About Summer Venture Program

The Summer Venture Program is a 10-week intensive designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures. Entrepreneurs are provided work space, professional advisors, expert speakers, various other resources, and a Summer Venture Showcase at the end of the program with investors, service providers, members of the Babson and local startup communities in attendance. Teams are hand-chosen based on a written application, interviews, and their ability to make the best use of the SVP community and resources. In 2017, the Summer Venture Program will take place in a downtown Boston workspace in order to maximize connections.


  • Student applicants must be currently enrolled at Babson/Olin Engineering/Wellesley College.
  • All student applicants looking to apply to the Summer Venture Program must be in good disciplinary standing with Babson College and the community. The Blank Center staff reserves the right to request information from the Office of Community Standards to confirm that this is the case and may disqualify any applicant who does not meet this requirement.
  • Applicants must be able to commit full time effort to their venture and the SVP Community during the 10 weeks. Participants must be present for all core work hours: Monday - Thursday, 12:30-4:30pm at Workbar Boston at South Station.
  • Applicants must have a viable business concept that has potential to make significant progress during a 10 week summer intensive.
  • Applicants must be able to attend all weekly meetings (team updates, lunch and learn, Hot Seat, advisor meetings and other sessions).
  • Applicants must prepare for, and participate in, Summer Venture Showcase at the end of the program.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants must agree to sign and abide to a binding participant agreement that confirms that the resources being provided are contingent upon the applicant's commitment to the SVP Community and active, full-length participation in the program by every member of the team. The SVP Director has the right to dismiss a team from the program at any time if the team is not meeting the requirements in the signed commitment of participation.

2017 Summer Venture Program Key Dates 

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 5pm EST in Olin 101: Summer Venture Program info session 1 
  • Friday, February 24 at 12pm EST: Early application deadline 
  • Friday, March 3: Early application notification (by end of day)
  • Friday, March 10: Early application interviews (by invitation)
  • Friday, March 17: Early application final notification (by end of day)
  • Tuesday, March 28 at 1pm EST in Blank Center Televideo Room: Summer Venture Program info session 2
  • Friday, March 31 at 12pm EST: Regular application deadline 
  • Friday, April 7: Regular application notification (by end of day)
  • Friday, April 14: Regular application interviews (by invitation)
  • Tuesday, April 18: Regular application final notification (by end of day)
  • Monday, April 24 at 5pm EST: Meet-n-greet (accepted applicants and SVP alumni)
  • Monday, May 22: Move-in
  • Monday, May 22: Orientation
  • Tuesday, May 23: Program start
  • Thursday, July 27: Summer Venture Showcase Wellesley
  • Friday, July 28: Program end
  • Saturday, July 29: Move-out

International Students

Do you want to apply to the Summer Venture Program? Engaging in employment (including self-employment and some entrepreneurial activities) without specific authorization is a serious violation of F-1 student/J-1 exchange visitor immigration status. While many entrepreneurial activities (such as research, feasibility studies, and business planning) are permissible, activities that directly result in income generation are not allowed without the proper authorization. Babson strongly advises all international students to seek independent professional legal advice from an attorney who practices immigration law exclusively (in addition to any other legal counsel) to avoid accidentally engaging in unlawful activities. Contact the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education for information about immigration attorneys and for work authorization guidelines.