Your Course: Entrepreneurial Development Experience
“The most unique part of the Summer Study experience is being surrounded by people from around the globe that each bring diverse entrepreneurial skills. We are able to challenge each others’ thinking. I’ve learned a lot through this process and have also realized how much an idea can change over the course of a month.”
– Mohamad Atallah, Summer Study ’16, Beirut, Lebanon
Develop your skills as a passionate, self-motivated entrepreneur.
This four-week, on-campus course gives you a unique opportunity to focus on your growth as an entrepreneur. You’ll get immersed in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A™)—Babson’s renowned methodology that encourages combining reflection, experimentation, and analysis with action—all while building leadership, communication, presentation and critical thinking skills in a hands-on, team-based environment.
Classroom topics you cover include:
- Design Thinking
- Business Ideation
- Communicating Your Why
- Business and Human Rights
- Reframing Failure: Your New Asset
A major component of ET&A is taking into account social, economic, and environmental factors when pursuing new opportunities, and throughout the course you’ll work to conceptualize a new venture that creates meaningful social or economic value. At the end of the program, you’ll pitch your entrepreneurial action plans to the Babson community.
Previous ventures include:
Expanshoe: A shoe created for children in communities that struggle with access to proper footwear, expandable for shoe sizes 5–12 to grow with a child.
NuPatch: A transdermal patch designed to deliver nutrients to athletes.
Glare: An LED bracelet with smart technology to increase safety for people who train at night.
See the 2016 Syllabus:
2016 Summer Study Syllabus (pdf)
Classroom lectures are delivered by a mix of Babson College faculty, visiting entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and staff. Past Babson faculty and staff have included: