The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp Alumni PANEL: Challenges of Building a Business



The share of younger companies in the United States - less than one year old - has been steadily declining over the last generation. How are entrepreneurs thriving in an environment less friendly to new businesses?
Join us for a 45 minute interactive with Angelo Santinelli, faculty director of The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp, and a panel of alumni of the program who have moved on to start and sustain their own successful businesses.

About the Presenters

Angelo Santinelli, Faculty Director, Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp (Moderator) 

A former startup executive and venture capitalist, Mr. Santinelli is an experienced leader and innovator in creating business strategy, marketing and delivering results. His more than 25 years of business experience covers a broad range of disciplines and management responsibilities. He is the founder of Dakin Management, a strategy consultancy and advisor to small businesses. Mr. Santinelli has been an adjunct professor in the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College since 2007. He is a graduate of Fordham University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Read More about Angelo.

Emily Levy, CEO & Co-Founder, Mighty Well

A recent graduate of Babson College, Class of 2016, with a concentration in Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design (TED). Emily is passionate about advocating the patient perspective for chronic illness patients and women’s entrepreneurial leadership. She suffers from Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and Co-Infections. Even with the challenges of chronic illness Emily has been able to turn her negative diagnosis into a positive one by creating Mighty Well (formerly PICCPerfect); a social for-profit business that creates stylish and functional medical accessories for patients. In her own words, “I don't want to just be well, I want to #LiveMightyWell!” Read more about Emily.

Nate Lawrie, CEO, Brazyn Life

In 2015 Nate launched a new business called Brazyn Life. Brazyn Life is dedicated to helping people achieve their fitness and health goals through innovative, high-quality, and travel-ready recovery & fitness tools.  Their launch product is The Morph Collapsible Foam Roller.  Their goal is to make The Morph product the new standard in foam rolling. Read More about Nate

Jake Petrovic, Partner, Novo Capital LLC

Jake is a serial entrepreneur focused on hospitality & logistics. He is managing partner at Novo Capital, LLC and owner of Pub by Novo ( ) , Burger & Bowl, Novo Dolce (, Next Door Lounge, and online ordering platform .

He is also partner with LKNet, a software startup based in former Yugoslavia and is working with them on building Zpatch360, a next generation logistics platform. Prior to that he worked with, a 500 Startups backed SaaS for transportation industry. In addition, he co-founded a non-asset based transportation company and grew it from $0-$10MM in revenue.

 Jake holds MBA from Florida Atlantic University and has completed Exec. Education at Wharton and Babson.  

This learning session serves as a preview of some of the content explored in our open enrollment program The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp: A Deep Dive for New Ventures.