Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Entrepreneurship Experience at Babson College

July 10th- August 10th, 2017

Using Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&ATM) methodology as an anchor, 25 rising sophomore Boston-area students, in partnership with Sociedad Latina, took part in this five-week program. Students progressed through discussions, hands-on activities, and site visits that exposed them to the foundations of entrepreneurship, coding, and communications. Students learned, from Boston Public School teachers as well as Babson faculty and staff, how to use technology as an accelerator to activate their ideas and communicate their process.

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Summer Entrepreneurship Experience:

Why Technology:

The Lewis Institute’s Youth Programs seeks to put Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A) in the hands of younger and younger populations with the goal of addressing economic and social issues simultaneously, not sequentially. With the partnership of the Verizon Foundation, the Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Entrepreneurship Experience at Babson College introduced the foundations of entrepreneurship, incubated coding and technology skills, and cultivated communication strategies. Students engaged their communities to develop ventures that address real-world needs. With a blend of formal lessons, classroom discussion, hands-on activities, and networking, students were empowered to build their own futures grounded in their passions, while creating the change they wanted to see in their communities and the world. Students walked away with a digital portfolio showcasing the skills and abilities gained throughout the program that can be used in college applications and career pursuits.

The Experience:

During this five-week program, rising sophomores experienced a project-based classroom content delivered by Babson College and Boston Public School teachers. To supplement this content, students were engaged many learning environments including the Babson College Boston campus, community based organizations, and local businesses. Students were given appropriate technology and online access to apply the content to their own ideas. Throughout the program, students and educations were exposed to a variety of topics such as Social Innovation for Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, Pivoting and Receiving Feedback, Coding with Platform Marketing, and Culture Building. 

Students worked in teams throughout the program in partnership with community organizations. Using their entrepreneurial lens, young leaders identified a need within the community and developed a venture idea to address that need. They then used their foundational technology skills to strategize and build a prototype. Along with their peers, students had the opportunity to share their process in using entrepreneurial thinking, technology, and communication to address needs and communicate value.  

The Culmination:

At the end of the experience, the students pitched their new ventures to the community and a panel of experts. This took place on August 10th from 10am-2pm at Babson Boston, 100 High Street Boston, MA. The closing event was an exciting time for the youth to showcase their learning and for the community to be inspired by young minds at work. For more information, please contact Katie Rosario.

Our Partners:

Verizon Foundation:
Verizon, through our Verizon Innovative Learning initiative, brings free technology, free access and immersive hands-on learning opportunities to kids in underserved schools and communities, inspiring tomorrow’s creators to use technology to build brighter futures for themselves, their families, and the world.

Sociedad Latina:
Established in 1968, Sociedad Latina is a citywide organization that focuses on supporting the unmet needs of youth and families from Boston neighborhoods. Each year, Sociedad Latina serves more than 4,000 youth and adults. One thousand of those youth, aged 11-21, engage intensively with Sociedad Latina through a comprehensive array of programming designed to build skills in four areas identified by their constituents as those most in need of support: education, workforce development, civic engagement, and arts & culture.