Entrepreneurs recognized for making positive impact in Massachusetts

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Sarah Hodges M’10 and Jon Feinman M’10 were honored as BostInno Alumni Impact Award winners at the first-ever Boston UpFront event at the Revere Hotel in Boston.

The awards recognize young leaders who graduated from a Boston-area college who have made a positive impact in Massachusetts and are shaping what’s to come in the future of innovation.

The event featured an exclusive film screening focused on recent and upcoming developments in Boston. Approximately 450 area business leaders, professionals and students were in attendance.  Three short documentary-style films provided insight on what can be anticipated within Boston’s startup community.

Hodges is the co-founder of, a continuing education organization developed in 2012, which offers classes where local professionals and entrepreneurs form connections with Boston experts to help enhance professional development skills. Classes are offered three to four nights a week at its Boston waterfront location on Congress Street. She also serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Smarterer, a Boston startup focused on developing and distributing testing materials to employees to generate skill assessments for hiring decisions.

Feinman is the executive director and founder of InnerCity Weightlifting, a non-profit organization geared at reducing violence and advocating achievement among the city’s most underserved urban youth. The goal of this startup is to get young people, who are at the highest risk for violence, off the city’s streets and into the gym where they can build confidence and receive support. InnerCity Weightlifting strives to empower young people to say no to violence and yes to opportunity. The gym serves as a resource for this population where students can set goals from themselves at a physical and personal level to improve their lives. Today, more than 200 students attend this Dorchester weightlifting gym.

Hodges and Feinman’s companies were among six total startups recognized as being exceptionally influential in Boston.

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 Lindsey Cunningham,, 781-239-4548 | 05/06/2014 05:00