Welcome to Babson College's New Cutting-Edge Studio for Student-Led Innovation
On Friday, September 21, with an impressive, new, 10,000-square foot facility in the foreground, Babson College President Kerry Healey welcomed members of the Babson, Olin, and Wellesley college communities to celebrate the opening of the Weissman Foundry.
Boasting areas for project work, large and small, this new creative space provides access to workbenches, advanced fabrication equipment, traditional tools, robotics, AR/VR, and sought-after connections to expertise and training.
It was made for the curious—the entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, and academics alike. Designed as an intentional mashup of student interests, the Weissman Foundry is meant to ignite forward-thinking idea exploration, iteration, and design, and to facilitate meaningful knowledge transfer between the three college communities.
According to President Healey, the Weissman Foundry is a place for learning and hands-on experimentation. Envisioned as a multi-college workshop that will enhance collaboration, it will better equip students to use their collective business, engineering, and liberal arts educations to create impactful economic and social value everywhere.
The Foundry’s Teaching Studio has already hosted an array of programs and courses, including Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship with Olin College, Babson’s signature Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship class, Blockchain Ventures, Biomimicry Design Innovation from Nature, Crowdfunding, Scaling Lean Ventures, and more.
Speaking to an excited crowd, Babson’s acting Provost Mark Rice invited everyone to the Foundry’s next event. On October 2, the tri-college community will host Tech Day—“a hands-on showcase of novel, global, and often simple technologies in agriculture, public health and education, many being developed in the Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship program,” he shared.
Named in honor of devoted Babson alumnus and trustee Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87 ’90 and his wife, Janet Weissman P’87 ’90, the Weissman Foundry commemorates the start of many campus transformations underway as Babson readies for its second century.
“We are all inspired and deeply grateful for Bob and Jan’s extraordinary generosity and longstanding commitment to Babson,” said Healey. “They are incredibly humble, which is why it is particularly special to celebrate them and to have their name attached to one of the College’s most innovative and forward-looking endeavors, a project that will have a profound impact for our students.”
From left to right: Christopher Weissman MBA’90; Michael Weissman ’87, P’20; Greg Weissman; Janet Weissman P’87 ’90; Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87’ ’90; Babson College President Kerry Healey; Chair of the Babson College Board of Trustees Marla Capozzi MBA’96; Babson acting Provost Mark Rice
The Foundry leads the way for anticipated 2019 openings of the new Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex, Babson Commons at Horn Library, and Centennial Park.
“Today’s ceremony is particularly exciting and meaningful as we approach our Centennial and embark on a second century of innovation and leadership in entrepreneurship education,” added Marla Capozzi MBA’96, chair of the Babson Board of Trustees. “I look forward to seeing what this Foundry community creates.”
Join the Weissman Foundry Community
Be a Scout
Join the team of Babson, Olin, and Wellesley graduate and undergraduate students who help lead Foundry efforts.
Weissman Foundry Campfires – Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Discuss ideas, get feedback, and help one another turn dreams into reality.
Take a 45-minute tour, limited to 15 people at a time.
Sign-up for weekly equipment training sessions, varying in length and format depending on equipment.
Long-and-short-term workstation chair rentals available. Short-term reservations made on a first-come-first-served basis. Long-term reservations require an application.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.