Babson College Startups Supported In Undergraduate & MBA Hatcheries

Oct 17, 2012, 10:45 ET from Babson College

WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babson College startups are receiving support this fall in Undergraduate and MBA Hatcheries located on Babson's Wellesley campus.

As part of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program, the Hatcheries provide a vibrant atmosphere conducive to sharing ideas and information among student teams, faculty, executives-in-residence and visiting entrepreneurs.

The Hatcheries function like incubators where student entrepreneurs have access to professional and semiprivate workspace to grow their businesses. Student businesses go through an application process before they are selected. Teams are awarded space in the Hatcheries one term at a time.

There is no cost to participate in the Hatcheries but all student businesses are invited to contribute a percentage of their equity position to Babson through our Founder's Fund. This Fund was created by alumni as a "venture capital fund" used to support Babson's mission of providing entrepreneurial education.

Fall 2012 Hatchery Businesses Graduate Students

88 Acres (Robert Dalton M'14 & Nicole Ledoux) - 88 acres provides great-tasting, organic snack food products that are manufactured in a nut and gluten free environment for the health and allergy conscious consumer.

Expressionality (David Blutenthal M'13) - Expressionality is a music app that uses playlist sharing to express musical taste and personality attributes among one's Facebook friend network.

Kichink! (Paul Marquard M'13) - Kichink! is an ecommerce solution that is designed and built to be as simple, intelligent, personal and safe as possible to allow anyone to start selling online in minutes, without upfront investment.

Pioneero (Stephen Foung M'15) - We are a network for creative people of all kinds to join together, to showcase their work, and to grow as "pioneers" of the future.

Taxi Right Now (Sam Garzon M'13) - Taxi Right Now is a real-time taxi reservation mobile app, which allows the user to reserve the closest taxi available with the push of one button.

Vedavoo (Chris Hart M'13 & Scott Hunter M'09) - Vedavoo is an outdoor bag and pack company. Our bags and packs are designed to be cross functional, light weight, and modular.

Undergraduate Students

Bro Co (Andrew Breuninger '13 & Michael D'Ambrosio '13) - Bro Co is a clothing company directed towards a college-aged demographic which offers preppy tees, hats, polos, and select few other products.

Jossle (Han Kim '14, Rotimi Lademo '15, Eric Muli '14 & Daquan Oliver '14) - Jossle is an innovative startup that provides college students with free apparel (tees, hoodies, sneakers, backpacks and more) and an easy way to earn cash by working with companies local and distant that target college students.

Ratifye (Jacob Grover '14, Han Kim '14, Daniel Kimani '14 & Eric Muli '14) - Ratifye is a centralized online rating and review website that enables its users to search and give reviews, opinions and individual ratings on products, services, venues, events, public figures, movies, etc.

Superleaf (Adam Lupo '12, Ken Park '13 & Sharon Tam) - By creating an all natural, delicious and superior quality aloe vera drink, Superleaf strives to make the nutritional and beneficial properties of aloe vera accessible to anyone seeking to achieve an active and healthy lifestyle.

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit

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