Several alumni-led businesses also named finalists including Breakaway, InnerCity Weightlifting, Bigbelly Solar, PaintNite, Blank Label, and the Startup Institute

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Babson College President Kerry Healey has been named a finalist in BostInno’s 2015 50 on Fire Awards. The awards are given annually to honor Boston’s inventors, disrupters, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries, and will culminate at a celebration to announce the ultimate winners on December 3, 2015.

President Healey is being recognized for an array of institutional, national, and global accomplishments since joining Babson College in 2013, including, but not limited to: Babson’s many No. 1 rankings from outlets such asMoney Magazine and U.S. News & World Report; top ten rankings for alumni earnings from PayScale and the U.S. Department of Education; the new class of 2019 having the first-ever population of students with more women than men, at 54 percent; a recent 21 percent increase in undergraduate applications; an upgraded school bond rating from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s (S&P); and more.


Alumnus John Burns M’05, the Chief Investment Officer at Breakaway, a Boston-based brand capital firm, is also recognized as a finalist, and is the co-founder of the Babson Breakaway Challenge, a one-of-a-kind competition and mentoring program offering women-led businesses the opportunity to compete for $250,000 in funding, marketing services, and more. The Challenge is currently accepting applications from women entrepreneurs, their teams, and aspiring venture capitalists, through January 5, 2016.


Learn more about the inaugural challenge and how to apply ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​»


Diane Hessan, an investment finalist, was inducted into Babson’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs in 2014 for her work as a successful entrepreneur, marketer, and author – most notably as Founder and Chairman atCommunispace. She has since joined the Startup Institute (also a 50 on Fire finalist) as Chief Executive Officer, alongside Vice President, Program Director, and alumnus, Allan Telio M’07.

BostInno’s 50 on Fire finalists also include:

About BostInno's 50 on Fire Awards

Each year, BostInno receives thousands of nominations highlighting companies and individuals who are disrupting their industries and making an impact in Boston and beyond. Two hundred finalists have been chosen, and a celebration will commence on December 3 during which winners in each category – Civic (Smart City), Design, Dining and Retail, Education, Healthcare and Medicine, Investment, Marketing and Advertising, Professional Service, Sports and Fitness, and Technology - will be announced. Be sure to follow BostInno and #50onFireBOS on Twitter.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​​​®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial 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 make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. 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 Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 10/22/2015 04:00