Five WIN Lab seats available to women entrepreneurs in Boston

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Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) announced at their Summer Soiree Boston business owner event that five WIN Lab seats are available for ambitious women entrepreneurs who are seeking to start a business in Boston.

CWEL has partnered with the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development and the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement to support their Women on Main Initiative, which seeks to strengthen the connections among Boston’s women-owned businesses and help Boston’s women business owners succeed and grow. 

"The City's Women on Main Initiative is growing and thriving, and we are so excited about our new partnership with Babson's Center for Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Although one-third of Boston businesses are owned by women, we still don't think that's enough.  We want to grow that number and continue to strengthen the businesses that already exist, because women-owned businesses are not only good for women, they're good for Boston, too,” said Mayor Walsh. 

The CWEL Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is an innovative, yearlong residency program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to think big, be bold and launch thriving companies. This unique program, which is typically open to Babson students and alumni only, has opened up its door to welcome five non-Babson affiliated entrepreneurs to support the Women on Main Initiative.

​​The WIN Lab provides entrepreneurs with the road map, expertise, inspiration and community needed to effectively launch ventures. Participants develop entrepreneurial skills through highly collaborative activities. The lab uses creativity, humor and play in a way that ignites entrepreneurial potency. Participants have access to successful, women-entrepreneur facilitators, coaches and speakers who share experiences, challenge assumptions and push boundaries. The WIN Lab meets every Friday with some occasional Saturdays throughout the academic year.

This year, the WIN Lab location has moved to the heart of downtown Boston.  The lab will take place at Workbar on Atlantic Ave.  Workbar is a modern, professionally managed network of shared office space that is home to successful local startups, creative entrepreneurs, independent professionals and enterprise teams. The location will promote productivity and is conveniently located for women entrepreneurs in the city.

Sheila Dillon, Director of the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, emphasized at the Soiree that the city wants to increase the number of women’s businesses in Boston since it helps strengthen the economy.

At the Soiree, Babson College President Kerry Healey, said, “There are so many talented women in Boston who want to start businesses and we want to help you succeed.”

Susan Duffy, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, strongly emphasized that now is the time for women to start a business in Boston where they can make a big difference. 

“The world needs businesses created from feminine energy,” said Duffy. 

Duffy mentioned that research shows that established women entrepreneurs are the happiest people in the country.

“Jump when you’re 60% ready and I assure you that you’re more ready than you think you are!”

The WIN Lab would not be possible without the help of a generation donation from Babson startup, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, a leader in providing safe, chemical-free personal and home products.

Those interested are encouraged to apply online. The deadline is July 31. The lab will kick off in September.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the 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 create economic and social value. 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.

By Lindsey Cunningham,, 781-239-4548 | 07/24/2014 09:40