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

Momba: Help for Your Transition to College Life

Sometimes, even just finding something you already have in a dorm room can be difficult.

By Josh Frank

College students: we’ve all been there. Tearing our dorm room apart to find our missing gloves, knocking on our neighbor’s door to borrow shampoo or toothpaste when we’re out, or beating ourselves up when we forget to bring back extra white t-shirts while on break. However, there’s now a solution when these minor crises come up—Momba!

Transitioning from somewhere where you have constant access to things you need to somewhere where you don’t can be difficult.

Before attending college at Westfield State University, I grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, where most chain retail stores were within walking distance of my house. Now, I attend a college where the closest CVS is about two miles away.

At times, the transition has been challenging: I didn’t have a car on campus, and didn’t know many people who owned cars. If only a Momba machine was in my freshman dorm building to rely on, many of my freshman year logistical challenges could have been avoided! Continue reading

Better Late Than Never: Momba’s New Year’s Resolutions

By Momba

Momba writes her first “weblog” post!

Hi, kids! Slowly but surely, I’m learning how to “surf the Web” and navigate “social media” with the help of my team, and the most recent addition to my e-arsenal (as I’ve come to call it) is “web-logging” — or, as I’ve been told I should call it, “blogging” (but that’s a nonsense word, so I prefer to spell it out for those who aren’t as keen on the lingo)! So, even though we’re more than a month into 2013 (wowee, time flies!), I want to make a resolution that I think I can boil down into one sentence: we will continue to improve the Momba experience. 

You’re probably asking, “Momba, what do you mean?” Well, dears, here are a few specific ways are trying to improve your experience when you visit a Momba machine: Continue reading

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

By Heather Duque 

Building Sandcastles - Momba - College Vending Machines - Heather Duque

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