JLY has written 21 posts for Launch Soup

Columbia/Wharton startup “Sportaneous” wins White House “Champions of Change” Award

Omar Haroun, MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, and Aaron Royston, MBA candidate at the Wharton School, and their startup Sportaneous were named “Champions of Change” by the White House this week. According to its founders Omar and Aaron Royston Sportaneous is a mobile app that, “…makes it easy for busy people to get physically active … Continue reading

Firms started by Chicago Booth students received $85 million in funding this year

You read that right. In a press release issued by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the school reports that 11 firms raise a combined $85 million in venture capital this year, from firms such as Accel Partners, Sequioa Capital, Benchmark Capital, and Groupon’s venture arm, Lightbank. The new companies range in industry … Continue reading

Darden’s Batten Institute provides $13,000 summer stipend, workspace to aspiring MBA entrepreneurs

Today we read in Charlottesville rag The Daily Progress about UVA-Darden’s summer incubator for MBA entrepreneurs. The Batten Institute provides a $13,000 stipend as well as other support (e.g. speaker series, group discussions) over the summer to students who are starting up their own businesses. The article profiles two entrepreneurs – Jacqueline Wilde, a student with … Continue reading

Apply to be a Springworks Scholar by July 15th, advancing women and minorities in the venture capital community

Springworks, a San-Francisco based non-profit focused on increasing diversity in the venture community, has opened its Scholar applications to students starting business school in the Fall of 2011. Springworks was founded by Kellogg alum, Jorge Calderon, an investment management professional and social impact evangelist. Applications are due by midnight (PDT) on July 15, 2011. Below is … Continue reading

HBS student creates smartphone app to detect malaria

A little while ago we posted about Ginger.io, a mobile app that monitors phone usage behavior, and by transitive property, mental health. Today we learned from Bostinnovation about Harvard Business School student Cy Khormaee and his social enterprise Lifelens, a hardware + software point-of-care solution that can detect the presence malaria using a single drop of blood. … Continue reading

UW students get their helmet cameras on Michael Vick, Peyton Manning

One of my avid ski buddies brought to my attention to this Seattle Times article about Contour, a company that produces HD helmet cameras for athletes. The company was founded by University of Washington Foster School of Business students Marc Barros and Jason Green, because they needed an idea for a business plan competition. So … Continue reading

Wharton venture Warby Parker sells 50,000 pairs of hip, cheap eyewear. Imitators abound.

“It’s great to start a business in business school,” says one of Warby Parker‘s founders, and a Wharton grad. “We had 820 classmates who were our target consumer category, who came from all over the world.” With 50,000 pairs of sunglasses sold, 40 employees, and $1.5 million raised, Warby Parker can be considered a bona … Continue reading

Said Business School joins Columbia, Goldman Sachs Foundation to educate global female entrepreneurs

A blog post from IEDP (we think it stands for “International Executive Development Providers”) reports that Oxford’s Said Business School has partnered with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the 10,000 Women Initiative to educate 88 female entrepreneurs – including earthquake victims – in the Chengdu region of China (yes, in case you were wondering, that … Continue reading

Never Fear MBAs, People Over 35 Launch Majority of Startups

There have been some discouraging facts in the news lately: that only two of Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs of 2011 held MBAs. That high-growth tech businesses are only started by people aged 27 and under. However, today Business Insider reports that: According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, people over the age of 35 made up … Continue reading

Rent The Runway meets high Indian Fashion at Luxemi.com

Today on MBAsocial we spotlight Swapna Chandamuri, co-founder of Luxemi, an e-commerce site where customers can borrow or buy the latest luxury Indian apparel and accessories. Swapna and her business partner (and best friend) Swathi Narra solved their fashion problems by starting a business. Says Swapna in the interview: It started with five wedding invitations in a span of three … Continue reading