Engage With Babson Students in San Francisco
Share your professional expertise and gain fresh insights.
There are many ways for alumni, graduate students, employers, and friends of Babson to get involved with the Semester in San Francisco program. Babson is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for students to practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® that benefit both our students and partner organizations. You can enhance our undergraduate experience in the following ways:
Sponsor a Consulting Project
The Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (CiTE) course connects San Francisco Bay Area organizations with talented Babson students who work as consultants to address a current business challenge. Students gain practical industry experience while providing partnering organizations with creativity, insights, and results. The team of 4–6 students will meet with the company representative, agree on an issue to address, analyze the problem, and explore possible solutions. The project concludes with the team's formal recommendations and presentation to the sponsor company.
Time commitment: One semester (14 weeks). Representative(s) from the company must be available to answer questions and provide the team with requested information in a timely manner. Past companies have had 10–15 minute phone conversations weekly or bi-weekly, with extended time (an hour or two) at the middle and end of the semester. Attendance is expected at two on-campus sessions: the program kick-off and the final presentation.
Host a Company Trek
Each semester, groups of 20–25 students visit several Bay Area companies. These visits offer a unique opportunity for the students to gain an insider's perspective of the company and interact with industry leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners. Typically, the treks consist of a tour of the office space and a panel or talk from company representatives, hiring managers and/or Human Resources. In the past, the students have visited Google, Yelp, Square, and 500 Startups.
Time commitment: Approximately 1.5–2 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons
Listen to Student Pitches
Throughout the semester’s Silicon Tech Ventures course, Babson undergraduates work on developing a business plan in teams of 4–6 people. Previous student projects have explored industries such as real estate, food, art, and retail. At the end of the semester, students pitch their idea as a formal presentation to seasoned venture capitalists. As students prepare for their final pitch, volunteers are needed to provide fresh eyes, feedback, and recommendations during their practice run.
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour on campus