Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs™
In 1978, Babson College, established the world’s first entrepreneurship “hall of fame,” the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
Since its inception, the academy has recognized and honored entrepreneurs who have contributed significantly to the development of free enterprise throughout the world.
Nominees of world-class entrepreneurs who have created great economic and social value are solicited from the Babson community as well as from outside the institution. Over the years, Babson has celebrated entrepreneurs of all kinds as illustrated by the impressive list of inductees. Collectively, the 96 members of the academy have created millions of jobs and improved societies around the globe.
Many of the most successful and visible entrepreneurs in the world are members of the academy. They represent companies that are some of the most highly regarded in their industry and household icons in their culture. These members have capitalized on the need for change, accepted the associated risk and responsibility, and made an impact on the world. The energy and innovation embodied by these individuals will be appreciated and applauded for many generations to come.