Babson College women entrepreneur accelerator to open applications for new program in Miami; supported by Knight Foundation, Women Innovation & Technology (WIT), and Wyncode Academy

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Babson College, the world leader in entrepreneurship education, will host a launch party for its newly expanded Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab accelerator program in Miami on March 31, 2016. The expansion has been made possible through funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 
Babson’s WIN Lab is a first-of-its-kind program designed to help women entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. The program connects women entrepreneurs to a wide range of experts for guidance. It also provides access to strategic networks and co-working space enabling participants to build on their ideas and expand their ventures.

Learn more about the recent launch of Babson’s WIN Lab in Miami »

At the WIN Lab’s first public event in Miami, attendees will learn more about the program, how to apply, and will hear about the accelerator’s goals to help grow the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The party will feature a keynote from Mary Biggins, Co-Founder of ClassPass and MealPass, and will showcase additional entrepreneurs from the community, including Julia Ford-Carther, Co-Founder of Bammies; Jessica Do, Founder of PalmPress; and Isabella Acker, Founder of Curator of Culture.

New partners of WIN Lab Miami include Women Innovation & Technology (WIT) – a track within Miami’s homegrown technology conference, eMerge Americas, helping to propel innovation and investment in South Florida and Latin America, as well as Wyncode Academy – a coding boot camp which will be offering additional benefits to women selected to participate in the program. Wyncode Academy Co-founder Johanna Mikkola will serve as anEntrepreneur-in-Residence for WIN Lab Miami, and will speak at the event.

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 
              6 – 8 p.m.

WhereThe Light Box 
               404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 

Event is free but registration is required »

Babson’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College launched the WIN Lab in Boston in October 2013 to build on the institution’s leadership in advancing women-led entrepreneurship. In just over two years, the WIN Lab has produced positive outcomes for more than 63 participants and has been recognized by several organizations. It 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.

For more information about the WIN Lab, visit www.babson.edu/WINLab.

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.

Support for Babson’s WIN Lab Miami is a part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to invest in Miami’s emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a tool to build community, while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. During the past three years, Knight has made more than 100 investments in entrepreneurship in South Florida.

About Women Innovation & Technology (WIT)

Women Innovation & Technology (WIT) is a one-day summit as a part of the eMerge Americas technology conference, complete with experiential programming, networking opportunities, an Innovative Fashion Show, and much more. Top professionals from different industries discuss how they are transforming the business landscape through technology and innovation. The WIT platform is designed to highlight the power of creativity, entrepreneurship, and disruptive thinking.

About Wyncode Academy

Wyncode Academy is South Florida’s first bricks-and -mortar coding academy and the first coding boot camp accredited by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education. Wyncode believes in a disruptive education model that is not based on offering certificates but rather the flexibility of being independent and constantly improving our offering to provide a learning experience unlike any other. ​

By Brianna DiPietro, bdipietro@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 03/22/2016 03:00