Chambitas, a startup developed by students of EAE Business School, is a finalist in the Babson College Challenge
17 de April de 2020
17 de April de 2020
Thursday 16th May 2020 - Chambitas, the project developed by three students on the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at EAE Business School, Carolina López (Colombia), Deyanira Fernández (Peru) and Carlos Obregón (Mexico), has been selected as a finalist to take part in the world final of the Babson College Challenge, which will be held in April. Moreover, as regional winners, they will also receive 40 hours of salary to work their business idea and the support of a mentor to help them along the way.
Chambitas consists of a platform that connects event service management companies with people looking to earn some extra income. The main services in these cases are ticket sales, ticket validation at event entrances, attendants and food salespeople. This kind of job usually lasts between a day and a month, depending on the event.
Firstly, young people create a profile with their personal details, skills and previous experience. Meanwhile, the companies register on the online platform and the information of the profile they are need in the search engine. The platform puts the two parties in contact and the company can select and categorize those that they are most and least interested in. The young people selected are notified about the job offer and they can accept or reject it. If they are not interested in the job offer, it is sent to the next person on the list. If they accept the offer, they proceed to the contracting stage.
The group that wins the international final will receive a grant for a two-week trip to Wellesley, Massachusetts (USA) to attend Babson Build, the world’s leading institution in entrepreneurial education. The second prize is a grant for a one-week trip to attend the Babson Build program and a feedback session in person with the prize jury. Lastly, the third prize is a feedback session by Webex with the jury.
The main aim of the Babson College Challenge is to generate a project aligned with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. “The social sphere is extremely important to us and we saw the contest as a perfect opportunity to create a project that helps to leave the world a bit better than we found it”, explained Carlos Obregón, a member of the Chambitas team.
“Our classmate Carlos shared an idea that he had quite a long time ago that focuses on express jobs. For her part, Carolina contributed her experience in startups and the world of hospitality, and I brought my knowledge of the world of banking in Peru to the table”, explained Deyanira Fernández. “Over the course of these 5 months, we have shaped the idea and it has evolved into what it is today” added Carolina López.
In 2018, EAE Business School signed a partnership agreement with Babson College (USA), the world’s leading school in the field of entrepreneurship, according to the rankings of the Financial Times, the specialist journal Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review. This agreement gives EAE students taking the Master in Design Thinking and Customer Experience and the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of one of the most reputable schools in the world. This partnership is possible thanks to the Babson Collaborative program, of which EAE forms part.