B.E.T.A. Challenge

The Blank Center’s B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®) Challenge recognizes major milestones Babson businesses have achieved by taking action.

Winners of the graduate, undergraduate, and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash plus​ “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors respectively. In addition, $2,500 is awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions. Applicants compete for prizes by demonstrating success in achieving major milestones by taking action.

The 2019 B.E.T.A. Challenge finals will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Olin Hall, as part of the Founders Summit.

Congratulations to the 2019 B.E.T.A. Challenge Winners:

Alumni Challenge
PerkZilla (James Cantoni '17, Jeremy Gislason, and Simon Hodgkinson)

Graduate Challenge
Taylor Custom Rings (Ashley Taylor MBA'20 and Jerry Taylor)

Undergraduate Challenge
Yad (Deborah Cohen '19)

Congratulations to the Special Award Recipients:

Centennial Award: $10,000 award sponsored by ACE & Company
Taylor Custom Rings (Ashley Taylor MBA'20 and Jerry Taylor)

Social Impact Award: $10,000 award sponsored by ACE & Company
Forefront (Yulkendy Valdez '17 and Josuel Plasencia '17)

High Impact Female Founder Award: $2,500 award sponsored by David Ragins '94
Rachel Pardue '19 (LOU)


2019 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

ACE & Company Logo

ACE & Company (ACE), founded in 2005, is a global investment management group specialized in direct investments. ACE is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges facing private investors today and provide unparalleled access to quality opportunities across the direct investment ecosystem. By combining in-house team capabilities with specialized partners, ACE is able to source, perform due diligence, and execute on superior investment opportunities across five continents. The flexible investment platform offers diverse portfolios across the stages of the investment life cycle from early, growth, to mature. The ACE team prides themselves in actively partnering with stakeholders to meet specific investment criteria and objectives and aims to actively improve investment returns by adding strategic value to both its portfolio companies as well as sourcing partners by leveraging its broad investment knowledge. ACE is regulated by the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland.

The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) works to ensure that there are opportunities for all alumni to feel connected to Babson. The BAA is committed to supporting the mission of the College by enhancing the incredible network of 41,000 alumni around the world. With each graduating class, the network becomes brighter, more diverse, and increasingly successful, thus providing a truly valuable resource to each other.

Citizens Bank

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $158.6 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions.

Silver Sponsor

Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis offers more than 2,000 lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists—in 29 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, immigration, intellectual property, and labor and employment legal services to clients of all sizes—from globally established industry leaders to just conceived startups.