Jobs, Profits & Compassion: Momba, a 21st Century Business

By Heather Duque 

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What we’re trying to do

Before Steven and I knew that we would start Momba, like a lot of new couples, we had a lot of long discussions about our lifetime goals. We also talked a lot about the challenges young people face in today’s economic environment and potential solutions to move our country forward. Our beliefs and goals — and so, the company we’ve started — have a lot to do with who we are and how we were raised.

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Where we’re coming from

We both come from families where dreaming big was encouraged and hard work was practiced. Steven and I are both extremely hard workers, and we believe that, with enough hard work, anything is possible for us to achieve.

We also come from families where compassion for others was encouraged. My grandmother, a young girl during the Depression, told me that her mother always gave food to hungry women and men who asked her for help, knowing what it was like to be in need herself. Continue reading

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

What Drew Me to Momba

By Laura Monti

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. 

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What’s Missing in College: Mom

By Curt Owen

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

Introducing the First Momba Student Entrepreneurs

The Momba Student Entrepreneur Program

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.

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