A new kind of business competition.

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Seventy-seven Babson College startups are competing to win more than $30,000 in Startup Rounds, a new kind of business competition launched by The Babson Entrepreneurship Club (BEC).

Startup Rounds is open to any company founded by Babson undergraduates, graduate students or alumni with less than $1 million in earned revenues.

BEC Co-President Paul Hammond sees Startup Rounds as a fun way to showcase the depth and breadth of Babson’s entrepreneurial enterprises, while offering startup founders the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure
  • Establish credibility
  • Prove a concept
  • Refine a pitch
  • Find customers
  • Raise a seed round

“This is a great way for Babson startups to show off their stuff and gain traction,” said Hammond.

How It Works: Complete contest rules and Babson businesses profiles »

  • The contest consists of four 7-day rounds.
  • Within each round, startups must demonstrate the strengths of their business idea and network by gaining support via social media to improve their standing on the leaderboard. Anybody with a Facebook account can vote for up to three startups per round.
  • After each round, a startup’s score resets along with their position on the leaderboard.
  • Each round will have a cutline. For example, if there are 50 startups, 10 will be eliminated in each round.
  • The top 10 startups will be invited to pitch to an expert judge panel followed by an awards ceremony on Feb. 27, 2014 at The Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center.
  • Over $30,000 in prizes will be awarded, including $20,000 in cash and $10,000 in legal resources (Pepper Hamilton and Pierce Atwood); real-estate consultation (VP of Colliers International, Boston); BostInno press and MassChallenge opportunities; and meetings with Rough Draft Ventures, offering the opportunity to raise up to $25,000.

The following Babson businesses are competing in Startup Rounds »

AfterDark Technologies H2knO ​PowerUP
Amal Oils Healthrics Rallyoop
Be Limitless HealthyHive.com Recesspreneurs, Inc.
BEOE Inc. HigherMe Rise
Botron Software House Bear Brewing Sentio
Bquipped Hubster SkinYoga
Break Room Hughes RiskApps Snapparent
Con-necta Social Community i4class Sol Power LLC
CONTAP India in a Box SpinRiot
CrowdComfort Infobits Sprout Products
Darrow’s Joe Cut By Joe Grooming The Chicken and Rice Guys
DashaBella Jossle, LLC Transit Lounge
DataCrowd Legacy Software, Ltd. TravelMed
designpad Lis’n Up Clothing TravelmeLocal
Elevation Lucky Shoe Magnets Triangle Coffee Co.
FantasySalesTeam MandaSeguro.com Trinity Activewear
FedWell Pet Foods Mapvista TrintMe
FOTOMATE Moodsnap TrueSight
FourthWheel Coffee MyFaci.com Understudy
Functional Foods NoProb Software UtiSave
Game Day: Skincare for Active Men Octavia’s Organics Vdesign
Gemstone Workshop Oduga Veer
Go Profile Green OnHand Vocational Exposure
GoBag Parlor Skis WineKick: the wine sidekick
Grandma Lena’s PayPay Africa Inc. Zoos Greek Iced Teas
Guest Listers​ Plaiding​  

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 Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 02/03/2014 06:00