Access to Dorm Essentials & Entrepreneurship

By Meghana Vunnamadala

So much is expected of students; between the many commitments we have, there’s little time for more mundane tasks, like getting toiletries or cold medicine. Momba is ingenious—a vending machine that caters specifically to students’ needs, mundane but essential.

Though I grew up in Southern California, I attended Deerfield Academy, a New England prep school. I can still vividly recall the drive from the Bradley International Airport in Hartford to Deerfield; a wave of realization swept over me as I thought: this is the middle of nowhere. I definitely could’ve used a Momba machine back then and, even more so now. Continue reading

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

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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