Alumni entrepreneurs, undergraduate and graduate students compete for $20,000 grand prize each at finals on Thursday, April 11th.

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Babson College has announced the semi-finalist entrepreneurs selected to compete in its 2013 Entrepreneurial Thought And Action ® (B.E.T.A.) Challenge April 3rd, with finalist presentations to follow on April 11th.

Winners in three categories ─ alumni entrepreneurs, undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs ─ will each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash and “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors. In addition, $2,500 will be awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions.

The B.E.T.A. Challenge is Babson’s ‘alternative’ business plan competition where entrepreneurs must demonstrate success in reaching major milestones achieved through action. It builds on Babson’s branded teaching method—Entrepreneurial Thought & Action or ETA®and on the idea that entrepreneurs are made, not born. B.E.T.A. challenges entrepreneurs to lead at all stages, levels and types of organizations, and to bring a range of skills to bear on Entrepreneurship of All Kinds.

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2013 B.E.T.A. Challenge Semi-Finalists

Alumni Challenge

• Bquipped, LLC - Bquipped aims to improve sports by putting the most relevant piece of equipment into athletes' hands. Colleen Connors M’12, Nicola Palmer, Andrew Palmer, Kelsey Leljedal & Ben Connors



• House Bear Brewing - House Bear Brewing, a winery, crafts the nectar of bees into an exceptional mead. Elizabeth C. Borges M’10 & Carl Hirschfeld


• MandaSeguro - MandaSeguro is an online portal that allows the transfer of money from individuals living in the US to pre-designated businesses in LATAM, safely and efficiently. Matias Sevi ’12, Alexis Garberis, Lucía Moroni & Ariel Sevi

• Ovatemp, LLC - Mobile fertility monitor for natural pregnancy achievement. Daniel Graf M’12



• Shake 2 Activate - Shake 2 Active® is a multi-surface household cleaner and heavy duty degreaser. Walter M. Geslak ‘88

WHITENIFE - Whitenife is a social venture that allows its customers to not only express their concern and awareness towards elephant poaching, but do so with taste and elegance. Sonia Agarwal ‘12


Graduate Challenge

• 88 Acres - 88 acres is an artisan, organic food products startup. We craft nut-free, gluten-free granola bars and bites by hand. Robert Dalton M’14 & Nicole Ledoux



• AfterDark Technologies - AfterDark Technologies is creating an immersive nighttime experience for team sports including Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football. Daniel Wilson M’13

• Parlor Skis - Parlor handcrafts skis for New England Skiers; we customize each ski to elevate our customers on-snow experience. Mark Wallace M’14


• PawUp LLC - introduces the network for socializing your pet without getting fleas on your friends list. Cait Porte M’14


Vicarious - Vicarious offers colleges a set of online tools and mobile applications that they can use to create and manage interactive and real-time virtual tours and experiences for their prospective students. Nanda Abeysekera M’14, Chethan Mittapillai M’14 & Craig Chatwin

• Worcester Chamber Music Society - holds a cultural presence within the Greater Worcester area by presenting sold-out concerts to captivated audiences, receiving consistent critical acclaim, building new young audiences, and training rising musicians through both its school residency and Summer Festival programs. Krista Buckland Reisner M’16



Undergraduate Challenge

• - Artblix is a web-platform where you will be able to buy and sell all types of cultural handmade products, worldwide. Rolando Chinchilla ‘15, Carlos E. Santos & Edwin F. Chinchilla


• bites - A fast food restaurant with a slow food mindset. Thomas J. McGrath ’14 & Michael A. Gibney

• College Outside - College Outside is a community-based online media company that brings outing clubs across the country together while connecting outdoor brands to these outdoor oriented students.


• Elysium Ventures - Elysium Ventures is first and foremost a platform for foreign direct investments in the West Bank, Palestine. Carl Perez ’15 & Robert Sternberg ‘15

• Moratic - A company set up to import, distribute, market, design, and contract out production abroad for Moratic branded Dokha tobacco ( our flagship product) , handmade designer pipes, and electronic hookahs of the highest quality at a low and affordable price. Tushar Parbhu ’14 & Rohit Makhija

• - creates premier strategy guides in the gaming industry. Joseph Roth ‘14


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Babson Alumni and Friends Network

Babson has a worldwide alumni, parents, and friends network of more than 35,000 graduates. This expansive network spans all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and is found in over 100 countries around the world.

The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) works to ensure that there are opportunities for all alumni to feel connected to Babson. The BAA is committed to supporting the mission of the College by enhancing the incredible network of 35,000 alumni around the world. With each graduating class, the network becomes brighter, more diverse, and increasingly successful, thus providing a truly valuable resource to each other.

About Babson

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. For information, visit

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By Barbara Spies Blair, | 03/28/2013 07:00