Entrepreneur Resources for Alumni
Babson has some great resources to support your entrepreneurial endeavors.
The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is a yearlong program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to launch successful companies. WIN Lab is looking for Babson alumnae who are ready to think big and be bold! Learn more and apply before July 15!
The Blank Center's B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge recognizes major milestones Babson businesses have achieved. Sponsored by the Alumni & Friends Network, The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Babson Alumni Association, this year’s challenge will include an alumni competition. Winners of the graduate, undergraduate and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge will each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash and "services in kind" donations from corporate sponsors respectively. In addition, $2,500 will be awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions. Applicants compete for prizes by demonstrating success in achieving major milestones by taking action.
The Blank Center is looking for alumni volunteer evaluators who will help determine the finalists by reading and scoring randomly assigned venture submissions. Applicants with the highest scores will compete during the Venture Expo on April 2 and the final competition on April 10, 2014. Interested applicants must review the B.E.T.A Challenge Schedule and Deadlines
and Eligibility and Guidelines
Alumni looking to start or advance an entrepreneurial venture are invitied to participate in the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program. Tailored support based on one of three venture stages (explore, pursue, or launch & grow) includes a network of entrepreneurs, access to faculty advisors, participation in peer mentoring, and workshop offerings.
Babson is an academic sponsor of MassChallenge, a global business competition that provides entrepreneurs with resources to launch their ventures successfully. Nine Babson student and alumni businesses were selected as finalists out of 125 for the 2012 MassChallenge competition. Finalists receive mentorship and training, office space, a chance to win a share of $1 million, and more.
Babson Entrepreneurs Compete for Capital through Startup Rounds
Babson alumni looking to fund entrepreneurial ventures now have a new funding source. The Babson Entrepreneurship Club and business contest Startup Rounds joined forces to promote startups from the Babson community during the course of a four-week, online contest in February.
Accelerate Your Business: A Webinar Series for Entrepreneurs
This four part webinar series features the faculty advisors for the Babson [Student] Accelerator Program and provides aspiring entrepreneurs with faculty insights for exploring, pursuing, launching and growing business endeavors.
Food for Thought: Complimentary Webinar Series
Take advantage of free monthly webinars from Babson Executive and Enterprise Education, covering the most current business leadership topics. Each session includes 20 minutes of informative content, a few discussion questions, and an opporutnity for Q&A.
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
The Blank Center is the hub of entrepreneurial activity at Babson. Through the web site you can access faculty research and publications and learn about speaker events. The Blank Center regularly invites entrepreneurial leaders to campus to share their stories with members of our community.
Babson Alumni Supporting Entrepreneurs (BASE)
The Babson Alumni Supporting Entrepreneurs (BASE) program, formerly Babson Alumni Resource Network (BARN), provides Babson alumni and student entrepreneurs (e.g. clients) with consultations by experienced alumni who act as business consultants. BASE consultants serve as sounding boards and coaches, providing insights and perspectives, based on their own business experience.
There are two ways to access the knowledge and expertise of BASE consultants: virtual consultations and open office hours. If you are a Babson alumnus or student facing a specific business challenge with your start-up or would like some guidance on moving your entrepreneurial venture to the next level of success, please complete the Alumni/Student Client Entrepreneur Application. Once we receive your completed application, a member of the BASE Leadership Team will follow up with you regarding next steps. In addition, your application will be forwarded the the Butler Venture Accelerator for inclusion in that program and access to its resources.
Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab (EEL)
Babson College and the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) have created an Entrepreneur Experience Laboratory to design, develop, and test new entrepreneurship support solutions and systems. This initiative will shed light on the entrepreneurship experience through the lens of the entrepreneur, create a platform to design and test new ways to support entrepreneurs and accelerate new venture creation, and leverage an Entrepreneur Video Booth where entrepreneurs can answer important questions via new media.
At this annual event hosted by the Blank Center, alumni entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their new ventures in three minutes or less to a large audience of students, faculty, entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. For more information, please contact Antonette Ho.
Social Media Resources
Several social media resources are available to help alumni entrepreneurs expand your network.
- Babson Entrepreneurs LinkedIn Group
This group is a subgroup of the Babson College Community LinkedIn Group and provides a digital space for Babson entrepreneurs to meet, network, and discuss business challenges and successes.
- Babson Entrepreneurs Facebook Group
Similar to LinkedIn, this group provides a digital space for Babson entrepreneurs to exchange information and ideas.
- Babson Entrepreneurs Blog
This blog is written by Babson entrepreneurs for Babson entrepreneurs and features various topics of interest to individuals starting, growing, or liquidating business.
- Following @BabsonEship on Twitter
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