Students from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business can earn course credit and special degree designation for participating in Babson’s intensive women’s accelerator

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Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® have launched a new WIN Lab® Intensity Track—providing MBA students the opportunity to earn course credit for their work in developing high-growth, women-led ventures.

“The WIN Lab has proved that women entrepreneurs participating in this program hit milestones, develop broad networks, and more rapidly develop their businesses,” said Candida Brush, Babson College’s Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership. “By combining this intensive lab experience with coursework, participants will have a chance to build directly on classroom experiences and apply what they learn in the lab.”

The WIN Lab Intensity Track will transform women entrepreneurs into CEOs through rigorous entrepreneurship coursework, applied experiences, mentoring, and milestone achievements designed to move early-stage ventures from prototype to successful launch and growth.

“The WIN Lab Intensity Track provides the opportunity for the entrepreneurial student to have it all – to scale their business amidst an inspiring cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs, while also fulfilling elective coursework requirements and becoming deeply immersed in Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through WIN Lab programming,” added Heatherjean MacNeil, Co-Founder and Global Director of the WIN Lab.

The new track will combine an eight-month, three-credit WIN Lab experience with a series of MBA entrepreneurship electives, including completion of the pre-requisite class: New Venture Creation.

Accelerator participants enjoy:

  • Weekly three-hour sessions with faculty and practitioner advisors that provide them with the technical expertise and skills needed to build market traction while exposing them to a wide range of entrepreneurship stakeholders, including serial entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors.
  • Private office hours with a wide range of experts who share experience-based insights.
  • A compatibility-matched coach that meets with them a minimum of twice a month throughout the duration of the program.
  • A series of public events, often in collaboration with other ecosystem partners, that provide access to strategic networks and opportunities that enable business launch and growth.

Graduates of the WIN LAB Intensity Track will receive a special designation at Commencement. In its pilot year, the WIN Lab Intensity Track course will be registered as an independent study.

Accepted accelerator participants can enroll in the WIN Lab Intensity Track by the start of the fall semester. For more information, email WIN Lab Global Director, Heatherjean MacNeil.

About the Babson College Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab®

Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® provides women entrepreneurs with an inspiring community and a rigorous, experiential process that catalyzes innovative thinking and enables them to successfully launch or transform businesses. Now in its fourth year, WIN Lab has been designated as one of the top two specialty programs for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE); earned BostInno’s designation as one of Boston’s “50 on Fire” innovators and visionaries; and was honored by the prestigious Rosoff Awards for diversity. 

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.

By Brianna Radicioni,, (781) 239-4548 | 06/30/2017 02:00