Global Entrepreneurship Week

​​​Babson College will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 November 14-22 with a series of events and activities.

The Babson events will be part of more than 35,000 events and competitions in 170 countries. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

2019 Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 14

Rocket Pitch

1:30 p.m.
Olin Hall

Join us at our 20th annual Rocket Pitch where student and alumni entrepreneurs from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley colleges are invited to pitch their business ideas to a large audience of students, faculty, entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.

U.S. Work Visas After Graduation

4:30 p.m.
Olin 225

Learn about employment visa options in the United States following OPT, with local immigration attorney Lesley Hauser.

Hosted by International Student and Scholar Services.

Grad Impact Hour: FutureLab

5 p.m.
Space X, Lewis Institute

FutureLabs at Babson are learning experiments for discovering, designing, and developing entrepreneurial opportunities to create sustainable change at scale. The team from our first FutureLab on Mobility will share how they are using this new discovery learning method in the mobility space and how anyone interested can get further involved.

Grad Impact Hours provide a space for Babson graduate students and alumni in the Boston area to deep dive into issues of importance that will amplify the impact of their careers. Hosted by The Lewis Institute.

Friday, November 15

Idea Jam

10 a.m.
Blank Center


Do you want to work on a startup, but don’t have an idea? Our Idea Jam is for you! In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll play with some new ideas and meet other Babson entrepreneurs. Teams will brainstorm using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a jumping off point and pursue one idea to build it out. At the end of the workshop, pitch your idea and get feedback.

Leave feeling inspired and excited to pursue this new idea, and make your startup dreams a reality!

You don’t need an idea to participate. You don’t need a team to participate. All you need is to commit to stay for the entire workshop.

"Family Office" Office Hours with Stephen Martiros

10 a.m.
Blank Center


The Institute for Family Entrepreneurship will be hosting "Family Office" office hours with Stephen Martiros ’83, MBA’85, Chair of the IFE Advisory Board.

Monday, November 18

GEW Pop-up at Olin

11:30 a.m.
Olin Hall

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Olin!

GEW Pop-up at Reynolds

12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Campus Center

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Reynolds!

BASE Consultant Office Hours

2 p.m.
Blank Center

Babson Alumni Supporting Entrepreneurs (BASE) provides Babson alumni and students with complimentary consultations. BASE Consultants serve as sounding boards and coaches, providing insights and perspectives based on their own business experience and expertise.

Global Trends in Fashion

4:15 p.m.
Blank Center

Come and discuss the Future of Fashion with Alicia Sharp, Director of Christian Dior, Boston, and Tyler Blake CEO of leAR Digital Marketing. The session will be moderated by Professor Caroline Daniels, Lead Faculty for the Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative. Refreshments will be served!

Hosted by The Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative.

Venture Capital Panel

5:30 p.m.
Winn Auditorium, Olin Hall

Join the Babson Graduate Finance Club for a panel featuring venture capitalists from Bain Capital, Underscore VC, and Pillar. During this session, panelists will take a deep dive into the ins and outs of the industry, tips on how to access capital, and how to grow internationally. This session is open to people interested in careers in venture as well as entrepreneurs.

Hosted by The Babson Graduate Finance Club, The Blank Center, and the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Tuesday, November 19

GEW Pop-up at Olin

11:30 a.m.
Olin Hall

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Olin!

GEW Pop-up at Reynolds

12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Campus Center

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Reynolds!

Office Hours with Jamie Steenbakers '18, GEIR

1:30 p.m.
Blank Center

Jamie Steenbakers '18, Founder of Busy Beauty and Babson Global Entrepreneur in Residence, will be offering office hours for participants of the Butler Launch Pad.

How 2 Make a Product with Jamie Steenbakers ‘18, GEIR

5 p.m.
Blank Center

The Blank Center’s #How2Tuesday series concludes this semester on Tuesday, November 19 at 5pm in the Blank Center Televideo Room: How to Make a Product with Jamie Steenbakkers ’18, co-founder and COO of Busy Beauty and Babson Global Entrepreneur in Residence!

It’s always a great feeling when you can put your product in your customers’ hands. But, how do you get from an idea in your head to a physical product? How do you work with manufacturers to get the best deal? Jamie will share some insights on how to negotiate with manufacturers and set up back-end production logistics. She will also cover other topics related to manufacturing, including warehousing, barcoding, shipping, and importing.

The Healing Organization

6 p.m.
Babson Boston, 12th Floor
100 High Street
Boston, MA 02110

The Healing Organization is a collection of 25 case studies of companies that are reducing suffering and elevating joy for their employees, customers, communities, and other stakeholders while preserving and restoring the very ecosystems in which they operate. These enterprises have experienced strong economic success even as they have placed the flourishing of people at the center of their business philosophy.

Raj will be joined in conversation by one of Boston's most progressive leaders, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank, Bob Rivers. At the helm of the country's oldest and largest fully mutual bank, Bob has championed opportunities for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community to the tune of $11 billion dollars in assets managed.

Join us for a fireside chat followed by a reception and book signing with these two impressive Boston leaders.

Sponsored by Babson Boston & the Alumni Club of Boston

Igniting Impact Film Screening at Babson

6:30 p.m.
Winn Auditorium, Olin Hall

In celebration of entrepreneurs and investors who are making a meaningful impact on the world, join us for a special screening of Igniting Impact and a conversation with filmmaker Steve Distante

Igniting Impact is a short documentary featuring entrepreneurs who are creating impact by aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Filmmaker and entrepreneur Steve Distante will share his film and his own impactful entrepreneurial journey – from his beginnings as a student to owning his own firm to his collaboration with the United Nations to educate, inspire, and celebrate entrepreneurs around the globe who are using their businesses as a force for good. We will also hear from Cory Wrisborne, founder of Dinero Digital Marketing and former Marketing Manager at TRU Colors, whose mission is to resolve conflicts through honest conversations, understanding, and meaningful employment opportunities.

Hosted by the Blank Center, The Lewis Institute, and The Office of Sustainability.

Rocket Pitch São Paulo

Cubo.network
São Paulo, Brazil

Babson College’s Rocket Pitch program is turning 20 years old in November and São Paulo, Brazil is hosting its own event!

Wednesday, November 20

GEW Pop-up at Olin

11:30 a.m.
Olin Hall

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Olin!

GEW Pop-up at Reynolds

12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Campus Center

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Reynolds!

Impact Unplugged: Food Access, Food Waste

6 p.m.
Olin Hall


Join the Lewis Institute for a session on how to redirect resources to feed our communities. We will be joined by Lauren Palumbo, COO of Lovin' Spoonfuls and Rachel Greenberger, Director of Food Sol.

Impact Unplugged is a series of open conversations for all participants to share insights that lead to action. These conversations are curated by Service & Justice Programs, The Office of Sustainability, and The Lewis Institute.

eTower Speaker Series

9 p.m.
Van Winkle Hall


Join eTower for their weekly speaker series.

eTower was founded in 2001 to bring together the highest level entrepreneurs into one living community at Babson College. Through its development, eTower has become the most valued space on campus. Special guests and unique events attract students from all over to eTower's common room. Since inception, eTower companies are valued at over $2,500,000,000 and employ thousands of people.

Thursday, November 21

GEW Pop-up at Olin

11:30 a.m.
Olin Hall

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Olin!

GEW Pop-up at Reynolds

12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Campus Center

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Reynolds!

CWEL Circle: Virtual Thursday Maternal Optimism

12:30 p.m.
Online

In this session, we'll discuss how women and organizations can forge positive paths through work and motherhood with the co-author of Maternal Optimism, Danna Greenberg, Walter H. Carpenter Professor of Management at Babson College.

Hosted by The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Family Entrepreneurship Live Case Study

3:30 p.m.
Schlesinger Innovation Center

Join IFE Executive Director Lauri Union for this fun, interactive live case study featuring the CEO of a Florida-based real estate conglomerate. We are not sharing the name because that would give away too much about the case! In our live case study, you will have the chance to hear this CEO’s story and a dilemma they have faced. Decide what decision you would make and then find out what really happened! Our guest will talk about how they balance family legacy and obligation, while staying true to their own personal aspirations. 

Participants will apply concepts from design thinking to this family context and decide which path would best serve their family business and themselves.

Hosted by The Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Babson Connect: Boston 2019

6 p.m.
Babson Boston, 9th Floor
100 High Street
Boston, MA 02110

Join us at the 7th Annual Babson Connect: Boston, The Business of Hacking: Cybersecurity and protecting your privacy in the digital age, as we bring current and prospective students, alumni, partners, and friends together to build and enhance relationships, network, and learn.

Global cybersecurity spending is set to exceed $1 trillion by 2021, with ransomware attacks growing at an annual rate of more than 350%. Today, 61% of corporate privacy breach victims are companies with less than 1000 employees. As Boston continues to be become a go-to destination for emerging security companies, come hear from Babson Alumni and industry experts on current trends, career opportunities in this growing industry, and how to get in on the ground floor of Boston’s fastest developing sector.

Afterwards, participate in a networking session with local companies representing a wide range of industries here in the Boston area.

Rocket Pitch Mexico City

BBVA en México
Distrito Federal, Mexico

Babson College’s Rocket Pitch program is turning 20 years old in November and Mexico City is hosting its own event!

Friday, November 22

GEW Pop-up at Olin

11:30 a.m.
Olin Hall

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Olin!

GEW Pop-up at Reynolds

12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Campus Center

Join the Blank Center for a pop-up at Reynolds!