By Nancy Dahlberg / [email protected]
A straw that helps detect date rape, advances in breast pump technology, a dinner party in a box. These are products and services in development by just a few of the 17 companies selected by Babson College to participate in the 2017-2018 Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab Miami.
WIN Lab Miami, an eight-month accelerator program entering its second year in the region, aims to catalyze the long-term success of female entrepreneurs by fostering creativity and collaboration, increasing visibility, providing mentorships, identifying branding and marketing tactics, and leveraging funding opportunities and competitions.
Around the world, female entrepreneurship is on the rise. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's 2017 survey of 63 economies, Total Entrepreneurial Activity among women increased by 10 percent in the past two years, and the gender gap (ratio of women to men participating in entrepreneurship) narrowed by 5 percent. WIN Lab seeks to accelerate the trend by offering a supportive rather than a competitive environment of traditional accelerators. It's program is part-time over a longer period to better work with entrepreneurs at their own stages of growth.
“We have selected a group of incredibly impressive women entrepreneurs to join WIN Lab Miami’s next cohort,” said Babson’s WIN Lab Miami Director Carolina Pina (pictured above). “One team won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, some have already made strides as participants of the Idea Center’s CREATE program at Miami Dade College; one has just recently won an American Entrepreneurship Award; and two have been selected to pitch their businesses at the upcoming Demand Solutions competition. We look forward to helping further develop and advance their businesses, and being witness to all of their accomplishments to come.”
WIN Lab's Advisory Board will be chaired by Carol Faber, Partner at Akerman LLP. Faber was recently named one of Real Estate Forum’s 50 Women of Influence in Real Estate, and is also the Chair of Akerman’s Women’s Initiative Network and Co-chair of its Distressed Property Practice Group.
WIN LAB has also named its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence and Investors-In-Residence for the second cohort.
Entrepreneurs-In-Residence are Johanna Mikkola, Co-Founder, Wyncode Academy; RJ Joshi, Co-Founder and COO, Bodhi Tree Asset Management; Silvina Moschini, Co-Founder and CEO, SheWorks!; and Ze’ev Feig MBA’03, CEO, Zensah.
Its Investors-In-Residence are Adam Smith, investor; Blaire Martin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Florida Angel Nexus; and Raul Moas, Managing Director, AGP.
WIN Lab Miami was founded with support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, FedEx, and Akerman LLP, and sponsor HSBC. The Miami program’s inaugural cohort of ‘WINners’ raised nearly $2 million in funding in the first year, WIN Lab said, and celebrated with a grand finale pitch competition in April 2017.
Here are the 2017-2018 Miami WINners (list provided by WIN Lab), which were to be announced Tuesday night at its kickoff event at CIC Miami, where WIN Lab is based.
Maxeme Tuchman, Co-Founder and CEO
Communication and collaboration platform that helps parents, extended family, and mentors read and draw with children when they are not in the same location. Caribu is one of two WINners selected by the Inter-American Development Bank to compete at Demand Solutions. It also won third place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.
Karley Chynces, Founder and CEO
Mobile app that will allow students to buy and sell books and dorm supplies locally.
Leana Loh, Founder and CEO
Add-on ankle strap for high heels and flats to transform shoes from strapless to strappy.
Noreen Gordon Sablotsky, Co-Founder and CEO; Rachael Sablotsky Kish, Co-Founder and COO
Healthcare technology company focused on increasing the efficiency and practicality of breast pumping.
Sonia Hinestrosa, Founder
Education technology company providing critical skills in areas like digital literacy, STEM, leadership, and financial literacy.
Anastasia Mikhalochkina, Founder
Plant-based, biodegradable catering supplies. Lean Orb has also been selected to compete at Demand Solutions this fall.
Luxe Fête Social
Nathalie Anne Cadet-James, Founder
Service company that provides a dinner party in a box.
Jennifer Nicole Hardcastle, Co-Founder
Platform that provides resources and access to all creatives with the tools needed to be successful.
Leyanis Diaz, Co-Founder and CEO
Online marketplace for minority businesses and those who want to support them. Diaz also participated in Miami Dade College Idea Center’s 10-week go-to-market program called CREATE. She recently won an American Entrepreneurship Award.
Jessica Coane, Founder and President
Travel search engine for using miles and points.
Prizm Art Fair, LLC
Mikhaile Solomon, Founder and Director
Cutting-edge art fair that expands the spectrum of exhibiting international artists from Africa, the global African Diaspora, and emerging markets.
Ashley Sebok, Founder and CEO
100 percent natural, organic, handmade hair care system formulated to repair damaged hair, and maintain healthy hair.
Susana Cappello, Victoria Roca, Carolina Baigorri, Co-Founders
Straw that detects the most common date rape drugs, GHB and Ketamine, found in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Cappello, Roca, and Baigorri won this year’s Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track.
Susan Alanna Perry, Founder and CEO
Patient engagement platform that makes healthcare information accessible to all patients regardless of age, language, or literacy levels.
Nicole Tirado, Founder
Tech-infused tea cup that allows users to consume tea hands-free.
Ana Maria Carrano, Co-Founder and CEO
Agile and collaborative transcription platform that allows users to transcribe audio and video content fast, with high accuracy and affordable rates, using machine learning and crowdsourcing.
Madeline Daryadel, Founder and President
Extranet software program featured on venue sites that expedites the search and sales process providing users with an instant reply to an online inquiry.
Massachusetts-based Babson College has also recently announced an expansion of its graduate programs to Miami. The new effort builds on the ongoing success of WIN Lab Miami, as well as its Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program hosted at Miami Dade College, which empowers local small business owners to help their companies grow. The application period for the graduate programs is open and classes are set to begin in Fall 2018.
A scene from an event, shown above, for WIN Lab Miami's first cohort, shown below.
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