Matt   Hard   ’17

Matt Hard ’17

Undergraduate Student

“Entrepreneurs make the world go ’round.”
Current Location
Massachusetts, United States
Class Year
Start-up Entrepreneurship

What Words Have Changed Your Life?

Success can only come if you try.

How Do You Want to Change the World?

It seems so trivial and childish that I used to be afraid of being who I am, and owning up to it. But, nonetheless, I, a gay man, feared letting people know who I am, worrying what people would think, do, or say. Now that I have accepted who I am, and created a strong and amazing support network, I want to make sure no one lives in fear of being who they are.

Why Does the World Need More Leaders with An Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Entrepreneurs make the world go ’round. It is always vital to have people leading the world who are capable of thinking on their feet and who can think critically to come up with solutions to an array of problems. The future is always uncertain and it is not always possible to plan for the unexpected. We need entrepreneurs at the forefront who can think and act with a global mindset.

What Is Your Proudest Moment in Business?

Currently, I am not in any prominent business situation where I can boast about my accomplishments. An experience I can reflect on, however, would be a time when I sold customized benches. I view myself as an artist in some respects and like to build things occasionally. During high school summers, I would find myself with a lot of time on my hands, and I filled that time building things. One summer, I built a pair of benches for my parents’ patio, and somehow I found myself making a dozen more; my mother had gone out and sold benches to her friends without my knowledge. Ultimately, I ended up spending my summer doing something I love, and got paid for it.

What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?

People need to know that Babson is an amazing environment that fosters business, creativity (through the entrepreneurial mindset), and individual development. The community here is supporting of everyone in every way. You will find tons of support and encouragement no matter what you do, be it start a business, take certain classes, apply for an internship, study abroad, or want to participate in pride marches. No matter what you want to do, Babson supports you.

How Do You Define Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is one of those words that the meaning can only be described by the word. There are so many facets to being an entrepreneur and there is never a set definition. Anyone who tries to define it is also defining themself by doing so. If I had to define it, however, I would do it like so: the ability and exemplification of innovation and determination.