Launch Day: Momba’s first machines at Harvard featured in Forbes

Forbes featured the Momba launch today: “New ‘Momba’ Vending Machines Going Onto Harvard Campus to Promote Safety, Convenience.”

Here’s a snippet:

There’s a large house less than an hour north of Boston where history and innovation are melding into one. Owner Steven Duque is in the two-story, three-car garage attached to the 312-year-old house, wearing a Harvard ball cap and goggles, and using a wood router for the first time. He’s customizing a special vending machine that will be used to make college students’ lives easier and safer.

 

Momba is coming to life.

Created with his wife, Heather, the first of two Momba machines was placed on Harvard’s campus Monday morning in the Quincy House dorm, where Steven lived as a student. Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh also lived in Quincy House in the 1990s, most notably managing the Quincy House Grille and selling burgers to students in the dorm. The second Momba machine will be placed in Harvard Yard, the oldest and center part of campus.

 

The machines hold essentials like toothbrushes, shampoo, phone chargers, red cups and ping pong balls. The basics that can be purchased at a convenience store will be in the vending machines, allowing students to get their needs without needing to leave campus. They’ll be able to pay with cash, debit, credit and campus currency. It’s a way for students to stay safe, clean and empowered. Momba’s looking out for her kids, even after they’ve left home.

[Continue reading on Forbes.com]

The first Momba machine will be placed on campus this afternoon. For a full press release from today’s launch, click here.

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[VIDEO] The Making of a Momba Machine

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Student Entrepreneurship as a Pillar of Higher Education

By Michael Allen

Countless words are written every year about the college experience. From rising costs to new fads, institutions of higher learning are a unique gathering of young, bright, exploratory individuals, unlike anything or anywhere else in our society. Translated into business terms: a gold mine.

But after one year of college, I’ve been attacked with more coupon books, daily deals, and big box college shopping spree nights than I can bear to stand. What the traditional “college kid-targeted” business proposition fails to do is bring any actual improvement to students’ lives. Momba, however, is different, and that’s what drew me to working with the Momba team to help bring her mission to campuses across the country.

At her core, Momba is all about spreading opportunities to students, a refreshingly new idea for a product aimed at university students. While there’s the obvious of making dorm essentials more conveniently available to students (and quality of life improvements that come along with that), Momba separates herself from the pack by offering so much more. Continue reading