I first checked out Momba’s website one sunny day in July. Captivated by the creative graphics and shocking statistics, I dove a little deeper and discovered its mission. After learning that Momba aims to improve college students’ quality of life, I became intrigued. As a rising sophomore at Boston University (BU), the typical hardships of living away from home for the first time were fresh in my memory. I was curious to see how Momba could help me in my upcoming years at BU. The answer: 24/7 best-in-class vending machines. So simple yet so brilliant!
Freshman year flashbacks of when I needed dorm essentials without a way to conveniently get them kicked in. It was 1:54am, and I had finally broken free from the library after an intense 5-hour team meeting for a class presentation due the next day — the only thing standing between Christmas break and me. I trekked back to my dorm in the snow, fantasizing about taking a hot shower, when a thought (other than how the cold it was) sent chills down my spine. I have to wear a suit skirt tomorrow.
Let’s all take a moment to be honest with ourselves. In part, we take the mysterious steps into college because we know we’ll enjoy our new-found freedom and independence. But college is missing one big necessity that helps us get through our days. She goes by the name of “Mom.” Fortunately, there’s Momba to step in and help!
Momba is revolutionizing the college experience by providing students with important items anytime of the day, conveniently and safely, in the comfort of their dorms — something neither convenience stores nor moms can do. I’m joining Momba because its mission is something I truly feel passionately about. Having the opportunity to better students’ quality of life is an offer that is hard to pass up. To do this while developing my professional career is just the opportunity I’m looking for. Continue reading →
Momba Entrepreneurs are a vital part of our mission to improve students’ quality of life. As students, Momba Entrepreneurs work independently – with help from Momba – to learn and develop practical business skills through their efforts to shape and grow Momba’s business. The fruits of their work are making a positive impact on their communities and earning performance-based compensation.
By fostering socially-minded entrepreneurship, Momba aims to help enable a new generation of entrepreneurs who believe it’s possible to generate profit while making a positive social impact. And so, we are proud to introduce you to Momba’s first Student Entrepreneurs. As Momba Entrepreneurs, these exceptional individuals have a passion for both entrepreneurship and social good.
As we near placing the first set of Momba vending machines on university campuses across New England and the northeastern United States, we’re thinking hard about the product selections we make. The limited space within our vending machines to serve our products makes smart inventory selection even more pressing. Most who know me will agree that my natural tendency is to act on my intuition, but experience (including my work at Bullhorn) has taught me that using data to inform our decisions can help us act more wisely and productively than we would without it.
Data-driven decisions and doing the “right” thing
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.” Although Longfellow was likely referring to ethical decisions, the adage applies to the Momba’s approach to identifying the “right” product mix to best serve students’ needs. Rather than shooting first and asking questions later, we conducted a survey last month to help us identify which products we should initially serve in our machines. Continue reading →