Kerry Healy - President, Babson College
Babson College is again pleased to host the 2015 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). Since its founding 35 years ago, BCERC has been the largest and most significant contributor of intellectual input to the field of entrepreneurship pedagogy and practice. Now more than ever, entrepreneurship is at the forefront of addressing and solving the world’s social and economic problems in myriad ways—and policymakers, as well as teachers and scholars, have become reliant on the advances in research and their potential impacts.
The agenda of this year’s conference demonstrates why it continues to be the leading forum for sharing significant and timely new contributions in the field of entrepreneurship and for promoting new areas of research. I hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s conference, and know that you will find it an event well worth attending.
Zach Zacharakis - BCERC Director
As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), I would like to recognize the visionaries and pioneers of the Babson Conference on Entrepreneurship Research as they are the ones who inaugurated the first BCERC in June 1981 at Babson College: Babson President Emeritus Ralph Sorenson and Babson professors Robert Ronstadt and John A. Hornaday. Professor Karl H. Vesper, University of Washington, was instrumental in organizing the first BCERC, which was built on a similar 1980 conference at Baylor University.
Our directors were forerunners and champions of entrepreneurship research. We honor William D. Bygrave, Neil C. Churchill, John A. Hornaday, Bruce A. Kirchhoff, Paul D. Reynolds, Robert Ronstadt, Jeffry A. Timmons, Karl H. Vesper, and Shaker A. Zahra for their insight and contributions to BCERC.
We are proud to be celebrating 35 years of entrepreneurship research, and we are honored and excited to welcome scholars from around the globe sharing their entrepreneurial ideas and inspiration.
The 35th BCERC is sure to be energizing, informative, and social, with opportunities to discuss the latest research in entrepreneurship with leading and enthusiastic academics. We look forward to great presentations from and encouraging dialog among top researchers.
I am pleased to have professors Candida Brush, and Andrew Corbett as co-directors of the Doctoral Consortium Program. Together they have prepared an exceptional program for our doctoral students.
As the No. 1 leader in entrepreneurship for 21 consecutive years, Babson College is globally recognized for our one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A) methodology that teaches undergraduates, graduates, and executives to balance action, experimentation, and creativity with a deep understanding of business fundamentals and rigorous analysis as the ideal approach to creating economic and social value. Babson College is an independent, not-for-profit institution, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In the 2014-2015 academic year, more than 2,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students representing more than 80 countries attended Babson.
We look forward to seeing you in June and hope you have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful state of Massachusetts and our surrounding New England states.
On behalf of the Arthur M. Blank Center team, it is a privilege to welcome colleagues from around the globe to BCERC 2015. The Center focuses on expanding the practice of entrepreneurship through innovative co-curricular programs and global collaborative research initiatives that inspire and inform Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®. Outside the classroom, students live entrepreneurship through the comprehensive John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program, more than a dozen student-run entrepreneurship organizations and forums, and the Boston-area entrepreneurial ecosystem. May your time here be productive, fulfilling, and fun!
Janet Strimaitis - Executive Director,
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship,