May 3 season finale event featured keynote from ZappRX CEO Zoe Barry, a startup showcase, and a pitch competition for $8,000 in cash prizes

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Babson College’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab®—a venture accelerator specifically for women entrepreneurs—hosted a pitch competition on Wednesday, May 3 to showcase its current cohort and celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in the City of Boston.

All were invited to witness three high-potential WIN Lab® participants from Own The Boardoom, Wanderful, and Loveleaf Co. compete for $5,000, $2,500, and $500 in cash prizes, and learn more about WIN Lab entrepreneurs (pdf) as part of an in-event startup showcase. 

Erica Zahka, CEO of Own The Boardroom, came in first place, Beth Santos, CEO of Wanderful, came in second place, and Ally Milligan, CEO of Loveleaf, won the third place prize. 

The event began with a keynote from Zoe Barry—CEO of ZappRx, who was named both to Inc.’s 2015 30 under 30 list, and LinkedIn’s ‘Next Wave Top Professionals 35 & Under’ list. Immediately following, three founders from the program pitched their products and field questions from four esteemed judges:

  • Smaiyra Million—Founder, soaVentures and Operating Partner, Highland Consumer Fund
  • David Chang—Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
  • Sharon Kan—CEO and Co-Founder, Pepperlane
  • Patty Forde—Executive Committee, Women’s Enterprise Initiative and HR Consultant

Light food was served and two local startups—Brazo Fuerte Brewing Company and Kuvee—offered beverages throughout the evening. 

This event was made possible by Gesmer Updegrove and the Women's Enterprise Initiative. The venue was generously donated by Accomplice.

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 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 | 04/19/2017 03:00