WELLESLEY, Mass., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nine entrepreneur finalists have been selected to compete for more than $100,000 in cash and services in the final round of Babson’s 2013 Entrepreneurial Thought And Action® (B.E.T.A.) Challenge, taking place Thursday, April 11th at Babson College.
*88 Acres – 88 Acres is a healthy snack food company that manufactures delicious, simple granola bars in a dedicated allergen free facility. http://88-acres.com/ 
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* AfterDark Technologies – AfterDark Technologies is creating an immersive nighttime experience for team sports, including Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football.
* Parlor Skis – Parlor handcrafts skis for New England Skiers, customizing each ski to elevate the customer’s on-snow experience. http://parlorskis.com/ 
* College Outside – College Outside is a community-based online media company that brings outing clubs across the country together while connecting outdoor brands to these outdoor oriented students. http://www.collegeoutside.com/ 
* Moratic – Moratic is company set up to import, distribute, market, design, and contract out production abroad for Moratic branded Dokha tobacco (our flagship product), handmade designer pipes, and electronic hookahs of the highest quality at a low and affordable price. http://www.moratic.com/
* OrangeOctop.us – OrangeOctop.us is a premier strategy guide provider. http://orangeoctop.us/ 
* House Bear Brewing – House Bear Brewing, a winery, crafts the nectar of bees into an exceptional mead. http://www.housebearbrewing.com/ 
* MandaSeguro – MandaSeguro redefines the remittances business model by enabling the aid sent by Hispanics in the U.S. to their home countries, at no cost to sender or receiver, in a safe, reliable, and innovative way.
About the Competition
Winners in three categories – alumni, undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs – will each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash and “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors. In addition, $2,500 will be awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions.
The B.E.T.A. Challenge is Babson’s ‘alternative’ business plan competition where entrepreneurs must demonstrate success in reaching major milestones achieved through action. It builds on Babson’s branded teaching method–Entrepreneurial Thought & Action or ETA®–and on the idea that entrepreneurs are made, not born. B.E.T.A. challenges entrepreneurs to lead at all stages, levels and types of organizations, and to bring a range of skills to bear on Entrepreneurship of All Kinds.
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