Babson undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni will compete for $75,000 in cash prizes plus “services in kind” donations from corporate sponsors in the 2021 B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®) Challenge.
Applicants will compete for prizes by demonstrating success in achieving major milestones through taking action.
January 19, 2021
Application and faculty sponsor form open on submission site.
January 22, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET
B.E.T.A. Challenge Info Session on Zoom.
February 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET
Business deliverables (executive summary, slide deck, headshot, and venture logo) may be uploaded through submission site starting on this date.
February 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET
Faculty sponsor deadline (undergraduate and graduate applicants only) – faculty sponsor information must be successfully entered through the submission site. This is optional for alumni applicants. For more information, please view Eligibility & Guidelines.
February 12, 2021 at Noon ET
Business Registration & Submission deadline – files (executive summary, slide deck, headshot, and venture logo) must be successfully uploaded through the submission site. A confirmation from the submission site must be received in order for the submission to be considered for the B.E.T.A. Challenge. For more information on application requirements, please view Eligibility and Guidelines.
February 19–March 5, 2021
Alumni evaluators review and score submitted materials online. Several groups of Babson College alumni evaluators will review each submission and assign a numeric score to each. The numeric scores from all evaluators will then be tabulated and the top applicants in the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni tracks will be selected based on the highest average score.
March 8-20, 2021
Faculty review of the top applicants in the undergraduate, graduate and alumni tracks will take place, and they will be narrowed down to the top six semifinalists.
March 24, 2021
Semifinalists will be notified.
March 28, 2021 at Noon ET
Semifinalists deadline – semifinalists will be required to submit a one page update document. Guidelines will be provided by The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. All materials must be submitted to the Blank Center team at firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon EST (no exceptions made).
March 31, 2021
Semifinalists will participate in Q&A with a panel of faculty judges. This event will be closed to the public. Judges will determine the three finalists in the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni tracks who will present in the finale.
April 2, 2021
Finalists will be notified.
April 5-15, 2021
Finalists will work with the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and Media and Production Services (MAPS) to record brief videos, presenting their ventures. These videos will be shared with the Babson community prior to the finale.
Friday, April 16, 2021 at Noon ET
B.E.T.A. Challenge Finale – Finalists will pitch to a panel of judges and answer Q&A. This event will be online and open to the public.
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5 a.m. ET
B.E.T.A. Challenge Winners Announcement – The winners will be announced during Babson Connect: Worldwide.