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

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.

Follow Momba on Twitter, and like Momba on Facebook.