The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Growth Lab Venture Accelerator
Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Growth Lab provides women entrepreneurs with an inspiring community and a rigorous, experiential process that catalyzes innovative thinking and enables them to successfully scale their businesses.
A New WIN Lab for Fall 2020:
As we navigate the necessities of our new virtual world, the team behind the WIN Lab in Boston and Miami has made the decision to transform our traditional 5-month venture accelerator (the WIN Lab) into a 12-week online experience called the WIN Growth Lab.
The WIN Lab was built in 2013 with the goal of increasing the number of students participating in other entrepreneurship accelerators and competitions at Babson College. Launching a partnership with the City of Boston soon thereafter, the WIN Lab started to become a program for all women-identifying founders, regardless of their affiliation with Babson College, in an effort to expand support for female founders. Iterating each year to make improvements to the program, 2020 marked a new opportunity to take the best of the WIN Lab accelerator and fine-tune it to reach an even broader audience. The result is the WIN Growth Lab.
Launching in 2020 and kicking off in the fall, the WIN Growth Lab is an accelerated program for women-identifying entrepreneurs who have already launched their businesses and are ready for growth. Consolidating the most applicable content, milestones, and mentor elements of the original WIN Lab, the WIN Growth Lab is a fully virtual, 12-week, venture accelerator for growing companies. This change marks an exciting “next generation” phase of entrepreneurial empowerment of women, reaching a bigger audience, and helping us amplify our impact.
This virtual action tank is designed for early-stage female founders with high growth potential businesses in all sectors. The core program uses Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A) methodology to push founders to test, iterate, and take action towards growth opportunities. The new WIN Growth Lab offers a dual focus on developing the entrepreneur and the enterprise through milestone-driven content, peer forums, one-on-one coaching, and public-platforming opportunities. WINners learn in the Growth Lab, take action in their companies, and then review and iterate on that action with faculty, peers, coaches, and mastermind experts to determine how to move forward.