BABSON COLLEGE’S WOMEN INNOVATING NOW (WIN) LAB® MIAMI SELECTS 20 HIGH-IMPACT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS TO JOIN SECOND ANNUAL PROGRAM

WIN Lab® Miami welcomes 17 local women-led businesses from a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, education, food, fashion, and more

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Babson College has selected 20 local women entrepreneurs to participate in the 2017-2018 Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® Miami—a one-of-a-kind, eight-month accelerator program entering its second year in the region.

WIN Lab® aims to disrupt the entrepreneurial environment that women must often adhere to, and instead presents a challenging but supportive experience that catalyzes long-term success by fostering creativity and collaboration, increasing visibility, providing hands-on mentorships, identifying branding and marketing tactics, and leveraging funding opportunities and competitions.

The Miami program’s inaugural cohort of ‘WINners’ raised nearly $2 million in funding in the first year, and celebrated with a grand finale pitch competition in April 2017.

“We have selected a group of incredibly impressive women entrepreneurs to join WIN Lab Miami’s next cohort,” said Babson’s WIN Lab Miami Director Carolina Pina. “One team won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, some have already made strides as participants of the Idea Center’s CREATE program at Miami Dade College; one has just recently won an American Entrepreneurship Award; and two have been selected to pitch their businesses at the upcoming Demand Solutions competition on October 19. We look forward to helping further develop and advance their businesses, and being witness to all of their accomplishments to come.”

To support WIN Lab efforts, Babson has appointed an outstanding Advisory Board, chaired by Carol Faber, Partner at Akerman LLP. Faber was recently named one of Real Estate Forum's 50 Women of Influence in Real Estate, and is also the Chair of Akerman's Women's Initiative Network and Co-chair of its Distressed Property Practice Group. Babson has also invited accomplished entrepreneurs and investors from the community to act as Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) and Investors-In-Residence (IIRs).

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs)

  • Johanna Mikkola, Co-Founder, Wyncode Academy
  • RJ Joshi, Co-Founder and COO, Bodhi Tree Asset Management
  • Silvina Moschini, Co-Founder and CEO, SheWorks!
  • Ze’ev Feig MBA’03, CEO, Zensah

Investors-In-Residence (IIRs)

  • Adam Smith, Investor
  • Blaire Martin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Florida Angel Nexus
  • Raul Moas, Managing Director, AGP

WIN Lab® Miami has been made possible with support from John S. and James L. Knight FoundationFedEx, and Akerman LLP, and sponsor HSBC.  Additional opportunities for the entrepreneurial ecosystem to get involved with WIN Lab Miami, including programming and events, will soon be announced.

Meet the 2017-2018 Miami WINners

WINners were announced at a September 19 kickoff event at Venture Café in CIC Miami

ETC
Karley Chynces, Founder and CEO

Mobile app that will allow students to buy and sell books and dorm supplies locally.

Caribu
Maxeme Tuchman, Co-Founder and CEO

Communication and collaboration platform that helps parents, extended family, and mentors read and draw with children when they are not in the same location. Caribu is one of two WINners selected by the Inter-American Development Bank to compete at Demand Solutions on October 19. Only five Florida businesses were chosen.

Ginger Straps
Leana Loh, Founder and CEO

Add-on ankle strap for high heels and flats to transform shoes from strapless to strappy.

Imalac, LLC
Noreen Gordon Sablotsky, Co-Founder and CEO; Rachael Sablotsky Kish, Co-Founder and COO

Healthcare technology company focused on increasing the efficiency and practicality of breast pumping.

Impetus Social
Sonia Hinestrosa, Founder

Education technology company providing critical skills in areas like digital literacy, STEM, leadership, and financial literacy.

Lean Orb
Anastasia Mikhalochkina, Founder

Plant-based, biodegradable catering supplies. Lean Orb has also been selected to compete at Demand Solutions this fall.

Luxe Fête Social
Nathalie Anne Cadet-James, Founder

Service company that provides a dinner party in a box.

MADSTUDIOS, Inc.
Jennifer Nicole Hardcastle, Co-Founder

Platform that provides resources and access to all creatives with the tools needed to be successful.

Major Marketplace
Leyanis Diaz, Co-Founder and CEO

Online marketplace for minority businesses and those who want to support them. Diaz also participated in Miami Dade College Idea Center’s 10-week go-to-market program—CREATE. She recently won an American Entrepreneurship Award alongside two participants from Babson’s inaugural WIN Lab Miami program—Kelly Pierce, Founder and CEO of PIERCE Plan, and Jacqueline Stetson Pastore, Founder and CEO of UX Gofer.

PEX+
Jessica Coane, Founder and President

Travel search engine for using miles and points.

Prizm Art Fair, LLC
Mikhaile Solomon, Founder and Director

Cutting-edge art fair that expands the spectrum of exhibiting international artists from Africa, the global African Diaspora, and emerging markets.

Sayblee
Ashley Sebok, Founder and CEO

100 percent natural, organic, handmade hair care system formulated to repair damaged hair, and maintain healthy hair.

Smart Straws
Susana Cappello, Victoria Roca, Carolina Baigorri, Co-Founders

Straw that detects the most common date rape drugs, GHB and Ketamine, found in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Cappello, Roca, and Baigorri won this year’s Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track.

SpeechMED Inc.
Susan Alanna Perry, Founder and CEO

Patient engagement platform that makes healthcare information accessible to all patients regardless of age, language, or literacy levels.

TeaRado Tech
Nicole Tirado, Founder

Tech-infused tea cup that allows users to consume tea hands-free.

Voyz.es
Ana Maria Carrano, Co-Founder and CEO

Agile and collaborative transcription platform that allows users to transcribe audio and video content fast, with high accuracy and affordable rates, using machine learning and crowdsourcing.

Wedding QuickQuote
Madeline Daryadel, Founder and President

Extranet software program featured on venue sites which expedites the search and sales process providing users with an instant reply to an online inquiry.

Babson in Miami

Massachusetts-based Babson College, the recognized world leader in entrepreneurship education, has also recently announced an expansion of its graduate programs to Miami. The new effort builds on the ongoing success of WIN Lab Miami, as well as its Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program hosted at Miami Dade College, which empowers local small business owners to help their companies grow. The application period for the graduate programs is open and classes are set to begin in Fall 2018.

Miami also is a hub for a vibrant network of 5,000 Babson alumni who live and work in the region, Southern U.S. and Latin America. The region boasts the fourth-largest concentration of Babson graduates, many of whom are involved in family enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures in the Miami area. Some of Babson’s most notable Miami-area alumni include: WIN Lab alumna Francine Gervazio MBA’16, Murilo Amaral MBA’16, and Alfredo Keri MBA’16, founders of Cargo42; Alberto Perlman ’98, co-founder and CEO of Zumba Fitness, LLC; the Zamora family, who run the financial institution LAFISE; and Diego Lowenstein ’90 P'21, CEO and the third generation to work at Lionstone Development, founded and headquartered in Miami.

About the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab at Babson

Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Boston-based Babson College, Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab provides women entrepreneurs in both Boston and Miami 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 fifth 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.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​​​. The top​-rankedcollege 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, bradicioni@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 09/19/2017 12:00