Schedule and Deadlines

Babson undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni will compete for $75,000 in cash prizes plus "services in kind" donations from corporate sponsors in the 2018 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 23, 2018 at 9am EST
Faculty sponsor form opens on submission site

January 30, 2018 at 12pm 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.”

January 30, 2018 at 5pm EST
B.E.T.A. Challenge Info Session in Blank Center Televideo Room. More info »

January 31, 2018 at 9am EST
Business deliverables (executive summary and slide deck) may be uploaded through submission site starting on this date.

February 9, 2018 at 12pm 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 on application requirements, please view the “Eligibility and Guidelines.”

February 15-March 1, 2018
Alumni evaluators review and score submitted materials on-line. Several groups of 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 the top applicants at the undergraduate, graduate and alumni levels will be selected based on the highest average score.

March 5-9, 2018
Selected faculty will review the top applicants at the undergraduate, graduate and alumni levels and will narrow down to the top six semifinalists.

March 26, 2018
Semifinalists announced

March 30, 2018 at 12pm 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 by 12pm EST (no exceptions made).

April 4, 2018
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 three finalists at the undergraduate, graduate and alumni levels who will present at the finals on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

April 6, 2018
Finalists announced

April 11, 2018 at 12pm EST
Finalists deadline – Final PowerPoint Presentation Slides must be submitted to Antonette Ho at by 12pm EST (no exceptions will be made).

April 12, 2018
B.E.T.A. Challenge Finals - Finalists presentations to panel of judges - judges will determine the winner of the competitions.