Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) partners with City of Boston’s Women on Main initiative

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The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College has selected 21 women entrepreneurs to participate in the 2015-16 Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab business accelerator, a one-of-a-kind program, specifically designed to support women entrepreneurs in their startup and early-stage ventures. The WIN Lab provides Babson women entrepreneurs—undergraduates, graduates, and alumnae—the road map, expertise, inspiration, and community they need to successfully reach their entrepreneurial goals.

Babson’s CWEL also partners with the City of Boston's Office of Business Development and Boston's Office of Women's Advancement to support six women entrepreneur fellows from “Women on Main,” an initiative developed in 2013 to better serve and connect women business owners throughout the city of Boston.

This year’s WIN Lab cohort comprises 21 entrepreneurs building 19 businesses in industries including healthcare information technology, medical accessories, youth fitness, retail, education, transportation logistics, and more.

About WIN Lab

The WIN Lab is a different kind of venture accelerator that broadens the possibilities for women entrepreneurs whose skills, ideas, and commitment are too often unmet by the traditional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

WIN Lab is set up as an eight-month program of weekly, three-hour experiential sessions that drive founders toward monthly milestones. A wide range of experts share their valuable insights into the path to entrepreneurial success. Each company in the WIN Lab is paired with a compatibility-matched coach, and founders are held accountable to progress goals by the self-governing WIN peer community.

Additionally, a series of public events, often in collaboration with other ecosystem partners, offer access to strategic networks and opportunities to platform founders and their ventures. The Lab is located at District Hall, a co-working space in Boston’s Innovation District, where entrepreneurs can work on their ventures between formal sessions.    

“From our research, we know that there are more than 126 million women entrepreneurs active around the world,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey. “Yet more can and must be done to help women further grow their businesses. Babson’s WIN Lab is designed to do just that. This first-of-its kind incubator helps women entrepreneurs build new collaborations, develop their entrepreneurial abilities, and access the resources necessary to both expand their businesses and create much-needed jobs.”

“This year’s WIN Lab cohort exemplifies the breadth and diversity of businesses being created by women in Boston and beyond,” said Susan Duffy, Executive Director of CWEL and Co-Founder of the WIN Lab. “We’re looking forward to spending the next eight months working closely with these 21 exceptional women as they make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.”

“The WIN Lab builds CEOs with the support of a powerful network of experts, coaches, and serial entrepreneurs from the greater Boston ecosystem,” saidHeatherjean MacNeil, Global WIN Lab Director. “As we enter our third year, the Lab welcomes this talented cohort of entrepreneurs, challenging them to push their boundaries of what is possible and scale their businesses.”

The WIN Lab is made possible by generous donations from our partners, Version 2.0 Communications and Gesmer Updegrove.

Upcoming WIN Lab Events

Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
District Hall - 75 Northern Ave., Boston
Select WIN Lab businesses will showcase their business ideas.

#SheDemos with WIN Lab and TechHub
Tuesday, November 3
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
C Space - 290 Congress St., 7th Floor, Boston
See the WIN Lab's cohort in action at #SheDemos business competition.

#WomenFounders Quick-Fire Challenge
Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mass Challenge - 21 Drydock Ave., 6th Floor, Boston
The WIN Lab is partnering with the women of Mass Challenge to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with an evening of pitching and entrepreneurial problem solving.

For more information about these events and general inquiries about the WIN lab, please contact WIN Lab Global Director, Heatherjean MacNeil.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College

Founded in 2000, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College fulfills and extends Babson’s mission by educating, inspiring, and empowering women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The Center does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. 


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 and Action​​​​​​​​​​​​​® ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​ ​​​​​

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