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 2014 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 21, 2014 at 9am EST
Faculty sponsor form opens on submission site

February 5, 2014 at 5pm EST
B.E.T.A. Challenge Info Session

February 7, 2014 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 10, 2014 at 9am EST
Business deliverables (executive summary and slide deck) may be uploaded through submission site starting on this date

March 3, 2014 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 6-20, 2014
Alumni evaluators review and score submitted materials on-line. Several groups of 10-12 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 six semifinalists at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels will be selected based on the highest average score.

March 24, 2014
Semifinalists announced

March 28, 2014 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 aho1@babson.edu by 5pm EST (no exceptions made)

April 2, 2014
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 3 finalists at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels who will present at the finals on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

April 4, 2014
Finalists announced

April 8, 2014 at 5pm EST
Finalists deadline – Final PowerPoint Presentation Slides must be submitted to Antonette Ho at aho1@babson.edu by 5pm EST (no exceptions will be made).

April 10, 2014
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.