Babson Hosts 15 Start-Ups In 2013 Summer Venture Program

Babson College hosts annual Summer Venture Program to facilitate the growth of student businesses

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Babson College selected 15 teams to participate in this year’s 2013 Summer Venture Program. Sponsored by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, the 10-week intensive experience is designed to support the most promising MBA and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson.

The Summer Venture Program is one of the area’s leading accelerators and has several unique features, including being the only full-time community of entrepreneurs and mentors that work together in an open workspace on the college’s campus. In addition, the program provides participants with a noontime lecture series that covers a wide range of topics relating to entrepreneurship, including discussions by successful entrepreneurs, investors and company advisors.

Participants also engage in “Hot Seat” sessions, created by Steve Gold, the Director of the Program, where they learn to critique presentations and develop engaging sales and investor pitches. This year’s special guests include Marsh Carter, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and former Chairman and CEO of State Street Bank, and Jordan Kahn, founder and CEO of the Holmes Group. In addition, Babson alumnae Sara Gragnolati of Cocomama Foods, Jill Cartwright of GoGaga bags, Enrico Palmerino of ThinkLite, and Ross Beyeler of GrowthSpark are four of the young entrepreneurs who spend time with the participants.

This year’s program features a diverse array of business ranging from retail to event planning and even a Mango Wine company. All of the lessons and experience from this summer’s program culminate in a Summer Venture Program Showcase event, a celebration at Babson College where participants showcase their work to professional investors and the local community, on Thursday, July 25th.

To find out more information on Babson’s Summer Venture program visit: or see below for a full list of this year’s participants:


2013 Summer Venture Program Teams

AfterDark Technologies (@Bias4ActionDJW) (Daniel Wilson M'13) - AfterDark Technologies is creating an immersive nighttime experience for team sports including Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football.

Artblix (@Artblix) (Rolando Chinchilla '15) - Artblix is an Online Marketplace where Artists, Artisans, Retailers, and Art-lovers will be able to Buy & Sell all types of Cultural Handmade Products, Worldwide!

DealTas (DealTas on Facebook) (Yaniv Koter M'13) - DealTas provides a better way for international consumers to shop online in the US through a variety of value added service such as US address, consolidation of orders and customs advise. Currently focusing on the Israeli market, we are proud to provide the most intimate customer service in the market.

The Dominican Block (Chet Clem M'13) - The Dominican Block is a historic landmark building that is being redeveloped in downtown Lewiston, Maine. (Paola Katz Friedler '14) - EasyPoll.Us allows audience members the ability to anonymously rate any event, speaker or performer instantly.

FedWell (Emily Lagasse M'16) - FedWell Pet Foods is a unique and exciting pet food line that is made of high-quality, human-grade ingredients (including sprouted seeds!) and baked at low temperatures to retain nutrition.

Guest Listers (@guestlisters) (Eric Sedransk M'14 and Kevin Connors M'14) - Guest Listers is improving the Boston nightlife scene by providing access to the guest list at premier bars and clubs throughout the city.

Mango Wine (Mariana Robina Galatas M'13 and Alonso Hidalgo M'13) - A creative solution to use rescued mangos from Mexican farms to produce a high quality Wine.

PureAbs (Prateek Sood M'14) - With a patented single motion triple impact design, PureAbs is an adominal exerciser for home use, providing a comprehensive workout.

ReceptionIt (@ReceptionIt) (Andrew Lee M'13 and Andrew Krebs-Smith M'13) - ReceptionIt makes it easy for event planners to instantly find, compare and book unique venues and properties.

ReDesign (Alexander Huang '15) - ReDesIgn focuses on providing ergonomic and intuitive product innovations to underdeveloped sectors in the home and garden consumer goods industry.

Santa Emilia Estate Coffee (Hans Homberger M'14) - Santa Emilia Estate Coffee seeks to promote craftsman and eco-friendly premium coffee from Central America in the U.S.

Si devices (@Sidevices) (Jon Morgan M'14, Michael Audi and Stephen Hansen) - Si devices monitors, manages, and optimizes your energy consumption, cutting costs and maximizing profits.

Snapparent (@snapparent) (Niket Anjaria M'13) - Snapparent is the next step in online parent groups. Snapparent allows you to easily connect with other parents in your town and exchange advice, recommendations, buy & sell things and find fun events for your children.

Superego Clothiers (@_superego) (James He M'14) - Superego Clothiers is the premier social marketplace for sustainable lifestyle products.


About Babson College

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By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 06/20/2013 07:19