Entrepreneurial Mindshift for Educators

An Online Approach to Help Your Students Think and Act More Entrepreneurially

Now more than ever, the role as educator is to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of our students, cultivate a mindset of action, and build educational environments where practice can occur. This program helps educators do all of this in an online environment. Join Professor Heidi Neck to learn the tools and methods to teach the online course, Entrepreneurial Mindshift successfully.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for educators from any discipline who want to provide their students with the advantage of learning how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, especially in an online environment.

Why Choose This Online Program?


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Be exposed to and explore Babson's signature Entrepre-  neurial Thought & Action ® Methodology

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Practice the IDEATE Method to understand how to better create and shape ideas into bold opportunities

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Access tools and teaching methods for a successful online approach to entrepreneurship education. 


This interactive online program includes live webinars, independent exercises, simulations, and videos. At the conclusion of this program you will be equipped to teach the online course, Entrepreneurial Mindshift to your students.  


Program consists of three, live 60-minute sessions 9–10 a.m. (EDT), and four hours per week of independent assigned work through Babson's Canvas platform. 

Day 1: First Webex Session, 9–10 a.m. EDT, watch program overview video in advance
Days 1–6: Simulation Play, Video Views, Readings and Discussion Boards
Day 7: Second Webex Session, 9–10 a.m. EDT
Days 7–10: IDEATE Method, Independent Exercises and Discussion Boards
Day 10: Third Webex Session, 9–10 a.m. EDT, and Wrap up video 


This program is led by Heidi Neck , PhD, the Jeffery A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and the Babson Academy Academic Director. An award-winning educator and author, her textbook, Entrepreneurship: The Practice Mindset (2nd edition, 2020) was awarded the Breakthrough Book of 2017 by Sage Publishing and the 2018 Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Her latest book, The IDEATE Method, provides a proven road map to help students generate new ideas. Additionally, she has published 45+ book chapters, research monographs, and peer-reviewed articles. 


  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Ability to converse in English

Experiments and Adventures in Online Learning

How and when will I have access to the course materials?

Course materials are provided via Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal. Materials will be made available to participants approximately one to seven days prior to the first live online session, depending on the amount of pre-work that participants are expected to complete in advance.

Where can I find the schedule for the days and times of the live online sessions?

The schedule will be sent to registered participants in the registration confirmation email (see the link in your confirmation email to the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document).

Do I need to join the virtual sessions live? Will they be recorded?

We highly recommend that participants join the live online sessions. It is an opportunity to ask questions, participate in rich discussion, and learn from the experience of your program peers. Session recordings will not consistently be available, and as such, it is expected that participants engage live in the virtual sessions.

What technology do you use for the live online programs?

  • Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal—course calendar, readings, pre-work, faculty bios, presentations and post-session recordings are posted here.
  • Video-conferencing Platform—we will use a virtual meeting application (like Webex or Zoom) that allows you to see and communicate with other participants simultaneously and in real time. Your instructor can share documents and interactive media, invite participants to share content, and engage with you in real-time participation. Links to sessions and more information will be provided on Canvas.

What do I need to participate? How do I prepare for the live online sessions?

  1. We recommend a computer/laptop with a webcam (built in or external camera) for optimal viewing, but you also may join from a tablet or cell phone
  2. Internet connection or cell hotspot
  3. Operating system: Windows: 7, 8.1, or 10; Apple: OS 10.9 or higher
  4. Recommended browsers for optimal experience: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari 8 and up (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and Safari 7 are not recommended.)
  5. Headset with microphone (recommended but optional)

What happens if I have technical issues?

Additional, detailed instructions will be provided on Canvas. Babson staff will be online and available to assist you, and will identify themselves during each live online delivery. Contact the staff via the chat function for help, or email them if needed. Contact information is available in the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document.

How long will I have access to the online materials?

Course materials on Canvas will be available for six months following the completion of the program.

When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?

Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Babson accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Do you offer discounts?

Discounts on Babson Academy courses are available for the following:

  • Alumni of Babson College (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Babson Collaborative members
  • Groups of three or more registering at the same time

Please email Elizabeth Daniels at for more information and for discount codes before registering. In addition, please note that discounts cannot be combined.

Do you offer online programs for large groups from the same company?

Yes, we can customize a program to your company’s specific needs from our diverse certificate and courses portfolio. Please email Elizabeth Daniels for additional information.

What will I receive upon completion of the program?

Each program participant receives a certificate of completion. We invite participants to add the program to their LinkedIn profile. Note that a certificate will not be provided if there is insufficient evidence of participation.

Do you have translation for non-English speaking participants?

We do not offer translation in our programs. Although we do not require the TOEFL, all Babson Academy programs are taught in English, so it is a prerequisite that you speak, read, and write English proficiently.

Where can I find information for in-person programs?

Explore Babson Academy’s full suite of programs.

What is your cancellation policy for live online programs?

Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Academy.

  • If requested 30 days or more prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations receive a 100% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* allowed subject to a $250 administration fee, to be utilized within a one-year period
  • If requested 8-29 days prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations receive a 50% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed
  • If requested 7 days or fewer prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations do not receive a refund
    • Substitutions* are not allowed
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed

*Substitutions and transfers are subject to approval to ensure that participants and programs are suitable.