Over $30K in Prizes for Babson Startups!

5 Reasons to create a Startup Rounds profile

BEC Application Deadline: January 27th at 5 PM

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1) Over $30,000 in Prizes: The prize pool consists of $20,000 in cash, + $10,000 in legal resources (Pepper Hamilton and Pierce Atwood), + Real-Estate Consulting (VP of Colliers International, Boston), + Bostinno press, + Mass Challenge Opportunities, + Rough Draft Venture Opportunities (Meet with partners and raise up to $25K).

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2) Support Babson Startups:  We are a Babson startup looking to help other startups.  By signing up, you are supporting us and the entire mission. We really appreciate your participation!

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3) The Final Event: The Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center is an incredible venue for the final pitch event and awards ceremony, and is sure to draw a crowd worthy of hearing your pitch. The event is on February 27th 5-9 PM.  You won’t want to miss it. Get your tickets now at EventbriteNERD Center

4) Build your Online Presence: Startup Rounds is geared to promote your startup. You can create an awesome profile, and build inbound links to your website. While we would love to incorporate crowd-funding, currently the focus is on the crowd-sourced business contest.  There can be huge benefit through engaging with everyone else’s network since supporters will be encouraged to vote for (up to) 3 startups to increase their “mentor status”, and weight (value) of vote.

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5) Opportunities and Networking: There will be an esteemed judge panel composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, attorneys, and investors.  It will be a great way to make connections and create opportunities.  Even if your startup doesn’t place, it still could lead to powerful connections and resources down the road.

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Boston Entrepreneurship Mixer

This past Sunday, Babson was proud to partner with Harvard, MIT, and Boston College to participate in the first of many Entrepreneurship Mixers.  We met at John Harvard’s Brewery for a fun night of networking and socializing.  Enjoy these pictures from the event, and stay tuned for more Boston area Entrepreneurship Mixers!IMG_6957 IMG_6959 IMG_6960 IMG_6961 IMG_6963 IMG_6966 IMG_6968 IMG_6969

Startup Rounds: Accepting Applications

The Babson Entrepreneurship Club (BEC) announces the launch of Startup Rounds, an innovative business contest for Babson startups.  Paul Hammond, BEC Co-president and founder at Startup Rounds says, ”The BEC has worked really hard to put this together, and we are really excited to see what Babson entrepreneurs bring to the table.”

Startup RoundsStartup Rounds is now open for applications (you must have an account and be logged in), welcoming Babson undergraduates, graduates, and alumni startups with less then $1 million in revenue in the last year. The contest consists of four 1-week rounds where startups who gain the most support from their networks and other visitors will advance through the series of rounds.  This is a great way for startups to prove traction.

The finalists will be invited to pitch in front of an expert judge panel with opportunities to win cash prizes and resources.  The BEC is continuing it’s efforts to seek out sponsorships and endorsements for the contest.  Currently, the prize pool consists of $3K in seed funding, $5K in legal resources, an invite to pitch to Rough Draft ventures for investment, and other opportunities to participate in the 2014 Mass Challenge competition.

We hope to see your startup as a contender in the first BEC Startup Rounds.  Read more on the Babson Blog.

Startup Marketing Panel

Startup Marketing Event

On Feburary 6, 2013, the Babson Entrepreneurship Club and the Babson Marketing
Club collaborated to bring a panel of six successful entrepreneurs to talk about their
own insights into startup marketing. The event was appropriately called “Startup
Marketing” and featured:

Paul Benson,
President, Synapse SEM
http://www.synapsesem.com/

Ross Beyeler,
Founder, Growth Spark
http://www.growthspark.com/

John Goscha,
Founder, IdeaPaint/Lucidity
http://www.ideapaint.com/

Derek Ohly,
Founder/CEO, Zyrra
http://www.zyrra.com/

Dan Marques,
Co-Founder/VP of Marketing & Analytics, Gemvara
Currently leads eCommerce Marketing, Reebok
http://www.gemvara.com/

Tarik Mughisuddin
Director of Sales and Marketing, SideWalk Ad
http://sidewalkad.com/

35-40 people congregated in the Needham-Wellesley Room, where the panel was
moderated by Professor Joe Pons. The first hour was spent in a panel format – the speakers gave
an overview of their companies and some of their early marketing strategies. In the
second hour, attendees were able to engage more directly with the speakers in small
groups of 5-8, giving them an opportunity to ask their own questions.

Idea Jam Kickoff: Design Thinking For Opportunity ID

The other week, Brian Matt, Babson MBA Student and CEO of Altitude Inc, kicked off Babson Eclub’s Ideation series. Ideation is a process that allows entrepreneurs to identify new opportunities by participating in a number of exercises that funnel from broad idea to product prototype all in a few minutes. We have more Idea Jam sessions in the works so keep posted.