Summer Venture Program

A 10-week intensive experience designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures.

The Summer Venture Program (SVP) is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. Each year approximately 15 teams are chosen among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson College, F.W. Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College.

Teams receive free housing, 24/7 workspace downtown, dedicated advisors, expert speakers/mentors, and world-class programming that leverage the resources of the Blank Center. As teams work to build their businesses, they make invaluable connections to potential customers, partners, investors, and industry influencers. At the culmination of the program, teams present at the Summer Venture Showcase to an audience of over 400 members of the Babson and local startup communities. Although the value of a transformative experience on an entrepreneur is priceless, each Babson Summer Venture team receives services with a market value of at least $200K.

Participants form lifelong bonds with their fellow entrepreneurs, and after the program, they join a powerful network of hundreds of SVP alumni that span over a decade.

The Leader

BostInno 50 on Fire Winner & Inno Blazer

Since its inception in 2009, the Summer Venture Program has influenced the lives of over 200 student entrepreneurs. Notable past ventures include DARTdrones, DetraPel, Mighty Well, Think Board, and Virool. Babson is recognized nationally as the No. 1 leader in entrepreneurship for 24 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, and the Summer Venture Program is recognized regionally as the category winner for education 50 on Fire by BostInno. Embracing Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&ATM) ourselves, the program has been finely honed over the course of 10 years, and today represents the best of entrepreneurship education.

2018 Silver Sponsors

Pierce Atwood LLP 

At Pierce Atwood LLP, we help entrepreneurs and start-ups as they grow into profitable businesses. Our Catalyst Program is designed to get an idea off the ground, protect intellectual property, access funding, and address basic legal requirements. We welcome clients with creative ideas and disruptive new technologies, and tailor our legal services to their specific needs, and offer flexible fee arrangements. Our Catalyst attorneys are experienced business advisers who know the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead and help clients prepare for them. You have a passion for what you do. So do we.​​

Samuel Goldstein & Co. is a multi-generational CPA and advisory firm that collaborates with clients spanning from incubators and entrepreneurs to small and mid-size established business owners. The firm helps young executives with start-up strategies, including back-office accounting support, cash flow management, tax strategies and financial reporting and counsel seasoned owners with financial decisions, profit enhancement and succession planning. Samuel Goldstein & Co. works to help create a successful business and achieve the proper work life balance.

“The Summer Venture Program made a huge impact on both my business and my development as an entrepreneur. The learnings I gained from other people's businesses, experiences, systems, tools and processes, were all very valuable.”

– Braeden Ruud MSEL'16

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 Contact

For more information, contact Antonette Ho at aho1@babson.edu. ​​​​​​​​