Babson College startups are receiving support this summer in Undergraduate and MBA Hatcheries located on Babson’s Wellesley campus.

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As part of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program, the undergraduate and graduate Hatcheries provide a vibrant atmosphere conducive to sharing ideas and information among student teams, faculty, executives-in-residence and visiting entrepreneurs.

The Hatcheries function like incubators where student entrepreneurs have access to professional and semiprivate workspace to grow their businesses. Student businesses go through an application process before they are selected. Teams are awarded space in the Hatcheries one term at a time.

In spring 2011, Boston-based office space became available to graduate students (supported by the Babson Graduate School), in addition to space on campus. The Boston-based office space is only available during the academic year. There is no cost to participate in the Hatcheries but all student businesses are invited to contribute a percentage of their equity position to Babson through our Founders Fund. This Fund was created by alumni as a "venture capital fund" used to support Babson's mission of providing entrepreneurial education.


Summer 2013 Hatchery Businesses

Graduate Students

88 Acres (Robert Dalton M'14 and Nicole Ledoux) - 88 acres provides great-tasting, organic snack food products that are manufactured in a nut and gluten free environment for the health and allergy conscious consumer. (@88acresfoods)

Performance Fireflies (Iva Toudjarska M'13) - Performance Fireflies is bringing high-performance pants to high-performance kids and parents.

Photo Oil (Lei Wang M'13, Nick DiMatteo M'13 and Ronald Diep '15) - By leveraging talents of photographers and painters, Photo Oil is a service supplier that converts photos in any form into hand painted oil paintings. (@PhotoOil1)

YupStart (Eugene Hui M'13 and Elliott Wade) - Yupstart's platform connects project leaders with supporters to meet funding, talent and material needs for projects of any stage.


Undergraduate Students

BandSheep (Jimmy Gozal '16) - BandSheep is a social platform that connects local musicians and bands. BandSheep’s holistic vision is to build a network that connects and helps everyone in the music industry.

Volloonteers (Seung Hwan Shin ’14 and Ronald Diep ’15) – Volloonteers is a social platform that connects volunteers to events and connects events to donors.


About Babson College

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By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 05/22/2013 06:05