October 29–31, 2018

Driving Economic Growth through Scale Up® Ecosystems

A Program for Regional Public- and Private-Sector Leaders

Join the Scale Up® Economic Development Movement

Around the world, some regions are starting to thrive because they are activating stakeholders from different sectors to focus on one common goal: promoting growth by more local firms. Driving Economic Growth through Scale Up Ecosystems provides economic leaders with practical tools and an action plan for quickly scaling businesses and creating jobs.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Lead and obtain innovative and proven Scale Up tools you can use to drive economic development 
  • Create and implement a scale up ecosystem project to stimulate growth in your region in the next six months 

Who Should Attend

  • Regional public- and private-sector leaders, including economic development professionals, public officials, agency and foundation heads, university administration, and civic-minded entrepreneurss and executives
  • Individuals and teams with the mandate to grow their economies

October 29–31, 2018

Cost: $3,500


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What You Will Learn

Driving Economic Growth is a highly interactive hands-on workshop that includes case studies discussions, simulations, and team-based projects. 

In this workshop, you will get:

  • Over a dozen tools you can use to foster Scale Up in your region
  • A series of self-assessments and comparisons with others that will give you unique insight on the strengths and weaknesses of your ecosystem 
  • A practical six month action plan to progress your economy forward, incorporating personalized feedback from faculty and peers
  • Insight into how ecosystems can be changed self-sustainably 
  • Developing effective communications programs for Scale Up

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for regional public- and private-sector leaders, including economic development professionals, public officials, agency and foundation heads, university administration, and civic-minded entrepreneurs and executives. Participants come from around the world and usually hold titles such as executive director, director, director general, specialist, and CEO.

Your Faculty Director

This program is led by Daniel Isenberg, professor of entrepreneurship practice at Babson College. Since 1981, Isenberg has taught at Harvard, Columbia, INSEAD, and the Technion. He has worked as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel, and has been an angel investor in more than 10 countries. Isenberg is a frequent participant at the World Economic Forum, and the G20 and has published three dozen digital and print articles in the Harvard Business Review. In 2009, he established the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform (BEEP) to help societies around the world create the policies, structures, programs, and climate that foster entrepreneurship. In this capacity, BEEP has conducted projects in numerous countries, including Colombia, Brazil, Denmark, and the United States.

Accommodation/Registration Details

Cost includes program materials, accommodations, and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center. Accomodations begin at 4 p.m. on October 28th and extend through 11 a.m. check out on October 31. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

Each session has a limited number of participants to preserve the intimacy and collegiality of the experience. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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“We have been focusing on startups for the past two years. This program changed our mindset on what leaves a true impact on communities.” – Ahmed AlHarbi, Namaa Al Munawara, CEO

“I believe that scaling up is a great tool for creating businesses. I definitely recommend it. We have tried it and it works.” – Carlos Mansilla, ADVANCE BS, S. A., Director

“In an increasing dynamic and complex business environment, it’s critical to develop an ecosystem mindset for business growth and success. Driving Economic Growth does that.” – Trent Grable, Indiana Tech, Assistant Director

“Driving Economic Growth has been a very eye-opening training. I enjoyed interacting with instructors and a highly diverse group of colleagues.” – Martin Friedl, Center for International Private Enterprise, Deputy Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean


Babson is the #1 school for Entrepreneurship

Scale Up Manizales-Mas in Colombia has driven an average of 46% growth among 73 companies in just five years.

Daniel Isenberg introduces the Driving Economic Growth Through Scale Up Ecosystems program.

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No. 1 in Entrepreneurship

— U.S. News & World Report, Entrepreneur magazine/
The Princeton Review, 2016

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Email Dayle Lipsky or call +1-781-239-3915