture Program Teams

  1. Cafe X - Henry Hu '16 and Sebastian Gomez Puerto M'14
    Cafe X is the next generation coffee experience. Cafe X integrates industrial automation technology and mobile software to create a magical and seamless coffee concept for the premium grab-and-go market.

  2. Entropic Harvest Technologies - Lauren DiPerna M'15
    Entropic Harvest Technologies designs and develops high-performance, environmentally sustainable crop protection products.

  3. GoBag - Andres Valencia M'15
    GoBag is an ultra-light, flexible water container with outstanding design and awesome graphics, that can be folded, flattened, or rolled to fit any pocket; allowing you to conveniently bring your water everywhere. Because it is reusable, GoBag helps reduce the carbon footprint in the environment by replacing single-use plastic bottles used in bottled water.
    @The_GoBag on Twitter »

  4. HigherMe - Rob Hunter M'14 and Evan Lodge M'14
    HigherMe is a video recruiting platform that helps retail employers find, screen, and interview better employees.
    @HigherMeJobs on Twitter »

  5. Intelligent Payment Networks - Max Miller '16, Eveline Dang '15, and Zhan Shi '16
    Intelligent Payment Networks prides itself on being at the forefront of technology in the payment processing industry. IPN provides businesses with solutions for accepting, processing, and managing electronic payments, with professionals being well trained to guide merchants through the transaction process in the most efficient manner.
    @IntelligentPay on Twitter »

  6. Inspired Origami - Ken Zhang '16 and Lawrence Bell
    Inspired Origami is a lifestyle company dedicated to the belief that the ancient art of origami can be revolutionized into a bold and modern fashion statement.

  7. Jossle - Daquan Oliver '14, Rotimi Lademo '15, and Luisa Reyes
    Jossle is an agency that helps companies reach and sell to the college student demographic.
    @TeamJossle on Twitter »

  8. Paleo Parrot - Christa Ferguson M'15
    Paleo Parrot Desserts provides delicious treats loaded with healthy fats, no refined sugar, and are gluten free!

  9. Paporize - Vishnu Venkatesh M'15
    Use Paporize software to encrypt and permit, in real-time, only specific people to view your files. Your sensitive documents are secured while using cloud services like Dropbox and Box. Paporize is simple, secure, smart.

  10. Octavia's Organics - Octavia Costeo M'15
    Octavia's Organics provides delicious natural jams that make life sweeter without sugar!

  11. Salamander’s Energy Solutions - Alfredo Gago M'12, CAM'14
    Salamander's Energy Solutions provides an innovative way to charge cell phones, tablets, and gadgets in public spaces.

  12. Step Zero Payment Systems, LLC - David Moore '16 and Brendon Tiszka
    Step Zero Payment Systems automates the transfer of transaction data between consumers, developers, and merchants, allowing for seamless social purchasing and advertising.

  13. Startup Rounds - Paul Hammond M'14
    Startup Rounds qualifies startups for investment. Companies apply to compete in a contest for support, recognition, customers, and capital. The top scoring startups advance to later rounds, establishing credibility, proving concept, and gaining recognition, furthering opportunities to raise money, generate sales, and win cash prizes.
    @StartupRounds on Twitter »

  14. TreeSeed.org - Daniel Carranza M'14 and Diego Pacheco
    TreeSeed.org is a tool for nonprofits to fundraise online.

  15. UNIMOS - Julio Sosa M'15
    UNIMOS is an annual prepaid repatriation service for Latin American immigrants living in the USA and Canada.

  16. Vdesign - Vaibhav Dhandia M'14, Anish Gangwal M'14, and Samuel Sternweiler '17
    Vdesign provides a platform to independent jewelry designers who do not have the manufacturing resources to bring their designs to life.

Faculty Co-Directors

Mary Gale
Visiting Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Babson College; Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program 2011-2012; Advisor, Summer Venture Program 2011- 2014

Gale is a business leader, consultant, advisor, and educator with over 20 years of strategic, marketing, executive, and operations experience across a broad range of industries including software-based services, diagnostics, telecommunications, surface preparation, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods, and education. She has been teaching entrepreneurship at Babson since 2011. Prior to Babson, Gale has been involved in eight start-ups as an investor, director, and/or senior executive. Most recently, she served as CEO of a start-up software services business.

Jeff Schiebe
Founder, J&F Associates; Advisor, Summer Venture Program 2010-2014

Schiebe brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial experience, technical knowledge, global marketing expertise and cross-cultural perspectives to his role as an international advisor, consultant, lecturer, and author. He is the founder of J&F Associates, a management consulting company, providing international business development to technology companies. A seasoned global entrepreneur and executive, traveling to more than 50 countries, his focus has been on developing global partners, channel development, and strategic selling—primarily in telecom, software, and Internet markets.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​​

By Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 6/13/2014 12:00 AM