Babson College's Newly Expanded Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab Joins CIC Miami

Venture accelerator for women entrepreneurs to also collaborate with The LAB Miami

Following its recent launch, Babson College's Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab Miami, a venture accelerator specifically for women entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with CIC Miami – the newest expansion out of what was originally known as the Cambridge Innovation Center in Massachusetts. All WIN Lab Miami entrepreneurs, also known as WINners, will work out of CIC Miami’s brand new space on the third floor at 1951 NW 7th Avenue. 

The WIN Lab also looks forward to programming with The LAB Miami, an innovation space in Wynwood, to offer a series of upcoming events targeting the local ecosystem.

Babson’s WIN Lab is a first-of-its-kind program designed to help women entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. The program connects participants to a wide range of experts, networks, and co-working space, further enabling them to build on their ideas and expand their ventures. 

WIN Lab Miami has been made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Akerman Law is a sponsor of this year's programming.

CIC Miami
CIC is the oldest and largest convener of startup activity in The United States, with a mission to create powerful innovation communities for exceptional entrepreneurs tackling the world's largest questions. It does so by combining physical office space, partnerships, events, and other programming initiatives with the goal of convening individuals, companies, and cross-sector initiatives alike. CIC Miami is the fourth expansion site for CIC, following Cambridge/Boston, St. Louis, and Rotterdam, and is looking to connect the city's best entrepreneurs, investors, and educational institutions to innovation activity across the hemisphere. Babson's WIN Lab Miami is the first accelerator to join CIC in its new space, and to collaborate with CIC's nonprofit partner organization Venture Café Miami.

Both Babson and CIC have a robust track record of engendering entrepreneurship ecosystems, as well as a focus on making sure those communities are inclusive,” said CIC Miami General Manager Natalia Martinez-Kalinina. “It is therefore a natural fit to support each other's vision and expansion. Aside from the Bay Area, Boston is the main domestic hub driving innovation, so it is exciting for two tried-and-tested Boston institutions to bring their initiatives to Miami, hand-in-hand. It stands as further proof that Miami is the next emerging innovation market."

Nelly Farra, Director of Babson College's WIN Lab Miami, comments, "Our collaboration with CIC Miami is an important ingredient in our entrepreneurs' success. At WIN Lab, we stress the importance of creating startup ecosystems to support growing ventures. This same belief in the power of community to grow businesses is woven into the fabric of CIC. Together, I'm confident we're going to advance Miami's next wave of high-growth, women-led companies."

WIN Lab will host a series of public events at The LAB Miami in the coming year. Coined as a creative campus for entrepreneurs, The LAB is Miami's original co-working space. WIN's first event at The LAB is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, and will focus on building startup ecosystems. It will incldue speed-networking for entrepreneurs, funders, and service providers.

"The LAB Miami is a great location for WIN Lab to expand its audience of both men and women, fulfilling our mission to build a gender-enlightened ecosystem," said Heatherjean MacNeil, Global Director of Babson College's WIN Lab.

"The LAB Miami is thrilled to host the next WIN Lab events. This will contribute to the connecting of Miami's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and will help bring the LAB community closer together," added Ricardo Mesquita, CEO of The LAB Miami. 

abson’s WIN Lab Miami will announce its first WINners at an event today, September 8 alongside Venture Café. The kickoff will begin at 6:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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About CIC

CIC (founded as the “Cambridge Innovation Center”) was started in 1999 with a mission: to change the world through innovation by helping exceptional entrepreneurs innovate better and faster. Our work environment and tailored programming activities are specifically designed to create a vibrant community that attracts and supports the best entrepreneurs and their teams. CIC is not an incubator or an accelerator, so there are no applications or strings attached to locating here. Instead, we provide an unparalleled level of service and quality of community on an open playing field. Because of this, CIC has grown to become the largest cluster of innovative companies in the world, housing 1,000 companies in 450,000 square feet of premium office and co-working space across seven facilities.

To date, startups at CIC have raised over $2 billion in venture capital investment and created over $2 billion of publicly disclosed exit value. There is more than $7 billion of venture capital under management within CIC facilities. Google Android, HubSpot, and GreatPoint Energy are just a few of the successful startups that began at CIC, and some of its most notable corporate clients have included Apple, Google, Shell, Boeing, Facebook, and Disney.

About The LAB Miami

Located in the heart of the vibrant Wynwood Arts District, The LAB is Miami's original coworking space. In 2012, the founding members of the LAB teamed up with the Knight Foundation and a group of angel investors to convert a 10,000 square foot warehouse into a shared office space and event venue. Since then, a growing number of Miami's brightest and most forward-thinking entrepreneurial minds have converged hree to share their ideas, learn from one another, and build amazing companies and projects. 

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

About Babson’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab

Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, 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 launch or transform businesses. Now in its fourth year, WIN Lab has been designated as one of the top two specialty programs for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship®; earned BostInno’s designation as one of Boston’s “50 on Fire” innovators and visionaries; and was honored by the prestigious Rosoff Awards for diversity. For more information about WIN Lab, visit

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader of 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 Brianna Radicioni, (781) 239-4548, | 9/8/2016 11:00 AM