Founders Summit 2019

Founders Summit

Save the Date for The Founders Summit, created by the Blank Center in honor of Babson’s Centennial.

On April 11, 2019, the Founders Summit will present an afternoon of ideas and inspiration for founders and builders of all kinds of companies.

The Founders Summit will feature opportunities to connect, learn, and network with fellow Babson entrepreneurs.

After the summit, please join us for the finale of the B.E.T.A. Challenge, our premier new venture competition, where Babson entrepreneurs will pitch to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.


1–1:30 p.m. Registration and Welcoming Remarks
1:30–2 p.m. Mega Mentoring Session I
2:15–2:45 p.m. Mega Mentoring Session II
3–3:40 p.m. Lightning Talks I (Speakers TBA)
  • Passing the Torch: When Entrepreneurship Becomes a Family Value session presented by the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Funding Sources Beyond VC session presented by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership
3:45–4:20 p.m. Lightning Talks II (Speakers TBA)
  • From Entrepreneur to Investor session presented by the Cutler Center
  • Entrepreurs Creating Economic and Social Value Simultaneously session presented by The Lewis Institute
4:25–5 p.m. Keynote speech: Serial entrepreneur Tim Demello ’81 P’18
5–9 p.m. B.E.T.A. Challenge

Register for the Event

Application deadline for student entrepreneurs interested in attending and participating in Mega Mentoring is Friday, March 8 at noon EST. Apply now »

Lightning Talk Sessions

Passing the Torch: When Entrepreneurship Becomes a Family Value

In family business circles, discussion often focuses on the small percentage of family firms that survive through the second and third generations.  At Babson, our focus is not on one particular business but rather on the family and how they act entrepreneurially, individually, and together, across generations and time.  In this session, we explore how one entrepreneurial family has made startup entrepreneurship a family value that they have passed from one generation to the next.

Presented by the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship and moderated by IFE Executive Director Lauri Union.

Thinking Outside the Box: Funding Sources Beyond VC

Founders from all industries are entrepreneuring innovative ways to fuel and grow their companies. Come hear a panel of Babson alumnae as they share their funding objectives, successes, and lessons learned to secure the capital their companies require. Walk away with tips for moving beyond the limitations of the elusive VC deal.  

Presented by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and moderated by CWEL Director of Global Initiatives Shakenna K Williams, Ph.D.

From Entrepreneur to Investor

How does one make the transition from entrepreneur to investor? Join Catherine Friend White MBA’86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds and Founder & Director, FinArc Investments Inc., as she outlines her experience as a former portfolio manager to an angel investor with Golden Seeds, which is an early-stage investment firm focused on women-led businesses.

Presented by the Cutler Center.


Presented by The Lewis Institute.

Be a Mentor

For alumni entrepreneurs interested in participating as a one-day mentor at the event, please email the Blank Center.

Keynote Speech

Starting Up and Never Stopping: Inside the Mind of Tim DeMello

Successful serial entrepreneur Tim DeMello ’81 P’18 has been building businesses for thirty years – and he would be happy to keep on doing it for another thirty years. He has founded seven startups, including Replica,,, Spotlight Media, and, Gradifi, his most recent venture which was sold to First Republic Bank in 2016. Many of Tim’s ventures have gone public or been acquired by other companies like Peapod,, and Mattel. Tim will reflect on the string of businesses he has started through the decades, on a career that has brought him fulfillment, and how, after all the ups and downs, he is still in the business of turning an idea into reality. He’ll also share how Babson has been part of his story from the beginning to today – he is a Babson parent and trustee - and some important lessons he’s learned about founding and building companies.