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Babson College delivered Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (DEG), a first-of-its-kind program designed to help regions from around the world develop economic growth through entrepreneurship. 

Babson Executive and Enterprise Education offered this two and a half day open enrollment program to public and private sector leaders who seek to foster the long term growth and potential of their regions through a deeper understanding of key methods for developing entrepreneurship ecosystems.

The initial offering of the program brought together 30 participants from 12 countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Colombia, South Korea, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Finland, and the United States.

The Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP), founded and led by Dr. Daniel Isenberg, fosters entrepreneurship in regions around the world. It instructs community leaders to focus on the characteristics of their own regions that can be used to create a vibrant environment for supporting growth entrepreneurship. BEEP has projects around the world, including Manizales Mas in Colombia, and Scale Up Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

“BEEP and DEG are founded on the belief that growth entrepreneurship is a powerful force for economic and social value creation,” said Isenberg. “This program helps leaders to look at entrepreneurship from a holistic, ecosystem perspective and plan actions accordingly. It’s about empowering the natural flora and fauna.”

Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems provides public and private sector leaders with:

  • New perspectives on entrepreneurship ecosystem development
  • Case studies of entrepreneurship development in various types of economies
  • Opportunities to assess their entrepreneurship ecosystem’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Design and implementation of entrepreneurship ecosystem pilot programs to try back home
  • Simulations of entrepreneurship ecosystem development
  • Action planning for activating identifying and activating the entrepreneurship stakeholders
  • An understanding of the nature of entrepreneurship ecosystems and how they support growth entrepreneurship

About the Faculty

Faculty Director Dr. Daniel Isenberg is Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive and Enterprise Education. Since 1981 Professor Isenberg has taught at Harvard, Columbia, INSEAD, and the Technion, and has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel, and has been an angel investor in over ten countries.

In 2009, he established the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project to help regional coalitions in a variety of countries create the policies, structures, programs, and climate that foster entrepreneurship. In this capacity, he has conducted projects in numerous countries, including Columbia, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, and the United States.

In this capacity, he has conducted projects in numerous countries, including Colombia, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, and the United States. Daniel has published several seminal articles in the Harvard Business Review, including “Entrepreneurs and the Cult of Failure,” “How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution,” and “The Global Entrepreneur.” He is also the author of the Harvard Business Review Press book, Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value. He is a frequent participant at Davos and the G20, and blogs for HBR, Huffington Post and others. Daniel holds the Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. In 2012, Professor Isenberg was awarded the Pio Manzu Gold Medal for “pioneering and innovative work in economic development,” signed by Mikhail Gorbachev.


Other program faculty include:

  • Ant Bozkaya, a Senior Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan School and UC Berkeley Haas School
  • Dan Breznitz, Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and Director of Academic Research at the Munk School of Academic Affairs at the University of Toronto, an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as pioneering researcher on the distributional impact of innovation policies 
  • Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Director General at the Danish Business Authority, who most recently served as a Senior Economist with the OECD supervising a team of economists and statisticians, and coordinating activities related to micro-policy benchmarking

About Babson Executive and Enterprise Education

Babson Executive and Enterprise Education is one of the world’s top executive education providers, as recognized by our clients as well as Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek. We are the educator, convener, and thought leader of global entrepreneurship. We are a dynamic learning laboratory, shaping both today’s educators and tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders. Through strategic partnerships with educational institutions, foundations, non-profits, governments and NGOs around the world, we advance economic, social, and personal development through global entrepreneurship education. With roots in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®, we develop the leaders that companies need most: those who can create opportunities, envision and navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to grow organizations and create economic and social value. Our leadership development solutions include customized and open enrollment programs, blended learning, published thought leadership, and more. We are a division of Babson College, the #1 institution for entrepreneurship education. 

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 Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 10/06/2014 05:00