Current students explore learning experience in Silicon Valley

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Babson College, the No. 1 college for entrepreneurship education​, is now offering undergraduate students the opportunity to live and learn in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area. 

Beginning this semester, current undergraduate students are spending a semester studying away at Babson's San Francisco campus, located at 135 Main Street in the SOMA district.

“The San Francisco semester away program is an exciting new initiative that provides a natural extension of the learning that happens on the Babson Wellesley campus right in the center of the tech entrepreneurship eco-system: Silicon Valley. Our students who are learning how to turn ideas into action through Babson’s innovative entrepreneurship curriculum are going to feel right at home here in the Bay Area, in a culture rooted in innovation,” said Lynn Santopietro, director of Babson's San Francisco campus.

As part of the semester in San Francisco, Babson students will:

  • Take a full course load taught by Babson faculty.
  • Have the opportunity to learn and network with the broader business community, including NatureBoxSquareTaylor StitchInflection, and others in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.
  • Participate in events at the San Francisco campus, such as BabsonConnect that brings together local alumni and business partners for networking.

Fall semester courses

Silicon Technology Ventures

Professor: Jim Poss M '03 (Co-founder of BigBelly Solar)
The Silicon Technology Ventures course focuses on the realities facing the entrepreneur. Students will learn what it’s actually like to start and run a startup technology company.

Consulting in Technology Entrepreneurship (CiTE)

Professor: Allan Cohen
Offers students the opportunity to gain practical industry experience while working with professionals in this business community. This course connects San Francisco-area organizations with the students who work as consultants to address a current business challenge.

The Modern American City

Professor: Paul Schmitz
Students will examine the rise and development of the modern American metropolis in a period of dynamic growth and intense cultural change. Using a range of historical, literary, and cultural sources, the class will investigate how cities have served as catalysts for the nation’s economic, political, and social development.

The West as Frontier in the American Imagination

Professor: Katrin Fischer
In this intermediate Liberal Arts elective, students will investigate the myths, realities and hopes associated with the American West: that ever-moving frontier of the mind and body where visions of American national identity are invented and celebrated, contested, and reimagined.

Other Babson San Francisco Offerings

Also studying in the San Francisco campus are Babson’s Blended Learning MBA students.  The Blended Learning MBA in San Francisco is currently accepting applications for the program beginning this fall, in October 2014. The Blended Learning MBA is designed for working professionals who are looking for a flexible, cohort-based program in a blended learning format. Classes are held at 135 Main Street in San Francisco every seven weeks, and the rest of the program is online. For more information, contact Laura Hunter, associate director of Graduate Admissions.

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. ​​​

By Michael Chmura,, 781-239-4621 | 09/18/2014 05:45