ENTREPRENEURSHIP CELEBRATION TO HIGHLIGHT THE POWER OF INNOVATION IN BUILDING GREATER BOSTON’S ECONOMY

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Babson College, and Citizens Bank partner to showcase Boston area companies and organizations acting entrepreneurially to spur growth and innovation

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Babson College and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will honor local organizations at the first ever Celebrating Entrepreneurship of All Kind​s™ event, presented by Citizens Bank, on November 19, 2014.

Entrepreneurial thinkers from all spheres of the Greater Boston economic landscape will be celebrated for their role in transforming the region’s organizations and companies into vibrant enterprises that spur economic growth and opportunity.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship make tremendous contributions in building dynamic, inclusive business communities and expanding our employment opportunities,” said Paul Guzzi, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “We hope you will join usas we applaud some of Boston’s most entrepreneurial organizations and companies.”

Among the organizations to be recognized is Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a champion of medical innovation in Boston. The Brigham performed the nation’s first face transplant in 2011, and recently launched the Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) which inspires and coaches the hospital’s innovators propelling their ideas forward to bring clinical innovations to life. The iHub also works with external health tech start-ups by connecting Brigham clinicians with innovative and transformative technology to give them the tools to address complex clinical challenges, deliver better care, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. At the November event, Brigham and Women’s Hospital President Bet​sy Nabel, MD​ will share ways the Brigham has sought to act entrepreneurially and introduce Jeff Karp, PhD who will reveal a next-generation surgical procedure, inspired by his belief that evolution and nature are the best problem solvers. 

 “Everyone, everywhere is talking about entrepreneurship,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey. “Our economy needs entrepreneurial minded people at every level of every organization, from large corporations and family businesses to nonprofit organizations and social causes. Entrepreneurial thinking is what helps people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds solve big problems, grow operations, and mobilize social change.”

The event is made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsor, Citizens Bank. “Entrepreneurship is such a profoundly positive force in our community and economy,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank and Citizens Commercial Banking, Massachusetts. “Citizens Bank is proud to join Babson College and the Greater Boston Chamber in celebrating entrepreneurs of all kinds here in Boston.”

Celebrating Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ will be held in Boston’s Innovation District at The Atrium at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person. Register to attend and experience the power of entrepreneurship for yourself.

About the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading business association connecting 1,500 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession. We help Greater Boston-area businesses grow and succeed through strategic networking events, influential business advocacy, and exclusive leadership development programs.

About Presenting Sponsor Citizens Bank

Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $130.3 billion in assets as of June 30, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Consumer Banking helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. Citizens Commercial Banking offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.

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, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 10/07/2014 08:00