Passing the Torch: When Entrepreneurship Becomes a Family Value
In family business circles, discussion often focuses on the small percentage of family firms that survive through the second and third generations. At Babson, our focus is not on one particular business but rather on the family and how they act entrepreneurially, individually and together, across generations and time. In this session, we explore how one family has evolved its entrepreneurship from the more traditional model of growing an existing business to founding a startup. We will be speaking with Dave Barber '81, P'16 '17, senior consultant and retired president and CEO of Barber Foods, Dorie Barber P'16 '17, “MB” (Mainely Burgers) Mom, and their sons, Jack '16 and Max '17, co-founders of Mainely Burgers.
Presented by the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (IFE) and moderated by Lauri Union, IFE executive director.
Thinking Outside the Box: Funding Sources Beyond VC
Founders from all industries are entrepreneuring innovative ways to fuel and grow their companies. Come hear a panel of Babson alumnae–Danielle Babineau MBA'15, co-founder of Redemption Rock Brewing, Shiva Kashalkar MBA'11, founder of Green Piñata Toys, and Marisa MacClary MBA'99, co-founder of Artifact Health–as they share their funding objectives, successes, and lessons learned to secure the capital their companies require. Walk away with tips for moving beyond the limitations of the elusive VC deal.
Presented by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and moderated by Shakenna K. Williams '94, PhD, CWEL director of global initiatives.
From Entrepreneur to Investor
How does one make the transition from entrepreneur to investor? Join Catherine Friend White MBA'86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds, and Tim Chae, General Partner, 500 Startups, as they offer insights on their experiences, including how they made the move, the skills needed to make the move, and their advice for entrepreneurs and investors today.
Presented by the Cutler Center and moderated by Angelo Santinelli, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs Creating Economic and Social Value Simultaneously
Today, more than ever, values and purpose play a critical role in value creation. In BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2019 CEO letter, he wrote, “Purpose is not the sole pursuit of profits but the animating force for achieving them. Profits are in no way inconsistent with purpose–in fact, profits and purpose are inextricably linked.” This panel of purpose-driven entrepreneurs will share why they do what they do, and how they engage with their customers and markets. More and more people are not just buying what you do; they are buying into why you do what you do. We will be speaking with Tara Foley MBA'13, CEO and founder of Follain, and Rob Dalton MBA'14, co-founder of 88 Acres, both of whom are leading mission-driven brands that are making a difference in people's lives.
Presented by The Lewis Institute and moderated by Cheryl Kiser, executive director of The Lewis Institute.