Entrepreneurial Mindshift

Being entrepreneurial is a way of thinking and acting that combines the ability to find or create new opportunities with the courage to act on them. This course helps students shift their existing mindset to a more entrepreneurial one so that they are better able to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity, while also embracing opportunities that arise under such conditions. A mindshift requires practice, so this course encourages action, learning, and building in order to begin developing the courage to act on entrepreneurial opportunities in the future.   

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between entrepreneurial and managerial thinking
  • Explore Babson's signature Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A™) methodology
  • Practice shaping ideas into bold opportunities
  • Develop the confidence and courage to act outside your comfort zone

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for bachelor degree students from all disciplines who want to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and learn how to create and identify new business opportunities. 

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of participation from the Babson Academy. 


This interactive online course includes live webinars, independent exercises, simulations and videos. 


This course consists of two, live 90-minute sessions 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EDT), and 4 hours per week of independent assigned work through Babson's Canvas platform. 


This program is led by Eliana Crosina, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College, as well as a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from Boston College. Prior to academia, she worked in the for-profit sector as an investment banker, as well as in the not-for profit sector, managing international development projects.

Crosina's research interests lie at the intersection of identity, entrepreneurial behavior, and cognition. She tackles these issues through largely qualitative methods in two main research streams: (1) examining novel processes of identity; and (2) exploring organizing dynamics in nascent entrepreneurial contexts. Her recent research includes a study of former Lehman Brothers' bankers career experiences after the demise of Lehman Brothers; an ethnography of first time founders in the process of launching their ventures from the same coworking facility; and a longitudinal field study examining the development trajectories of nascent entrepreneurial firms.

Her work has appeared in outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Business Review. In 2016 her dissertation research was awarded a fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation.


  • Currently enrolled in a program of study at a university
  • Access to high-speed internet and a laptop
  • Ability to converse in English


Registration deadline for course: January 10, 2022*

*Unless program reaches capacity before this date.

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