Schedules and Deadlines

Babson graduate students, undergraduate students and alumni will compete for $75,000 in cash prizes plus "services in kind" donations from corporate sponsors in the 2015 B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge.

Applicants will compete for prizes by demonstrating success in achieving major milestones through taking action.

January 20, 2015 at 9am EST
Faculty sponsor form opens on submission site

February 4, 2015 at 5pm EST
B.E.T.A. Challenge Info Session

February 6, 2015 at 5pm EST
Faculty sponsor deadline (undergraduate and graduate applicants only) - faculty sponsor information must be successfully entered through the submission site. This is optional for alumni applicants. For more information, please view the “Eligibility & Guidelines.”

February 9, 2015 at 9am EST
Business deliverables (executive summary and slide deck) may be uploaded through submission site starting on this date

March 2, 2015 at 5pm EST
Business Registration & Submission deadline – two documents (executive summary and slide deck) must be successfully uploaded through the submission site. A confirmation from the submission site must be received in order for the submission to be considered for the B.E.T.A. Challenge. For more information, please view the “Eligibility & Guidelines.”

March 5-19, 2015
Alumni evaluators review and score submitted materials on-line. Several groups of Babson College alumni evaluators will review each submission, and assign a numeric score to each. The numeric scores from all evaluators will then be tabulated and the top applicants at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels will be selected based on the highest average score.

March 23-27, 2015
Selected faculty will review the top applicants at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels and will narrow down to the top six semifinalists.

March 30, 2015
Semifinalists announced

April 3, 2015 at 5pm EST
Semifinalists deadline – all semifinalists' materials due: signed audio visual release form, update document and completed questionnaire provided by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. All materials must be submitted to Antonette Ho at by 5pm EST (no exceptions made)

April 8 2015
Venture Expo (B.E.T.A. Challenge Semifinals) beginning at 4:30pm EST – Semifinalists will be given an opportunity to interact with community members. Each semifinalist will get a “booth” to use at their own discretion. Community members will be able to vote which company they would like to see participate in the finalist round. Semifinalists will deliver a 60 second elevator pitch to a panel of judges. Judges will determine the three finalists at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels who will present at the finals on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

April 10, 2015
Finalists announced

April 14, 2015 at 5pm EST
Finalists deadline – Final PowerPoint Presentation Slides must be submitted to Antonette Ho at by 5pm EST (no exceptions will be made).

April 16, 2015
B.E.T.A. Challenge Finals - Finalists presentations to panel of judges - judges will determine the winner of the competitions. All finalists will present a 60-second pitch at the awards celebration where the winners will be announced.