Babson Entrepreneurs Accepted into 2016 MassChallenge Accelerator

Six Babson teams join 128 finalists, selected from more than 1,700 applicants worldwide

​​​​​​​​Six Babson alumni, undergraduate, and graduate student businesses have been named finalists in the 2016 MassChallenge accelerator program. This year’s cohort was chosen from over 1,700 applicants and represent a diverse range of industries and geographies, including nine countries and 16 states.

As part of the accelerator, the teams will have the opportunity to engage with high-profile speakers, expert mentors, and a global network of support throughout the four-month program in Boston. Startups will also have access to co-working space, industry resources, and the MADE@MassChallenge research and development lab for zero cost and zero equity. Since launching in 2015, MADE@MassChallenge has supported more than 30 startups, including eight program winners.

2016 Babson MassChallenge Finalists

Gravyty
Adam Martel MBA’17 and Rich Palmer MBA’16, Co-Founders

Gravyty combines predictive modeling, highly curated data visualization, and cutting-edge fundraising research to produce an intuitive cloud-based dashboard specifically built to empower fundraisers to easily leverage data, while staying focused on building relationships and closing gifts.

SaveOhno.org
Dylan Husted ’17, Founder

SaveOhno sources petitions from around the web to help find the causes people truly care about.

WeThrive
Daquan Oliver ’14, Founder and Executive Director

WeThrive is a collective of undergrads that mentor and teach life skills through entrepreneurship to youth of under-resourced communities. The organization works through college student chapters that operate as entrepreneurial hubs for their peers and local community.

PICCPerfect
Emily Levy ’16, CEO and Co-Founder; Yousef Al-Humaidhi ’16, CFO and Co-Founder; Hannah Conley ’16, Grant Manager and Executive Assistant; Leandra Grinage ’16, VP of Social Media; Alicia Tzau ’16, VP of Finance and Community Manager; and Maria Del Mar Gomez ’16, VP of Market Research

PICCPerfect is a socially-innovative company that helps put confidence back into the lives of chronically-ill patients, and improves their quality of life through functional and fashionable medical dressings.

EVA the Virtual Scribe powered by Symbiosis, Inc.
Hadi El Heneidi MBA’12, Co-founder

EVA is a mobile app for healthcare providers that accelerates medical note writing, captures more revenue and improves patient satisfaction.

PiraShield
Eirik Somerville ’16, Co-founder

PiraShield is an anti-piracy search engine that removes pirated eLearning courses from the internet.

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, the UK, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.3 billion, generated $575 million in revenue, and created over 8,500 jobs. 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​. The top​-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial 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 make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 5/25/2016 2:00 PM