BABSON AWARDS B.E.T.A CHALLENGE FINALISTS WITH MORE THAN $100,000

Entrepreneurs from Think Board, DARTdrones, and WrightGrid win grand prize

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Babson College Undergraduate student business Think Board, Graduate student business DARTdrones, and alumni business WrightGrid​ are the 2015 winners of the Babson College B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®) Challenge. Each B.E.T.A. Challenge competitor had to demonstrate success in reaching major milestones achieved through action. 

The winners in all three startup categories ─ undergraduate, graduate, and alumni ─ each competed to win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash plus “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors, including Microsoft​BizLand,Cummings Properties, and MassChallenge. In addition, two other finalists from each competition category received $2,500 to aid in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Undergraduate Student Winner

Think Board​ – Hanson Grant '16

The ThinkBoard™ is a unique clear adhesive that turns any wall, desk, door or any other smooth surface into a dry-erase whiteboard.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Student Winner

 DARTdrones​​ – Abby Speicher M’15 
 
DARTdrones helps new drone pilots choose the right drone for their needs, understand how to fly legally and safely, and learn to fly.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Winner

WrightGrid​ – Ryan Wright M'13

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Sponsors

Gold

  • 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 37,000 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.
  • Samuel Goldstein & Co. is a multi-generational CPA and advisory firm that collaborates with clients spanning from incubators and entrepreneurs to small and mid-size established business owners. The firm helps young executives with start-up strategies, including back-office accounting support, cash flow management, tax strategies and financial reporting and counsel seasoned owners with financial decisions, profit enhancement and succession planning. Samuel Goldstein & Co. works to help create a successful business and achieve the proper work life balance.

Silver

  • Pepper Hamilton LLP , founded in 1890, is an internationally recognized law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, private equity funds, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.
  • Built on a long history as the premier law firm in Maine, Pierce Atwood LLP is a regional firm with more than 140 attorneys providing a full array of legal services in New England and beyond.​

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 Brianna DiPietro, bdipietro@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 04/17/2015 10:00