Momba: A Startup Solution for an Old College Problem

By Yuki Fujita

I first came across Momba a couple of months ago, when my friend liked Momba’s Facebook page. What drew me to their page was their unique name and cute logo. I did additional research, and discovered its mission not only to provide convenience to college students, but also to give back to the school by donating a portion of their profits.

Just like all the college dorms across the country, BU has vending machines in each of the dorms, but they only provide us with junk food and soda. Sure, it’s nice when you get the late night munchies, but what if you need some personal hygiene essentials around 2AM when you’re in desperate need of some toiletries? I faced this dilemma quite a few times. Continue reading

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

Data-driven decisions: finding the right product mix

By Steven Duque

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

The beginning of the beginning

Momba: a different type of business

Momba

By Steven Duque

Momba’s primary mission is to give students the things they need where they live, whenever they need them; a significant portion of our profits will be given to schools’ financial aid programs. And, we plan to offer student social entrepreneurs an opportunity to make good money while making a positive impact on their immediate communities.

A former dirty college kid on financial aid cleans up

Laundry Piling UpOnce upon a time, I was a dirty college kid on financial aid, who was awake at all sorts of weird hours of the day, as my former roommates will attest. Incidentally, I also often exposed myself to a lot of unnecessary danger by wandering campus and neighboring areas, especially when I needed essential items like toiletries and/or clean undergarments (you can probably guess that I wasn’t super religious about doing my laundry).

In my late-night college wanderings, I saw that I wasn’t the only one awake. Whether for studying, partying or just hanging out, people away at school are awake at all hours of the day. Not only that, they also often need things at all hours of the day. Even when it’s daytime, the thought of dropping what you’re doing and leaving your dorm to buy essential items can seem daunting and time-consuming. In the grand scheme of dorm life, taking care of oneself often falls lower and lower on a growing priority list.

And that’s where Momba comes in. Continue reading