The Babson Boston Cup
Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy
The Babson Boston Challenge is an afterschool program which meets over 20 hours, requires 10-15 hours of out of class work, and ends in a school competition followed by a regional competition. The program focuses on new venture development and creating economic and social value.
The Babson Boston Cup was created as a way to increase Boston student access to opportunities to practice entrepreneurial skills, including resourcefulness, problem-solving, resilience, self-motivation and more, with the intent that these experiences not only open student eyes to future career opportunities, but also provide a way of thinking that can lead to higher success in their education. In future years, Babson intends to bring this program to public, private, and various secondary school institutions to further a community of entrepreneurial spirit.
Throughout Spring 2014, students from Boston Latin School, Boston College High School, St. John’s Preparatory School, Brookline High School, and the Newman School have worked with Babson faculty, staff, and undergraduate mentors to develop plans to turn their ideas into action. Students have identified problems from their experiences and have gone through the entrepreneurial exercise of recognizing those problems as opportunities and developing sustainable ventures – for profit, not-for-profit or otherwise – to address those opportunities.
The Babson Boston Cup students have access to educational resources that set their afterschool experience apart from their peers’, including Babson faculty, Boston professionals, texts, and mentors.
The Faculty & Mentors
Babson College faculty have been rated A+ by numerous college assessments. In this program, students will have a dedicated faculty member for their program and will be joined by at least one Babson guest faculty member throughout their Academy. Above and beyond the faculty, students have the opportunity to interact with business leaders and guests to help build the students professional networks. Additionally, a Babson student mentor will be available to students for consulting and help through the spring.
Students in the Babson Boston Cup will use a specific version of the Babson From Ideas to Action curriculum tailored specially for this competition. The book includes exercises, casework, and reading designed to enhance the students’ experience throughout their time in the Academy.
At the conclusion of each Academy, two student teams from each school will be chosen to represent their school at the regional competition.
Teams in the regional competition will compete for the Cup and school recognition as the winner. Additional Awards will be granted for an idea that is intended for great community impact, environmental sustainability, and to the team attempting to solve a problem in an innovative way.