Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) partners with Knight Foundation, City of Boston’s Women on Main initiative, and more to help boost and support women entrepreneurship

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Babson College's Center for Women’s Entrepre­neurial Leadership (CWEL) has selected a total of 43 women entrepreneurs to participate in the 2016-17 Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab business accelerator, a one-of-a-kind program—now in Boston and Miami, specifically designed to support women entrepreneurs in their startup and early-stage ventures. 


The WIN Lab provides select Babson alumni and student women entrepreneurs, fellows from the City of Boston's Office of Business Development and Boston's Office of Women's Advancement “Women on Main” initiative, and now entrepreneurs in Miami, with the road map, expertise, inspiration, and community they need to successfully reach their entrepreneurial goals.


WIN Lab Miami hosted a kickoff event at VentureCafe on September 8 to present the startups selected to participate in Miami’s very first accelerator for women. The new program will host 24 women entrepreneurs who have collectively started 21 businesses. One-hundred eighty impressive entrepreneur teams applied for the new program since its launch in early 2016.

WIN Lab Miami has been made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Get to know the Miami WINners (pdf) »

Upcoming WIN Lab Miami programming and events include a Demo Night on Thursday, October 27, during which women entrepreneurs will showcase their companies, fans will vote, and five WIN Lab startups will pitch for prizes, and a ‘Build Your Start-Up Ecosystem’ event on Thursday, November 22, featuring speed-networking with entrepreneurs, funders, and service providers.


This year’s WIN Lab cohort in Boston is comprised of 19 entrepreneurs building 18 businesses focused on education, social change, food, networking, fashion, and more. Seventy women entrepreneurs applied to be a part of the 2016 WIN Lab Boston.

Learn more about each and follow their WIN Lab journey (pdf) »

Upcoming WIN Lab Boston programming and events include Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders on Monday, October 17, which is set to draw hundreds of people to witness four fan-favorite businesses pitching to the crowd, as well as SheDemos on Wednesday, November 9 during which each of this year’s WINners will showcase their companies to the general public.

Babson’s WIN Lab is led by Global Director, Heatherjean MacNeil, Director of WIN Lab Miami, Nelly Farra, and Director of WIN Lab Boston, Ashley Lucas.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

About the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab at Babson

Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, 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®; 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 the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College

Founded in 2000, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College (CWEL) fulfills and extends Babson’s mission by creating a gender-enlightened business ecosystem where a diverse range of entrepreneurial leaders is encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The center does this by empowering women leaders through educational programs, events, and research while also promoting gender equity as a growth strategy that allows all individuals and organizations around the world to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential. 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader of 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 | 09/09/2016 09:29