Babson College brings entrepreneurs, tastemakers, investors, and designers together to discuss entrepreneurship of all kinds.

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From a patent holding inventor​ to a shoe designer​ whose shoes are worn by Lady Gaga, Babson College’s 11th annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum will celebrate entrepreneurs of all kinds on November 9th. 

Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the Sorenso​n Theater. Panel discussions will ​take place from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. followed by a networking reception.

All panel discussions will take place at th​e Babson College campus in Wellesley, MA.

The event features three tracks: People, Trends, and Skills. Each track explores entrepreneurship through a different lens. Topics range from exploring entrepreneurial ecosystems, current trends in the music industry, to ideation and design thinking.


Speakers Include:


Track One: The People track is designed to expose attendees to the inspiring and remarkable stories of our select group of entrepreneurs.



• Lakshmi Blachandra (Moderator) Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College

• Bala Iyer (Moderator) : Professor of Information Technology Management

• Len Schlesinger (Moderator): President, Babson College


• Sharon Kan: Cofounder & CEO, Tikatok

• Natalia Oberti Noguera: Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

• Ruthie Davis: Owner, RADesign, Inc./ RUTHIE DAVIS

• Keya Dannenbaum: CEO & Founder, ElectNext

• Abby Fichtner: The Hacker Chick Blog

• Seth Priebatsch: Chief Ninja, SCVNGR & LevelUp

• Jonathan Feinman: Executive Director & Founder, InnerCity Weightlifting

• Vicky Wu Davis: Executive Director & Founder, Youth CITIES

• Kavita Shukla: Inventor & Founder, Fenugreen


Track TwoThe Trends Track will allow attendees to get a snapshot of the reality of entrepreneurship and innovation at an international and industry level.



• Dave Kusek (Moderator): Managing Partner, Digital Cowboys

• Donna Kelly (Moderator): Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

• Daniel Isenberg (Moderator) : Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice, Babson Global


• Amber Rubarth: Acclaimed Songwriter and Music Artist

• Mark Kates: Founder, Fenway Recordings

• Brian Jonas: Agent, High Road Touring

• Jacqui Kew: University of Cape Town, South Africa

• Silvia de Carbonell: IAE Business School

• Slativa Singer: J.J. Strossmayer University, Croatia

• Sam Hammar: Executive Director, The Capital Network

• Shelly Porges: Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program at U.S. Department of State

• Ray Leach: CEO, Jumpstart

• Fernando Fabre: President, Endeavor Global

• Eduardo Salazar Yusti: Managing Director, Yuma


Track ThreeThe Skills Track will allow attendees to learn by applying concepts to their current companies or projects.



• Ela Ben-Ur: Innovation Coach, i2i experience

• Amanda Igesias: Product Manager, Hubspot

• Bob Davis: Managing General Partner, Highland Capital Partners


Keynote Speakers:

• Katie Rae: Managing Director, TechStars Boston

• Frans Johansson​: CEO, The Medici Group, Author of The Click Movement

• Jonathan Bush: CEO & Co-Founder anthenahealth, Inc


This daylong experience is Babson College’s flagship student-led event, and pulls in hundreds of business professionals, students, entrepreneurs and interested neighbors. To purchase tickets, view the complete schedule, and find more information, please go to or visit Twitter @BabsonForum or Facebook.


About Babson College:

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit


By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 11/01/2012 10:20