Babson Centers and Institutes
With support from generous donors and in partnership with various campus organizations, Babson’s academic centers are designed to provide students with real-life experience to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. Also through our centers and institutes, scholars catalyze, convene, and share leading research.
Dedicated in 1998, The Arthur M. Blank Center
for Entrepreneurship is the nerve center for entrepreneurial activity at Babson. The 6,000-square-foot center was named in honor of Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 (co-founder of The Home Depot) and provides a home for:
Babson launched the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) in 2000. Dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial leadership of women across organizations worldwide, CWEL provides high-impact programs, creates powerful collaborations, and funds and disseminates action research. By connecting students with peers, women faculty, alumnae, and dynamic women business leaders globally, CWEL helps women provide innovative leadership to their organizations and communities.
The Cutler Center is committed to furthering Babson’s innovative and practical approach to finance education and enabling industry practitioners, faculty, and students to collaborate and learn from one another. The center is dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of investments and finance in our global economy and provides programs and resources that enrich student experience, support faculty research, and engage our alumni community. The Cutler Center brings a number of important resources to Babson College, including:
The Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (IFE) is a hub for research, resources, and innovative programming dedicated to entrepreneurial students and their families. Consistent with Babson’s leadership in entrepreneurship education, and unlike any other school, Babson’s commitment to family entrepreneurs recognizes that families, not just family businesses, drive entrepreneurial behavior. This includes the support of multigenerational family businesses, family foundations, startups and acquisitions supported by families, spousal startups, entrepreneurial family members embarking on separate ventures, and many other value-creating family activities.
Founded in July 2010 with a generous grant from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation, the Lewis Institute serves as an integrated, objective, and accessible resource to the Babson community. Through its work, the institute nurtures fruitful collaborations among diverse parties with a shared commitment to making a difference.
Retail and Supply Chain Management is a multidisciplinary undergraduate concentration at Babson College and its goals are to prepare students for retailing and supply chain management; retail intelligence; and management consulting to retailers and their suppliers, service industries, sales and product management for consumer products, and family-owned retail enterprises.
The Sorenson Center for the Arts expands and enhances the presence of arts and culture on Babson’s campus. BabsonARTS presents a diverse array of programming in theater, dance, music, film, video, literary art, and visual arts for on-campus audiences and the general public. Visiting artists act as resources in improving intellectual and creative activity within the Babson community and in the surrounding area. The Sorenson Center also supports the creative and performing experiences of student organizations while offering field-based learning opportunities for students working within business and liberal arts curricula.
The Weissman Foundry at Babson College is a cutting-edge studio dedicated to fostering creative and collaborative projects led by a community of Babson, Olin, and Wellesley college students.
The Foundry’s intentional mashup of student disciplines and interests ignites forward-thinking idea exploration, iteration, and design and facilitates meaningful knowledge transfer between its community members.
The 10,000 square foot studio includes areas for project work, large and small. The Foundry offers workbenches, access to advanced fabrication equipment, traditional tools, robotics, AR/VR, and sought-after connections to expertise and training.
The Weissman Foundry was named in honor of devoted Babson alumnus and trustee Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87 ’90 and his wife Janet Weissman P’87 ’90.