Babson College has launched the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab business accelerator - the first of its kind - designed specifically to support women entrepreneurs in their startup and early-stage ventures.
Developed by Babson's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), in partnership with serial entrepreneur, Sharon Kan, the WIN Lab offers Babson women entrepreneurs ─ undergraduates, graduates and alumnae ─ the road map, expertise, inspiration, and community they need to successfully reach their entrepreneurial goals.
"From our research, we know that there are more than 126 million women entrepreneurs active around the world," said Babson President Kerry Healey. "Yet more can and must be done to help women further grow their businesses. Babson's WIN Lab is designed to do just that. This first-of-its kind incubator will help women entrepreneurs build new collaborations, develop their entrepreneurial abilities, and access the resources necessary to both expand their businesses and create much-needed jobs."
The WIN Lab is a residency program that meets weekly throughout the school year.
• Series I -- September-December -- will focus on pushing boundaries as entrepreneurs in order to develop market-ready prototypes.
• Series II -- January-April -- will help shape an entrepreneurial team and develop a launch and funding strategy.
WIN Lab entrepreneurs will:
• Explore the topics necessary to build strong functional knowledge and skills to navigate their entrepreneurial paths.
• Learn from accomplished entrepreneurs and Babson's coaching team - including Sharon Kan, Chief Visionary Officer; Susan Duffy, Chief Learning Officer and CWEL's Executive Director; and Heatherjean MacNeil, Chief Operations Officer and CWEL's Program Director.
• Deliver monthly updates and pitch their entrepreneurial ventures to WIN Lab peers and to special guest entrepreneurs, angel investors and others with links to potential funding sources.
The WIN Lab Experience includes: