Summer Venture Program
David is an entrepreneur and angel investor and joins Babson as Director of the Summer Venture Program, Babson’s world-renowned 10 week startup accelerator. David is also currently an EiR at Harvard Business School, Executive Chair at Feelter, and Co-founder of PersonalVC. David has held product and marketing roles at five Boston-based startups that were acquired. He previously led the PayPal Boston office and co-founded the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, he held roles at TripAdvisor (IAC), m-Qube (Verisign), edocs (Siebel), SnapMyLife (Exclaim Mobility), and Goldman Sachs.
As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 40 angel investments in early-stage startups. Recent awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, BostInno’s 50 on Fire: Investment Winner / Tech Finalist, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year. David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Marcia L. Cole
Assistant Director of Special Projects
GEM Global and GEM USA
Marcia Cole works closely with the leaders and the members of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Consortium in the US and overseas. Marcia manages the GEM website (www.gemconsortium.org), the GEM publications, the GEM Organizational Meetings along with routine daily operations. She has been employed at Babson College since 1995. Marcia has Bachelor’s in Literature from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College.
Valerie Duffy, Assistant Director of the STEP Project has been at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College since September 2004. She was engaged in several different responsibilities for the Entrepreneurship Division team including administrative assistant, teaching case coordinator, and budget coordinator. In January 2010, she assumed responsibility for the college-wide case-writing/production initiative. As Manager of the Babson Faculty Pedagogical Fund (BFPF) and Babson Teaching Center, she created, developed, implemented, and oversaw all of the operational activities of new initiatives at Babson to encourage and facilitate the development of new pedagogical materials. Val has her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts.
As Assistant Director of Entrepreneur Programs, Antonette is responsible for designing and implementing Babson's signature entrepreneurship events (Rocket Pitch, B.E.T.A. Challenge, Summer Venture Showcase), marketing, communications and programming for student and alumni entrepreneurs through the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad. Antonette graduated from Babson in December 2006 and was recipient of the Allison Carroll Global Leadership Award in 2006. While studying, Antonette was a student employee for the Blank Center. Prior to returning to Babson, Antonette worked in Shanghai and London managing events.
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
As the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Debi works with students, alumni, and faculty, as well as the broader entrepreneurial community, to create greater success and understanding of the practice of entrepreneurship. She directly oversees the BCERC Conference, STEP, GEM, the Butler Launch Pad and all special entrepreneur programs and events associated with the Blank Center. Before coming to Babson, Debi was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President at Havas Media and has mentored entrepreneurs at MassChallenge, Harvard's iLab and TechStars Boston. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad
In her current role as Associate Director of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad, Cindy manages the mentoring of student entrepreneurs. Cindy joined Babson’s Graduate School Center for Career Development in 2004, most recently working as Associate Director with students interested in technology, life sciences, energy and entrepreneurial careers. Cindy is an MBA from Babson College’s two year MBA program where she went through the Entrepreneurship Intensity Track (EIT) and co-launched AdvantageNet, Inc., a business and career management consulting firm. Prior to Babson, Cindy held several positions of increasing responsibility in the financial services and communications industries. She earned her B.S. in Accounting at University of Delaware, an MBA with honors from Babson College and is a former CPA.
Debbie Kudish is the Program Assistant for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference(BCERC). Prior to joining Babson, she supported all aspect of social events at the Helen Keller Elementary school and has a background in marketing events for various tradeshow companies. Debbie holds a BS in Business Management from Roger Williams University.
Nancy McCarthyAdministrative Coordinator/Executive Assistant
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
Nancy provides administrative assistance and facilities management to the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.. In her role directly supporting the Executive Director of the Blank Center, she is responsible for providing logistical and budgetary support, and assists in the efficient implementation of the The John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad and other entrepreneurial programs and events.
Before joining the Babson team in the spring of 2015, she worked in interior design and previously was the Director of the Boston University Corporate Education Center. She earned her BS from the State University College at Oneonta, New York, with degrees in Psychology and Business/Economics.
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Georgia has been with Babson College since 1987 and was the Program Coordinator for the Babson Entrepreneurial Exchange and the Administrator for the Babson Entrepreneurial Review until April 2001. From 1991 to 2001, she also coordinated Babson's business plan competitions for both undergraduate and graduate students.
In 2001, Georgia assumed the role of Program Coordinator for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, (BCERC) and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. BCERC is an annual international conference and premier scholarly forum for entrepreneurial research. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, published every year, contains the proceedings of the conference and is the most comprehensive collection of empirical research papers on entrepreneurship.
Patrick is the Division Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Division. He joined the team in September 2014. He provides administrative support to the Division Chair and is responsible for the logistics of various faculty, staffing, and scheduling matters.
Patrick is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America and most recently worked in the Operations Division at Georgetown University.
Susan Sutherland supports the Successful Transgenerational Entreprenership Practices program. Prior to joining Babson, she provided print and electronic visual design services to organizations including many in the non-profit sector. Susan holds a BS in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from Northeastern University.