BABSON AWARDS STUDENT, GRADUATE, AND ALUMNI ENTREPRENEURS WITH MORE THAN $100,000
Babson College undergraduate student business PICCPerfect, graduate student business Play Business, and alumni business Green Piñata Toy Share are the 2016 winners of the Babson College B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action ®) Challenge .
B.E.T.A. Challenge competitors pitched their ventures this April for the chance to win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash, plus in-kind services from corporate sponsors, including Microsoft, BizLand, Cummings Properties, andMassChallenge. Winners exemplified proven success by reaching major milestones achieved through action.
Microsoft granted an additional 'BizSpark' prize to Play Business, including free cloud services, access to software, tools, and training courses. The Lewis Institute at Babson also announced a $1,000 award to B.E.T.A Challenge semifinalist SaveOhno, founded by Dylan Husted ’17, for its use of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® in combining economic value with social impact.
Undergraduate Student Winner - PICCPerfect
Emily Levy ’16, Maria del Mar Gomez ’16, Julianne Carlin ’17, and Yousef Al-Humaidhi ’15
PICCPerfect was launched by CEO and Co-Founder Emily Levy who has been battling Severe Chronic Lyme Disease since 2007. Emily and team are on a mission to build the confidence of other chronically-ill patients while also easing their treatment by creating functional and fashionable medical accessories. Their first product was the PICCPerfect PICC Line Cover.
Graduate Student Winner - Play Business
Joan Segura Oyamburu MS’17 and Fernanda de Velasco
Play Business is the first online equity crowdfunding platform for Mexican entrepreneurs and global investors.By making connections between Mexican entrepreneurs and people from around the world, Play Business is helping to grow the local economy while giving anyone the opportunity to invest in the best emerging startups in Latin America.
Alumni Winner - Green Piñata Toy Share
Shiva Kashalkar M’11 and Kiran Kashalkar M’15
Green Piñata Toy Share is an online subscription service that ships premium, educational toys for young children. By exchanging old toys with new ones—children never get bored, their toy collection adapts and evolves at the same pace as their development, and clutter is reduced in the home. Toy packages are tailored by age, and can be further customized based on special needs. After the toys have been rented a certain number of times, Green Piñata donates them to kids in need.
- 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.
- 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.
- Founded in July 2010 with a generous gift from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation, The Lewis Institute is the GPS for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions. We employ Babson’s methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as an accelerator for change. We create unexpected and fruitful collaborations between those who believe that business is a force for good and that societal dilemmas can lead to powerful market opportunities.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for 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.